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With Laurent Grill (Luma Launch), Chinedu Enekwe (Aux21 Capital), Siya Purohit (Pathway Ventures), Nihal Maunder (Toyota AI Ventures).
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 06:30 PM   Not Known   Online

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1. Laurent Grill - Partner & Lead Investor at Luma Launch

Laurent is an entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist who works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures & disruptive products. Laurent believes that there is a fundamental need for additional support in the early stage ecosystem in Los Angeles & other budding technology hubs around the US & globally. This desire to support these growing tech communities led him to his current role as Partner & Lead Investor at Luma Launch, a pre-seed to seed venture fund. Luma Launch is focused on early-stage startups solving major problems in a handful of categories including the future of work, healthcare & education, supporting underserved communities & environmental solutions/clean energy.

2. Chinedu Enekwe - Partner at Aux21 Capital

Partner at Aux21 Capital, the 1st & 2nd gen immigrant VC, investment fund advisor, securities attorney & startup mentor.

3. Siya Raj Purohit - General Partner of Pathway Ventures

Siya Raj Purohit is the Co-founder / General Partner of Pathway Ventures. Prior to starting Pathway, she was an early employee at Udacity & Springboard. She's the author of Engineering America, a book on the country's jobs-skills gap that she published as a college sophomore, & regularly guest lectures about the Edtech & Future of Work sectors. Siya is an alum of the University of Texas at Austin & Harvard University.

4. Nihal Maunder - Investment team at Toyota AI Ventures

Nihal Maunder works on the investment team at the early stage venture firm Toyota AI Ventures, responsible for sourcing startups, evaluating opportunities, & working on internal technical projects.

Prior to joining Toyota AI Ventures, Nihal worked at Johnson Controls' innovation lab alongside the artificial intelligence (AI) & deep learning team, where he built full-stack AI solutions. He also co-founded an AI startup in the talent acquisition space & participated in the FreeVentures & SkyDeck startup accelerator programs at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nihal received a bachelor's degree in data science from UC Berkeley.
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