Chris Mumford

Mentor at Launch and 1789 Venture Lab; Adjunct Professor of Practice, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chris Mumford is a mentor at Launch Chapel Hill and at 1789 Venture Lab. He teaches innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor of practice at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is the founder of Joe Start Up, a StreetSmart entrepreneurial education website, which includes whiteboard animation, an easy-to-use startup plan builder and a social network. During the last 15 years, Mumford founded several businesses in the US and Asia.

He served in roles as chief executive office, chief financial officer, chief operating offer, vice president of sales and vice president of design, while raising more than $30 million from angel, venture capital and private equity investors for several projects. He was an investment banker for seven years. His experience includes consumer products, technology, education and social networks. His current interests include education, technology, apparel and health care.

Mumford grew up in Chapel Hill, NC where he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with honors. He has two children with his wife Joelle Permutt. He enjoys competing in triathlons, cycling, fly fishing and coaching. One day, he hopes to finish editing his novel about his experiences wandering around the world.