Venture Capital: Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

Day 2 Afternoon

Jenny Wang

Investor, NEO

Prior to joining the investing team at Neo, Jenny co-founded re—inc with 4 USWNT soccer players and World Cup champions. She served on Zoom’s Business Advisory Board and has been an angel investor and Sequoia Scout. She volunteers with Kode With Klossy and is the co-host of the Techsetters podcast. She studied CS at Harvard.

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Sarah Kunst

Managing Director, Cleo Capital

Sarah Kunst (@sarahkunst, she/her), managing director of Cleo Capital (@cleocapital), is an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel & Mohr Davidow Ventures. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine (@marieclairemag). She founded LA Dodgers-backed Proday and has served as a senior advisor at Bumble (@bumble), where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund and on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment. 

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Sharon Vosmek

CEO, Astia
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Pranavi Cheemakurti

Venture Investor, Acceleprise VC

Pranavi (she/her) is on the investment team at Acceleprise where she invests in early stage B2B software across our accelerator and seed fund. Prior to Acceleprise, Pranavi did early stage investing at a venture fund in the Bay Area and spent some time on the trading floor at RBC Capital Markets. She is passionate about the public sector where she was awarded the Outstanding Youth Delegate award as a multi-time delegate at the United Nations Youth Assembly. Outside of work, Pranavi is currently actively involved with Neythri - a community by and for South Asian womxn. Pranavi moonlights as a writer where her work has been published on TechCrunch, Crunchbase and Hackernoon. Pranavi was recently named as a “Top 29 Gen Z Up and Comer in Venture Capital” by Business Insider. 

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Monica Dean

Managing Director, USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

At the start of 2021, Monica Dean joined the Greif Center as our new Managing Director. Monica comes to us with extensive experience in entrepreneurship center leadership, serving most recently as Director of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Smith College and, before that, Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York.

In these roles, Monica built robust and award-winning programming portfolios encompassing workshops, idea-to-launch pipeline programs, competitions, and more – sometimes within the school itself, often with high profile institutional and corporate partners. Prior to her time at Smith and Baruch, Monica served as a Senior Vice President at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, where her responsibilities included creation and oversight of the National Business School Network. She has also worked in management consulting, as an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (MBA) and Howard University (BS in civil engineering). Monica is a mentor and E-team reviewer for VentureWell, a member of the Mass Mutual Catalyst Fund Investment Committee, an Advisory Council Member of CNBC Disruptor 2021 and a member of Pipeline Angels.