Broadening the On-ramp for Women-run Companies


Megan O'Connell

Megan O'Connell

Elizabeth Kraus is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at MergeLane. MergeLane invests in high-potential startups and venture capital funds with at least one female leader. Through her personal angel investments and as the CIO of MergeLane, Elizabeth has invested in over sixty startups and recruited a network of over 300 mentors and 600 investors to support this portfolio. Elizabeth also founded Fund81, a platform to support emerging venture capital fund managers, and is the host of the Fund81 podcast and monthly forum. Elizabeth leverages her love for fitness and the outdoors to create authentic relationships with startup investors, mentors and entrepreneurs while skiing, hiking and biking in both Boulder and the Vail Valley. Elizabeth facilitates the Vail Investment Group (VIG), a community of investors who review private investments and funds across various industries. Elizabeth is also the membership chair of Vail Women Elect, the Vail chapter of a national network of local giving groups working to increase the number of women elected to public office. 

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Are Women Really Producing a Better Bottom Line?

MergeLane was established on a simple principle: investing in women is not only the right thing to do – it is the smart thing to do. In the time I’ve been working with MergeLane, I’ve researched over 1,600 companies with at least one woman in leadership. I have watched our startup...

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