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About this event
Join us for a virtual night of pitches, networking & learning from an all-star panel.
6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking
6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches
7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking
1. Danielle D'Agostaro - Partner at WV Ventures
Danielle D'Agostaro is the Principal Partner at WV Ventures, a $100M VC joint venture between Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, & Northwestern Mutual. Danielle is an experienced operator with a demonstrated history in early stage startup investments.
Prior to WVV, Danielle spent the last 7 years building the Alchemist Accelerator into the leading enterprise accelerator in the country where she was Managing Partner & COO. In that role, not only did she run the daily operations of the company, but she also invested in & worked with over 400 companies such as LaunchDarkly, Rigetti Quantum Computing, & Cobalt.io. Before that she worked at Adobe Systems as a digital marketer & developed marketing initiatives for UC Berkeley's campus restaurant's division.
Danielle received a B.A. in Media Studies from University of California, Berkeley where she finished her degree in 2.5 years. She has a passion for food, wine, & film & sees startup founders as the most inspirational people she has ever met.
2. Allison Williams - Principal at Newark Venture Partners
3. Michael A. Robinson - Partner at Aves Lair
Michael A. Robinson is the protege of the late Washingtonian, Walter G. Reed. In 2012 Reed & Robinson's worlds collided as a quaint friendship that quickly evolved into a business partnership. Robinson continues to build on the Reed legacy as he pioneers the movement of a new asset class & technology. A serial entrepreneur & macro trends researcher, Michael is Chairman / Co-founder of Reed Robinson Asset Strategies, Managing Partner at Aves Lair & Advisor to several blockchain startups.
4. Shirin Ahmed - Investor at VU Venture Partners
Shirin is VC investor, strategist, & policy advisor focused on investing in healthcare & consumer sector & advises startups on navigating with health policy issues. She works at VU Ventures, & previously has worked with several strategics & corporate venture funds. In addition, she is an active partner for startups in emerging countries, & mentors startups with MassChallenge, Columbia Lang Center, XRC Labs & MIT Innovation.
Previously she worked as a Management consulting advising investors, governments, fortune 500 & large academic medical centers in areas of strategy, M&A, turnaround advisory, transactions & new company creation.
She has a graduate degree in Population Health & Healthcare Management from Columbia University, & a BA from UCLA.