Maria sits in the First Check Fund, where she brings an operator’s background to investing. A specialist in early-stage investment, she came to Octopus Ventures from a position as MD at the Oxford Seed Fund, which invests in Oxford University Affiliated Start-ups in the pre-seed and seed stage.

She was also on the Investment Team at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund in the United States investing up to $100k in start-ups across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Her operations experience at multinational technology companies, including Uber Nigeria and branch.co, have given Maria a keen insight into the challenges of scaling up to millions of users.

She believes that great founders should not struggle to raise capital – because building a business is hard enough already, and particularly enjoys connecting with early-stage entrepreneurs working on radically innovative solutions that make the world a better place.

A qualified chartered accountant, Maria graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Covenant University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

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