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WE PLAN, WE PLAY
We do VC differently through standout strategies, bold initiatives, and a global network of investors, business leaders, and influencers.
As a world-class athlete, businesswoman, philanthropist and mother, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. She has persevered to become one of the top tennis players in history with 23 Grand Slam titles.
Serena began actively investing nine years ago when she saw the impact that startups had on everyday lives; in building Serena Ventures, she has been able to multiply that effort.
Alison Rapaport Stillman is a Founding General Partner at Serena Ventures, overseeing portfolio management and sourcing new investments. In addition to growing the reach and impact of the SV portfolio, Alison is the person founders turn to when they need pointed advice, detailed feedback, and tough love.
Alison holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a CFA charterholder.
ALISON RAPAPORT STILLMAN
Pavan is an investor at Serena Ventures where he researches market trends, dives into emerging sectors, and sources new investment opportunities. He supports all aspects of existing deals through analysis, market research, competitive landscapes, financial modeling, and deal structuring.
He brings a unique perspective from product & operational roles at early-stage startups building everything from early food delivery to web3. Most recently, he was on the founding team of Cent, which became one of the first web3 social networks. He is overly optimistic about tech and the value it can bring in building a better future and the unlock that comes with making venture capital more equitable.
Kyra is the Operations Manager for Serena Ventures where she oversees the day-to-day operations for the team and helps manage LPs, Portfolio Founders, and prospective investment companies. She comes to Serena Ventures from Equitable Advisors, where she worked as an Investment Operations Specialist.
Kyra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Math from Southern Methodist University.
CHIEF OF STAFF TO SERENA WILLIAMS
Prior to joining Serena Ventures, Olivia launched her first startup, SevenSkin Beauty, a skincare company that combines science with technology and education.
Her success led her to venture capital, where her interests include women’s health, retail, and child development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Family, Youth & Community Science from the University of Florida.
As an investor, Veronica sources, conducts diligence, and provides portfolio support at Serena Ventures. Veronica has dedicated her career to supporting founders who work to democratize access to a better life, and her unique perspective is informed by 10 years of experience as a strategy consultant, founder, and investor. Most notably, she helped launch the African Leadership University, named one of Africa’s most innovative companies in 2016 by Fast Company, and founded Black Women in Venture Capital, a community of over 200 Black women in venture capital who envision an equitable VC system.
Veronica is a proud Alumna of Howard University and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
De’Havia Stewart is an investor at Serena Ventures, where she is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing deals. She has interest in early stage investing across Embedded Finance, Digital Health, and B2B SaaS.
De’Havia brings 3 years of early stage investing experience, in which she helped deploy $100M+ in capital. Aside from day-to-day work, De’Havia volunteers in leadership positions with non-profits focused on decreasing the funding gap such as BLCK VC and HBCUvc.
De’Havia began her career in consulting at Accenture Strategy, where she gained project experience within M&A, Operating Model Strategy, and Digital Strategy.
Through a champion mindset and unparalleled network, we empower founders to change the world. Since 2014, Serena Ventures has advocated for founders who exemplify innovation, while promoting the emergence of companies from women and people of color.
We believe that investors should be catalysts for change, which is why we invest in products and ideas that unlock doors for founders and adds value for investors, creating opportunities for an enhanced way of living for us all.
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