Juliana Garaizar

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Fund(s): Rising Tide Fund, Consumer Fund
Location: Houston

Juliana is a lead investor in Portfolia’s Rising Tide Fund and Portfolia’s Consumer Fund. Juliana led the Rising Tide’s investment in Try the World. She led the Consumer Fund investment in Sandstone.  Juliana is currently the Director of the TMC Venture Fund at the Texas Medical Center. She formerly served as the Managing Director of The Houston Angel Network (HAN), which has invested $73M in 170 companies, making it the most active angel network in the world.

Juliana is also a Kauffman Fellow in Class 20, a prestigious two-year, Silicon Valley-based leadership program for venture capitalists. More    than    470    Kauffman    Fellows    have    collectively deployed nearly $200B  in  capital  and  created  more  than 750,000  jobs  worldwide.

Juliana was the Manager of the Sophia Business Angels network in the French Riviera (EBAN’s Best European Angel Network in 2010) and of Antipolis Innovation Campus, as well as Project Manager of several International Projects funded by the European Commission. Previously, Juliana worked for 5 years in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at international level.Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School, specializing in Entrepreneurship.. She is President of one of Sophia Business Angels sidecar funds SBA ISF Holding and Expert Committee Member of Success Europe (EBAN’s Best European Early Stage Fund 2010), a member of the UT Horizons Fund External Advisory Committee as well as an International Founding Member of Istanbul’s Galata Business Angels. Juliana has been recently honored with the Strathmore’s Who is Who Professional of the Year 2015 award in Financial Consulting and Investments.