Liz has spent most of her career in the early stage venture capital industry. Starting out as an investment advisor with Enterprise Ireland, a public VC investing €40m per annum into 70+ startups following on as programme manager at HBAN, Ireland´s national business angel network, establishing 7 business angel syndicates across the country with an investment capacity of approx. €20m.
As deputy director for the Venture Lab at IE Business School (ranked No.1 in Europe, 13 worldwide by FT ´13) Liz was responsible for accelerating 50 teams and spinning out on average 10 start ups per year connecting teams to over €15m in capital. As managing director of the Venture Network, a weekly pitch slam event, Liz built a community of over 1200 entrepreneurs with 350+ startups pitching to 50+ investors over 3 years. Liz also launched editions of the Venture Network in 11 cities across Spain and internationally in Bogota, Medellin, Johannesburg, Helsinki, Taipei, & Tel Aviv.
While at IE Liz helped design and implement the Spain Startup Co-investment Fund, a €40m seed fund run in collaboration with Enisa, Spain´s leading government agency for innovation. Liz also sat on the steering committee of the Startup Europe Partnership, a platform for scaling startups in Europe launched by the EU Commission.
Now as VP International for Spain Startup, Liz´s goal is to showcase the talent and innovation coming out of Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Latin America at The South Summit, one of Europe’s leading startup conferences. Liz is Spain´s only Kauffman Fellow and was listed as one of Europe’s Top 100 Women in Tech by GirlsInTech, and one of the Top 100 Women in Tech on Twitter by Business Insider.