Mara Lewis is a serial entrepreneur and champion for innovation. She’s founded 3 tech startups and is currently the Managing Director of Start Co., a seed stage accelerator and venture fund. Mara sits on the Board of the Consumer Technology Association (formally CEA), as well as the Investment Committee, overseeing a $100MM fund. In addition to accelerating early-stage startups, she advises Fortune 500 companies on innovation strategy and growth venture investments. She has been quoted in the media as a thought leader for women in technology, and in 2013, helped launch Upstart, one of the nation’s first accelerators and funds for women-led tech startups. Mara is passionate about supporting founders through mentorship, capital, and technical assistance. She resides in San Francisco, California.