Women in VC: 10 Emerging VC Fund Managers to Watch

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor the vital role of women in America’s society and economy. It’s also a time to recognize the remarkable achievements women have made in the venture capital (VC) industry.  

According to the most recent edition of our VC Human Capital Survey, women comprise 47% of the overall workforce of VC firms, 26% of investment professionals, 35% of junior investment professionals, and 19% of investment partners. Women represent 17% of management company owners. While women are still far from parity in investment leadership positions in the VC industry, there has been notable, steady progress in female representation in these roles since 2016. However, these advances have been uneven across demographic groups, underscoring the ongoing need for a focus on intersectional diversity and inclusivity.  

Our latest survey also found that smaller and younger VC firms have a higher representation of female investment partners. There has been a proliferation of new VC fund managers entering VC in recent years, many led by women, who are playing an increasingly important role in the ecosystem. Women-led funds can offer a distinct and diverse perspective in identifying and supporting promising startups, which have been found to yield superior results.  

This Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting 10 emerging VC fund managers who are already making waves and who are on a path towards making a big impact on innovation and financial returns. Let’s continue to build a future that embraces and champions the invaluable contributions of women in shaping the future of VC! 

 

Note: List is alphabetical by last name.  

Jenny Barba

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Features Capital 

Jenny is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Features Capital, a MedTech venture firm which invests in and engages teams creating breakthrough solutions that radically transform patient outcomes, improve health economics, and bridge healthcare access. In her 25-year career, Jenny has built a trusted network of relationships and completed over $4B in private and public healthcare transactions. 

Jenny is a Kauffman Fellow, Board Member of Laplace Interventional, Board Observer of OCON Therapeutics, Board Trustee of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Member of Recast Capital Accelerate, Steering Committee for University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation Hub, Advisor to BioUtah, Northern New England MedTech Collaborative, and Dartmouth Innovations for Cancer.  

Venture Forward fun facts: Jenny is a past participant in our most recent LP Office Hours 10 program, an alum of VC University, and Features is an SSBCI recipient with the State of Vermont and U.S. Treasury. 

Rachel ten Brink

General Partner & CEO, Red Bike Capital 

Rachel is the General Partner and CEO of Red Bike Capital, an early-stage VC fund that recently closed an equity investment from Bank of America and backs entrepreneurs building category-leading startups in B2B SaaS, Health & Wellness, and FinTech.   

Named Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020, Rachel is a founder, board member, investor, and growth expert. Before Red Bike Capital, Rachel was a Partner at Five Four Ventures. She is the Co-Founder of Scentbird, a Y-Combinator backed e-commerce startup that raised $29M in venture funding. She is one of just 90 Latinas to have ever raised over $1M in venture funding. Rachel led growth, brand, and revenue, scaling the company to over $100M in revenue. Prior, she spent 15 years building billion-dollar brands at Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Gillette, and L’Oreal. She is a mentor at Y-Combinator, 500 Startups, Techstars, and others, and was recognized as a Top 50 Latinx Tech Leader in the US.    

Venture Forward fun fact: Rachel is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 5 program. 

Yasmin Cruz Ferrine

General Partner & Co-Founder, Visible Hands VC 

Yasmin is a General Partner and Co-Founder at Visible Hands VC (VH), a pre-seed venture firm that funds underrepresented founders building high-growth tech startups. VH created its reputation for seeing and supporting exceptional founders through strategic partnerships with Google, AWS, Meta, NYCEDC, Barr Foundation, and many more.  
 
Yasmin has 17 years of experience leading capital raising, investment strategies, and advising foundations. Yasmin’s career includes cross-sector experiences from the 2020 U.S. presidential election campaign to Head of Growth and Strategy New England region at Brown Advisory to Director of Corporate Responsibility at John Hancock. Yasmin began her career as a buy-side small-cap equity analyst. She actively serves on the Mass FinTech Hub Advisory Board and All Raise’s Boston Chapter. She is also named a 50 Top Tech Power Player in New England by the Boston Globe. Yasmin is a member of the Kauffman Fellows 28th Class.  

 
Venture Forward fun fact: Yasmin is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 5 program.   

Shayna Harris

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Supply Change Capital 

Shayna is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Supply Change Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage food technology with a lens for culture and climate. Supply Change Capital has invested in 18 early-stage technology companies and has also co-founded initiatives to advance diversity across the VC and food tech landscape. The firm launched Supercharge III, a signature program focusing on leadership, management, and culture to prepare portfolio founders to effectively lead their fast-growing organizations. 

With two decades as a food industry leader and operator, Shayna has been an executive at fast-growth venture-backed start-ups including Farmer’s Fridge and Sourcemap. She was a pioneer of the sustainable procurement program at Mars and has advised brands like Starbucks, Unilever, and Stonyfield on building more resilient businesses and supply chains.  

Venture Forward fun fact: Shayna is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 7 program, which took place in Chicago. 

Fatima Husain

Co-founder & Managing Partner, Mosaic GP 

Fatima is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Mosaic GP, an early-stage VC firm with a $150M fund, backing exceptional founders building game-changing companies. As an operator turned investor, Fatima is interested in healthcare, fintech, enterprise and marketplaces. Fatima is a high-conviction investor focused on early-stage opportunities and an active proponent of founders who are underrepresented in venture. Prior to Mosaic GP, she was a Principal at Comcast Ventures.   
 
Post her Master’s in Public Health, she started her career in U.S. healthcare policy, then went on to become a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, followed by six years of leading product and growth at Airbnb. Fatima has also worked with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and developed policy recommendations used to reduce forced labor trafficking in South Asia. 

Venture Forward fun fact: Fatima is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 5 program. 

Kelauni Jasmyn

General Partner, Black Tech Nation Ventures 

Kelauni is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Tech Nation (BTN) as well as co-founder and General Partner at Black Tech Nation Ventures (BTN.vc). 

Kelauni built BTN in 2018 to serve as a digital community and resource for the Black tech unicorns in Pittsburgh and beyond. BTN supports over 2000+ members and allies across the country and works in partnership with several Pittsburgh foundations, local institutions, global tech companies, and successful venture firms that support the growth of Black opportunity and wealth through tech. In 2020, Kelauni formed BTN.vc with Partners David Motley and Sean Sebastian, a $50M national fund to support Black entrepreneurs and seed-stage startups led by Black and diverse founders. BTN.vc has garnered several investments from global Fortune 100 companies such as Bank of America and Google’s Capital G. 
 
Venture Forward fun fact: Kelauni is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 7 program, which took place in Chicago. 

Jennifer Keiser Neundorfer

Managing Partner, January Ventures 

Jennifer is the Managing Partner of January Ventures, which invests in pre-seed B2B software startups transforming legacy industries and closed its $21M second fund in 2022. Investors include The Kapor Foundation, Insight’s Vision Capital Fund, Bain Capital Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Arlan Hamilton, and Chris Dixon. As a Cuban-American and one of the few Latina GPs in venture, Jennifer’s committed to rewriting the networks in tech and venture capital.  

Prior to January, Jennifer was co-founder of Flashstarts, a startup accelerator focused on software startups outside of Silicon Valley. As an operator, she launched and scaled media and advertising businesses at 21st Century Fox and YouTube. Jennifer believes in demystifying venture for founders and future investors and is a mentor at TechStars and SomosVC. 

Millie Liu

Founding Partner, First Star Ventures 

Millie is the Founding Partner of First Star Ventures, investing in deep tech and frontier computing technology, such as AI/ML, decentralization, edge computing, and techbio. First Star Ventures is raising its third fund with a target of $40M and backs robotics, blockchain, AI, and machine learning-focused startups at the early stage.   

Millie was previously at APT, an enterprise data analytics startup acquired by Mastercard for $600M, where she helped Fortune 50 clients such as Walmart and P&G make better strategic decisions leveraging data. She was also the co-founder of an MIT startup working on unsupervised event detection, which later pivoted and became Infervision, an AI precision healthcare platform backed by Sequoia China. Millie is on the advisory board of MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab). 

Venture Forward fun fact: Millie is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 8 program. 

Jessica Robinson

Co-Founder & Partner, Assembly Ventures 

Jessica is the Co-Founder and Partner of Assembly Ventures, the first early-stage transatlantic venture capital platform investing in cutting-edge technologies across the mobility sector. Assembly Ventures closed its inaugural $76M mobility fund last year, and is focused on series seed, A, and B investments within the physical and digital movement of people, goods, data, and energy.  

Before establishing Assembly Ventures, Jessica co-founded the Michigan Mobility Institute, an organization dedicated to cultivating top talent for the mobility industry. She also led mobility efforts as the Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, played a pivotal role in building Zipcar, and previously worked at Techstars, launching accelerators with partners like Target and Virgin Media. Jessica was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in 2020 and is a microlender to Detroit-based women entrepreneurs and business owners.  

Venture Forward fun fact: Jessica is a past participant in our LP Office Hours 5 program. 

Zoe Weinberg

Founder & Managing Partner, ex/ante 

Zoe is the Founder and Managing Partner of ex/ante, which is focused on agentic tech, a technology that relates to human agency and rights in the digital age. Previously, Zoe served on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and at Google AI. Prior, she focused on national security, working in Mosul, Iraq during the counter-ISIL operation in 2017. She was an investor at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and at Goldman Sachs. 

Her work on national security has been published in the New York Times and Foreign Affairs, and she co-hosts the podcast Next in Foreign Policy. 

Venture Forward fun fact: Zoe is a past participant in our LP Office Hours program 9, which took place in New York. 

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