Fran Marcum

Fran Marcum is a Board Member, and Founding Member and GP of Relevance Capital, based in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Fran began her career in education before pivoting into the entrepreneurial world out of circumstance. That leap of faith culminated in a 30-year career in aerospace where she served as Chairman of Micro Craft, Inc., an engineering and design firm that manages and conducts various testing solutions for aerospace projects like NASA's X-43A and X-43C Hyper-X Programs. Following her exit from Micro Craft, Inc., Fran founded the Tullahoma Business Incubator in 1999 with a mission to nurture, mentor, and transform young companies to scalable success. Along the way, she cultivated her own venture capital experience as a buy-side and sell-side adviser and consultant in numerous transactions. Today, Fran serves as Managing Partner at Marcum Capital as well as Founder and CEO of NEST-TN, a state certified TNInvestco actively supporting AutoXLR8R; the 13-week automotive accelerator program developed by the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Center whose mission is to identify, commercialize and fund promising new technologies applicable to the automotive industry.