Innovate Angel Funds, LLC, formerly Research Valley Funds, LLC, is a family of member-managed angel investment funds located in Bryan/College Station, Texas, home to Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University System. Formed in July 2009, our funds are primarily dedicated to making early stage angel investments in science and technology ventures in and around Aggieland.
James Y. Lancaster
Founder/Fund Manager of Innovate Angel Funds, LLC, dedicated to making early-stage angel investments in science and technology ventures in and around the Aggieland and Texas. Other positions include CEO of Shape Memory Therapeutics, a medical device R&D company and CEO of Ecolyse, Inc., an industrial biocontrol company. Previously he was the founding General Manager of the Research Valley Innovation Center, a science and technology incubator teamed with The Texas A&M University System. Lancaster has co-founded multiple technology companies in addition to the Innovate Angel Funds. Lancaster is an ongoing volunteer and contributor of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University. Lancaster currently serves on the boards of Ecolyse and the non-profit BrightMinds Foundation. With an extensive background advising entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, his experience includes bootstrapped, angel investor and venture capital-backed businesses, as well as Fortune 500 clients such as Alcatel, Allied Signal, Ericsson, Bridgestone/Firestone, Haliburton, Herman Miller, Honeywell, Sonoco and Trinity. Lancaster holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and a MBA from The University of Texas at Austin