Carmen RicoPartner at Samaipata VC
Carmen is a Partner at Samaipata VC, a EUR100m pre-Series A fund investing in platforms and market networks with offices in London, Paris and Madrid. Carmen leads the London office and is very active in the early-stage UK tech ecosystem. Passionate about empowering early-stage entrepreneurs, she is a mentor at Techstars and co-chairs LMS (the largest community of marketplace founders in the UK). Firm believer that diversity leads to better business decisions, she is also a founding member of the Fairer Funding Now campaign and a mentor at Backstage Capital Accelerator.
Carmen started her career as an investor at Felix Capital - a Series A and B VC focused on digital lifestyle - after years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley Carmen co-founded TEDxMorganStanleyLondon, the first TEDx Conference ever sponsored by an Investment Bank. Carmen is also the co-founder of an online fashion brand for pregnant women selling into the UK & US market and she previously co-founded a crowdsourcing journalism marketplace.
After graduating summa cum laude in M.A. Law. and in M.A. in Economics, she started her career in politics as an economic advisor to the Government in the midst of the Spanish crisis. Spaniard at heart, Carmen spent most of her school and university years in the US and Germany and now calls London home.