A Conversation with Melissa Hanna: Startup Journey of an Activist-Entrepreneur

Thursday, January 28th, 2:00 PM EST

This intimate conversation with an AVG portfolio company CEO will focus on the inspiration for her business and the special challenges she faced as a diverse founder. There’s humor, and inspiration in this founder’s story, who’s solving a problem for all moms and babies, with particular attention to the needs of women of color. We’ll discuss where Melissa is at in her entrepreneurial journey, where she hopes to go, and lessons learned along the way. AVG’s Principal Krithika Kumar will host the session.

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About Your Presenters

Melissa Hanna, Co-Founder & CEO - Mahmee

Melissa Hanna, Co-Founder & CEO - Mahmee

Melissa Hanna, JD, MBA, is Co-Founder and CEO of Mahmee, a comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care coordination platform that increases positive health outcomes for moms and babies, backed by Serena Williams and Mark Cuban. An activist-entrepreneur, Melissa received her MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and her JD from Southwestern Law School, where she now teaches as an adjunct professor of corporate and technology law. Her previous experience includes roles in operations and strategy at startups in healthcare, education, digital media and consumer goods. Melissa has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Business Insider, Cheddar TV, Black Enterprise, USA Today, etc. She was named to Inc. Magazine’s “2019 Female Founders 100” list and was one of Huffington Post “Culture Shifters” of 2020.

Krithika Kumar, Principal - Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika Kumar, Principal - Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika is a member of Strawberry Creek Ventures, our fund for Berkeley alumni and community, and brings experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and scientific research to the team. Krithika has led diligence and sourced deals as a Venture Partner at Humboldt Fund and a Senior Venture Fellow at Castor Ventures. Prior to venture capital, she co-founded a cognitive fitness company to enhance brain performance across the age spectrum. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Prime Biologics where she established strategic partnerships in the US, EU, and emerging markets. Krithika did her postdoctoral research studying the gut microbiome at Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Texas A&M University.

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