We asked our Fund81 Forum for venture capitalists to nominate portfolio companies to participate in a startup showcase. We received over 50 nominations. Four of those startups are featured in this episode.
Veho, nominated by Morris Wheeler from Drummond Road Capital
Nori, nominated by Hannah Davis from the Techstars Sustainability Program in partnership with the Nature Conservancy
Soona, nominated by me, Elizabeth Kraus, from the MergeLane venture fund
Leaf, nominated by Ethan Austin from the Western Union Accelerator powered by Techstars
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This discussion is an expression of personal opinion and does not represent the opinion of MergeLane or any company we discuss. Our conversations are for informational purposes only, including any mention of securities or funds. This is not legal, business, investment or tax advice and is not intended for use by any investor. Certain MergeLane funds own, or may own in the future, some of the securities and companies discussed in this podcast.
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