Louis M. Freeman, Jr., is a private investor, entrepreneur, and the CEO of Innovation Catalyst and the Catalyst Fund of Baton Rouge, a Louisiana focused entrepreneur development organization and early stage startup fund. He is also a member of the NO/LA Angel investor group.
Mr. Freeman has diverse and global investment experience with over 25 years experience in creating, financing and managing small businesses in the USA and in Asia. His business experience is wide ranging across many industries, including computers and electronics, import/export, consumer products, resorts, food and beverage, water and waste technologies, First Responder & HAZMAT response, software, alternative energy and sustainability.
Mr. Freeman has a B.S.M., Management from Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of Business. He spent 5 years in Asia with a Hong Kong based private equity/venture capital firm. Mr. Freeman returned to New Orleans in 1994 where he remained until 2005, relocating to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. He currently divides his time between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, developing entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the region.
Mr. Freeman is active in the community, involved with numerous charitable foundations and educational boards. He is currently a trustee of The Rosamary Foundation in New Orleans and a Director of the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans. He is an advisor to Bastion, Community of Resilience, purpose built community of veteran warriors with life altering injuries.
William C. Ellison, VP & General Counsel
Bill Ellison is an serial entrepreneur, attorney, and private investor. Bill was in private practice for 20 years before pivoting to the entrepreneurial world in 2000, when he became an investor, the General Counsel and Director of an HIT start-up company. Bill subsequently became the President and CEO of the publically traded company, which was sold in 2012. He has subsequently started, operated, and invested in several start-up companies.
Bill graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in 1982 and a JD in 1986.
Genevieve Silverman, Investment Associate
Genevieve Silverman has served for eight years as the Director of Finance of Research Park Corporation (RPC), the parent company of Louisiana Technology Park, a business incubator for startup technology firms in Louisiana. In this role, Genevieve handles all accounting, finance and business office functions for RPC and its subsidiaries, as well as providing assistance to incubator clients in the areas of accounting, finance, tax credits, financial modeling, and investor relations.
Prior to joining RPC, Genevieve spent several years in regional commercial banking and venture capital, most recently as Senior Associate at Dean Capital, a boutique venture capital firm providing debt and equity investments to Louisiana businesses, primarily early-stage startups. During her term at Dean Capital, she screened applications, conducted due diligence, prepared investment memorandums and financial models, monitored portfolio investments, and assisted with the sale of a portfolio company.
Genevieve is a Certified Economic Developer in the State of Louisiana and a 2011 graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Leadership program. She has also completed the Grantwriting USA seminar and written successful grants for RPC. She is active in the community, having served on the boards of Baton Rouge Green, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, Forum 35, and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans.
Genevieve graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. She then gained a Masters degree in International Finance and Business from Columbia University, and later completed the pre-CPA program at University of New Orleans.