Kathy Chen

Senior Principal SHE/HER

Bio

Kathy is a Senior Principal at Ulu Ventures seeking to support diverse entrepreneurs with ambitious goals. She is focused on health and sustainability, where under-represented founders have incredible potential to shape the future.

Prior to Ulu Ventures, Kathy spent five years with 1955 Capital investing in early-stage, deep-tech startups in the health and climate sectors. Notable investments include alternative protein platform, Nature’s Fynd; electric-aviation platform, Ampaire; and next-generation surgical robotics platform, Noah Medical. She also supported a portfolio of 12 investments and led multiple efforts into new investment areas including health & nutrition, sustainable manufacturing, and electrified transport. Prior to 1955 Capital, Kathy spent three years in late-stage investing with cross-border private equity firm Unitas Capital, which managed over US$4 billion in assets across Asia, North America, and Europe. She began her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, executing a variety of M&A, debt & equity transactions in the US and China.

Kathy has assisted portfolio companies with fundraising, financial planning/budgeting, analytics & KPI design, new market & product line research, and beyond. She also consulted for AccessAfya, an affordable primary healthcare provider serving the urban communities of Kenya, and Full Harvest, a B2B platform addressing food waste at the supply-chain level.

Kathy obtained her BSc and MBA from the Wharton School, where she was heavily involved with sustainability and impact investing. She is proud to have earned a minor in Architecture from the Penn School of Design.

Kathy is a “constant gardener” and has successfully kept alive over 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and houseplants. She loves traveling and hopes to add to her list of 35+ countries explored.