James Y. Lancaster

Managing Director - Texas Branch

James Y. Lancaster, Managing Director VIC Texas Branch, is a versatile and innovative technology executive and with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. He was the Founder and Managing Director of the Innovate Family of Companies including Innovate CXO Services, Innovate Angel Funds, and Innovate BCS Development, which were created to fill critical gaps in the central Texas innovation ecosystem.

Client technologies included a variety of software, innovative materials, internet-of-things, robotics, autonomous vehicles, drone technologies, medical device, biological control, and waste recycling technologies. Through Innovate CXO, his team provided interim management and consulting services including involvement in raising over $7M and NIH and NSF grant awards.

Clients ranged from very early stage ventures to those with revenues exceeding $50M. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked for Deloitte Consulting in Dallas with Fortune 500 clients such as Alcatel, Allied Signal, Ericsson, Bridgestone/Firestone, Haliburton, Herman Miller, Honeywell, NEC, and Sonoco.

He held other executive positions in the Dallas and College Station areas, providing business, medical, and IT solutions. Mr. Lancaster holds a BBA from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.