In an announcement that speaks to the women’s entrepreneurial organization’s core principles and mission, LaunchPad2X USA has announced that Christy Brown has been named president.
“I cannot be more fortunate to join Launchpad2X’s team as it aligns with my mission and passion around female-led companies who are playing to win,” Brown said in a statement.
A founder with 20+ years of successful entrepreneurship and investment experience, Brown comes to LaunchPad2X from Loeb Enterprises, where she managed the venture capital collective’s Loeb.atl startup lab for early-stage companies. From her position she oversaw Loeb’s mission and expansion strategy into Atlanta from hiring to investment, providing not only funding support but also services like marketing, sales, technology, operation, and legal counsel.
In this role, Brown’s expertise at providing resources, training and access to mentorship will be focused on helping women entrepreneurs scale startups and rise in business, in accordance with LaunchPad2X’s founder-to-CEO model. The nonprofit group instills confidence, financial acumen and leadership skills, and what it calls a “play-to-win mindset that is crucial to successfully growing companies and exiting.”
“My goal has always been tipping the bow of the ship for female founders who require direct capital as well as education to scale and grow,” Brown said.
Founder and CEO Bernie Dixon isn’t going far. Dixon will become Chairman and continue to
work with Brown. But the famously competitive founder’s statement sounds like a big vote of confidence.
“If I were to envision the perfect woman to drive Launchpad2X expansion, it would be Christy Brown,” Dixon says. “She has founded, scaled and exited multiple companies, leads with a consultative style and possesses the type of energy and vision that matches my intent to innovate and expand Launchpad2X into new markets, increase our impact and drive results.”
Dixon also says that this moment is critical for the organization. “In the aftermath of the pandemic, there is an urgent need to give women-led companies the support they need to develop the products and services that will spur job creation and help lead the economic recovery. As we focus on scaling LP2X to other cities, we look forward to partnering with other visionary organizations, communities and programs with the common goal of supporting underserved women
and minority founders.”
LaunchPad2X’s 3-day core program has graduated more than 170 women founders since it launched in 2012, resulting in more than $2 billion in economic impact.