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With Amanda Eilian & Lisa Blau (Co-Founders, Able Partners).
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 @ 05:30 PM   FREE   Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave
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Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg: Amanda Eilian & Lisa Blau, Co-founders & Partners, Able Partners

**NOTE: This month's Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg event will be hosted at Bloomberg's 731 Lexington Ave office. Please check the WHEN & WHERE section below for details.**

Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, & Tech:NYC invite you to join us for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series, featuring Amanda Eilian & Lisa Blau, Co-founders & Partners of Able Partners, in conversation with Caroline Hyde, host of Bloomberg Television's flagship daily technology show.

When Eilian & Blau founded Able in 2017, they wanted to hone in on investing in the fastest-growing companies in what they've come to call the positive living space. Since then, Able's portfolio has grown to 70 companies featuring many leading consumer health startups, including Goop, Spring Health, Oura, Maven, & more. This focus on health & wellbeing is rooted in their own backgrounds as entrepreneurs - Eilian previously co-founded video creation platform Videolicious, which was acquired by Squarespace, while Blau built & exited companies like & Portero.

Eilian & Blau's investment theses are well-aligned: Both are focused on areas in wellbeing that have historically been stigmatized or overlooked, which often results in underserved markets & large business opportunities. This thesis has led them to investments in the biomarker testing startup Function, government benefits management platform Benny, & atai Life Sciences, a company developing psychedelic-based drugs for people with mental health disorders, like depression.

We hope you'll join us for this conversation, in which Eillian & Blau will discuss the areas in the health & wellness sector that are still ripe for disruption, what's left to do to narrow the wellness gap, their playbook for supporting female founders, & their predictions for the health & wellness VC landscape in 2024.

5:30 PM
Cocktail reception begins

6:00 PM
Doors close, conversation starts

6:45 PM
Audience Q&A

7:00 PM
Networking & hors d'oeuvres to follow

7:45 PM
Last Call/Bar Closes

PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited & registered attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close promptly at the top of the hour. Individuals arriving late may be turned away from the building. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Amanda Eilian
Co-founder & Partner
Able Partners
Amanda has been actively investing in early stage consumer companies for the last decade, drawing on her experience as an institutional investor & entrepreneur. Previously, Amanda was the co-founder of Videolicious, an enterprise video creation platform backed by Amazon, & served as its President until it was acquired by Squarespace (NYSE:SQSP). Under Amanda's leadership, Videolicious grew to over 5 million users in 103 countries, including Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Walmart, SAP, Verizon & GE. Prior to forming Videolicious, Amanda was a founding partner of Capitol Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) that completed a $265 million initial public offering & became Two Harbors Investment Corp., a $3 billion REIT (NYSE:TWO). TWO grew to over $5 billion of market capitalization (including a spin-off). Amanda began her career in private equity & mergers & acquisitions. Amanda is a Truman Scholar & received her MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar, & graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with Honors in Economics. Amanda serves on the Board of Directors of the Melanoma Research Alliance & is a member of the Tech:NYC Leadership Council.

Lisa Blau
Co-founder & Partner
Able Partners
Lisa Blau is a Founding Partner of Able Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early stage companies in the health & wellness space. With over 70 companies in the portfolio, & more than 60% with female founders, Able's investments include Bumble (NASDAQ: BMBL), Daily Harvest, Spring Health, Oura, Maven, Alma & Compass Pathways (NASDAQ: CMPS). Lisa chairs the Investor Group of the Leadership Now Project, a membership organization of business professionals committed to renewing democracy. She is a Board Member of KIPP New York & The Mount Sinai Parenting Center. Lisa has a BA from Duke & an MBA from Harvard Business School, & lives in New York City with her husband & three children.
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