Start Co., formerly LaunchYourCity Inc., has essentially expanded its footprint out to the West Coast, the organization announced this week.
It’s opened an office in San Francisco to serve as a launch pad from which to “encourage technology talent and startup investors to look into Memphis to grow and prosper.” That office will be led by serial entrepreneur Mara Lewis.
Meanwhile, Start Co. also has added three employees to support the enterprise in Memphis. Hillary Quirk and Rachel Wilhite will serve as community and relationship managers, respectively. Al Pickett will serve as mentorship director.
Start Co. also has announced a partnership with JumpStart Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit venture development organization.
The partnership will attempt to capture data related to creating and developing high-growth ventures, inform the enhancement of entrepreneurial support and identify productive partnerships in Memphis. Mike Mozenter, president of JumpStart’s regional consulting arm, said the group chose to work with Start Co. because of its track record supporting high-growth tech startups in Memphis.