Ulu in Action – March 2023

Making History graphic with faces of women within the letters

We are inspired by the passion and resiliency of our Ulupreneurs. During this time of uncertainty, we hosted a call with 90 founders and offered advice and support. We saw them come together to share real-world solutions for mission critical dilemmas.

  • We celebrated the stories of our female founders during Women’s History Month.
  • Our founders raised $40M

Welcome Marc Schneider

Marc Schneider

We heartily welcomed former Ulupreneur Marc Schneider as our new entrepreneur in residence. He is the Champion of Never Giving Up.  Read about Marc’s extraordinary career and what drives his entrepreneurial passions. We are honored to have Marc on the Ulu team.

Crunchbase News

Crunchbase News featured Miriam Rivera in a piece about the VC perspective on the SVB collapse. Among other quotes, Miriam commented  about how deeply SVB understood the market and how it provided invaluable access to credit for startups.


Axios quoted Maria Salamanca in an article about exploring concerns by Latina VCs that the latest economic woes could stunt the inroads they’ve made in the industry.

Biz Journals

Biz Journals selected Miriam as one of a handful of female business leaders from the Bay Area for their national BizWomen 100 list.

National Security Professionals (NASP)

National Security Professionals (NASP)

Kathy Chen was featured as a panelist at the National Security Professionals (NASP) annual conference, entitled “Venture Capital – Which Way is Up”, and explored challenges and opportunities for venture in the current market. The conference focused on how LPs need to continue to grow their diverse and emerging markets programs.

Stanford School of Business

Stanford School of Business logo

Miriam was a panelist at the La Communidad de Stanford GSB Leadership Summit. Miriam and co-panelist Jose Feliciano (an Ulu LP and Managing Partner of Clearlake Capital Group) explored the GSB Racial Equity Initiatives, including how to increase board effectiveness through diversity, investing capital with diverse fund managers, and enhancing economic outcomes for Black women.

Photos of four Ulupreneurs that we featured this month: Maricel Saenz,Hana Yang, Kiki Freedman, Anuj Khandelwal

More than a quarter of Ulupreneurs across all three Ulu funds are women. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we highlighted a few of their stories. We spoke with Maricel Saenz, a passionate coffee-drinking environmentalist and founder of Minus (coffee minus the beans); Hana Yang, whose mission at Allocate is to create a more transparent and inclusive private market; and Kiki Freedman, co-founder of Hey Jane, who believes all women should have access to abortion healthcare services and is providing those services via telemedicine.

We also featured Anuj Khandelwal, CEO and co-founder of Empo Health, and explored his passion for helping to prevent diabetic foot ulcers and amputation.

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Rusty Dornin
Rusty Dornin is the director of marketing and communications for Ulu Ventures. An award-winning radio and television journalist, she was a CNN correspondent for nearly 18 years covering domestic and world news ranging from war to natural disasters and tales of crime and politics.
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