Looking towards a Brighter Future in Women’s Health

SteelSky Ventures

SteelSky Ventures is an early stage venture fund investing in high growth companies that  significantly improve access, care and outcomes in women’s health.

Our Mission

To increase venture capital investment in women’s health companies and catalyze the development of new solutions to meet the needs of women globally.

Our mission:

To increase venture capital investment in women’s health companies and catalyze the development of new solutions to meet the needs of women globally.

Challenge:

Only 20% of investors have ever made an investment in women’s health. 

Female founders, who are vigorously innovating in the space, receive less than 2.2% of all
Venture Capital investments.

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Founding Partner
Maria
Maria Velissaris is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She is the Founding Partner of SteelSky Ventures LLC, an early stage venture fund that invests in women’s healthcare solutions.

Maria founded her first business, Wakeboxes, which became Collegeboxes, and was later acquired by U-haul. She started her career as a technology strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and was awarded the National Women of Color in Technology Rising Star Award. Throughout her career, Maria has been at the forefront of marketing, strategy, and technology solutions; working with companies including Samsung, Philips, Pfizer, SAP, American Express, Kraft Foods and Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Maria is extremely passionate about developing a funding pipeline for female entrepreneurs and is on the board of directors of Million Dollar Women and a member of Pipeline Angels, whose missions are to help female and diverse founders succeed.

She is also a mentor for international entrepreneurs at Entrepreneurship Roundtable Accelerator (ERA Global) and 500 Start Ups. She speaks regularly on investing and entrepreneurship panels at Amazon, LinkedIn, NYU Stern, Rutgers University, Parsons School of Design, YoungStartUp Ventures and judges pitch competitions nationally. She’s been featured in Forbes and profiled on ABC News.

Maria obtained a B.S. in Information Systems from Wake Forest University, an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a certificate from the Venture Capital Unlocked Program at Stanford University, an invite-only investor training program for emerging leaders who want to shape the future of the venture capital industry.

Maria holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.