Maria Hala is an investment professional with experience at private equity and asset management. She has been concentrated on the expansion of the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem and the establishment of the local informal venture capital community. By providing mentoring and coaching on ventures standing at seed and early stages of their investment cycle, her ultimate goal is to contribute on their commercialization and on advising them on their equity funding paths. Maria is focused on three industries, namely medtech, agritech and fintech.Maria is an active member of EBAN. She is also a member of the Hellenic Spanish Chamber of Commerce and of MIT EF Greece, whereas she has served as a judge at their StartSmart competitions. As a Certified Fund Manager, accredited by the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, Maria has spent more than 17 years of her professional life at asset management industry. She received an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, from Imperial College, London, whereas through her thesis she provided the first academic study over the profile of Greek business angel investors. Also, she holds an MSc in Business Finance (Brunel University, London) and a BSc in Marketing (University of LaVerne, California).