Ulu in Action – September 2023

Three Ulu Latinas standing together outside

Latinx founders comprise one quarter of Ulupreneurs and we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a profile on one of our newest founders, Roby Penacastro. The Ulu team has 25% of all Latina partners in US institutional funds over $100M: Miriam Rivera, Nancy Torres, and Maria Salamanca. AND Miriam was named one of eight Hispanic VC Trailblazers by Venture Forward!

VC trailblazers

Miriam 8 VC Trailblazers

Venture Forward, the nonprofit founded by the NVCA to support both current and emerging venture capital investors, named Miriam as one of eight VC trailblazers in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


TechCrunch Article

TechCrunch interviewed Miriam Rivera in an article featuring seven investors at the Kauffman Fellows VC Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, on their perspectives regarding the African startup scene.

Kauffman Fellows Summit

Clint Miriam Kauffman Fellows Afria

Miriam Rivera, Clint Korver, and Nancy Torres all attended the global Kauffman Fellows Summit this year in Nairobi, Kenya. Miriam and Clint each led Fellow-generated content sessions focused on fundraising and navigating special situation deals in today’s environment, respectively. Over the course of four days, the team had an opportunity to strengthen connections with the Kauffman network, gain valuable insights from the local VC ecosystem, and nurture curiosity about new investment opportunities.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Roby Peñacastro of Leadsales

Ulu Ventures kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring a profile on Ulupreneur Roby Peñacastro, co-founder and CEO of Leadsales, a conversational commerce tool on WhatsApp, for LatAm small businesses.

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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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