Lightship engages EIR (Executive-in-Residence) professionals who held or currently hold executive positions with corporations including Yum! Brands, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and more. EIRs are thoughtfully matched to Lightship’s portfolio companies based on industry, experience and their ability to meaningfully guide our founders to win.
While we’ve earned our reputation as a region known for producing hard working folks and bootstrapping industrialists, the Midwest is quietly expanding upon that reputation for the 21st century by passing the Northeast, South and the West in exit valuations-- all while receiving less than half, on average, of the investment dollars taken in by each region.
All founders who are people of color, women, founders in the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and all others who have traditionally been underserved by venture capital.
By investing in remarkable underrepresented founders, in a region of the United States that has the least VC competition & yields the best exit outcomes-- we’ve identified the formula for a highly impactful, highly profitable, venture fund.