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Maria Velissaris

Founding Partner, SteelSky Ventures, LLC

Maria Velissaris is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She is the Founding Partner of SteelSky Ventures LLC, the leading venture capital fund focused on women’s healthcare, with $73 million in assets under management.

Under Maria’s leadership, SteelSky has grown its portfolio to 16 companies, built an ecosystem of strategic LPs and advisors across the healthcare landscape, and championed innovation in markets that have previously been overlooked and underserved. Collectively, SteelSky’s portfolio companies have generated about $500 million in ARR, attained valuations exceeding $5 billion, and impacted 40 million lives around the world.

As a pioneer in a new category of investment, Maria speaks regularly on investing and entrepreneurship panels for organizations including the Milken Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the American Hospital Association. Maria has been named a 2022 USA Justice Fellow by Eisenhower Fellowships, and under her leadership SteelSky Ventures was named the Blazer winner in the Firemakers category of the Atlanta Inno Fire Awards. She’s also been featured as a top VC to watch by Forbes, profiled on ABC News and the Atlanta Small Business Network, honored with the 2020 NYU Stern Alumni Changemaker award, and named to Business Insiders’ List of Rising Stars in Venture Capital.

Maria obtained a B.S. in Information Systems from Wake Forest University, an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Stern School of Business at New York University