Jan Bouten

Jan is a partner at Innova, an early stage venture capital fund in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently active on the board of several portfolio companies, including DevCon, iScreen Vision, Sweetbio, SOMAVAC, Shurpa, and TradeLanes. He was a past board member, or observer at Digitalsmiths (acquired by TiVo), Mobile-Mind (acquired by WorldCell), Resolute Games (acquired by Lokion), Nextreme Thermal (acquired by Laird Technologies) and Covelight (acquired by Radware).

His professional experience includes founder and executive of two startups, 10+ years of high tech industry experience in engineering, marketing and sales, and more than 15 years as a seed and early-stage VC. This solid, diversified experience base allows him to provide advice and mentoring to companies and entrepreneurs.

Prior to Innova, Jan spent seven years at Aurora Funds, a $235MM venture fund based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Here, he was involved in negotiating, structuring and monitoring 11 investments, and was involved in three IPOs and three acquisitions in the healthcare and technology fields.

Bouten serves on the board of the University of Memphis Research Foundation, and was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke University. He is a recognized expert in the field as a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, as well as Master Mentor for LaunchTennessee.
Jan received his MBA from Duke University, and also holds a M.S. degree in Human-Computer Systems (AI & UX) from the United Kingdom, and a B.S. in Computer Science from The Netherlands.