Chris Franz


Economic Development Commission Board Member

Chris Franz is the managing director of Pioneer Fund. Chris has over 20 years of experience in building and scaling high technology, high growth companies. Chris has founded more than 10 startups focusing on emerging technology, data analytics, SaaS software and data center systems. He has built companies funded by venture capital, angel capital and bootstrapping. He is a respected mentor, board member and leader of the startup movement in Colorado. Chris has run technology organizations with budgets from nearly nothing to $3.5B and enjoyed all of them. He has managed multiple investment funds focused on Colorado start-ups and has served on numerous start-up and non-profit boards to drive the entrepreneurial ecosystem including the boards of Startup Colorado and Peak Startup. Chris holds a Masters degree from Stanford University and a Bachelors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Chris is passionate about driving economic opportunity and diversity through startups. Plus, he just loves Colorado.