Lindsey Benefield is the Investment Director for Innovate Mississippi. Her primary focus is to connect startups with the necessary capital. She oversees the Mississippi Seed Fund, runs the $26M InvestMS Programs (Mississippi’s SSBCI Venture Capital Programs), and manages the Mississippi Angel Investor Network. Through her work, Lindsey connects with Mississippi investors who support and foster the growth of the Mississippi entrepreneurship ecosystem. Lindsey works alongside Tony Jeff and the Capital Team to build regional Angel Funds across the state, expanding founders’ access to capital.

Before joining Innovate Mississippi, Lindsey spent seven years in Tech and CyberSecurity as an award-winning account executive specializing in SaaS Sustainable Growth with tech giants such as Dell, Blackboard, Sage, and Avast.

Lindsey launched her own startup and established herself as a leader in Junior Leagues across the country. She founded the JLC Entrepreneurs Social in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Lindsey lived as an expat in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg where she was an active member of the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University and currently resides in Jackson with her family.