Geri Kirilova is a Principal at Laconia Capital Group where she is responsible for leading and supporting investments, facilitating Laconia’s operations, supporting fundraising, increasing the firm’s presence and network in the startup and venture community, and supporting the funds’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining Laconia, Geri was a Business Associate at Techstars Internet-of-Things, a mentorship-driven accelerator program partnered with GE, SAP, Verizon, Bosch, and PwC to support companies rewiring legacy industries such as construction, healthcare, and transportation through connected devices, artificial intelligence, and drone technologies. In addition to facilitating program operations, Geri worked directly with the ten portfolio companies on customer acquisition, growth strategy, fundraising, business development, and messaging and storytelling. Additionally, Geri has worked in venture capital in Central and Eastern Europe (LAUNCHub in Sofia, BG and Credo Ventures in Prague, CZ). Beyond the venture space, Geri has operational experience managing a branch of Kweller Prep, a boutique educational services firm, leading hiring, training, sales, program management, client relations, and curriculum development. Geri graduated summa cum laude from New York University Stern School of Business, with a B.S. in Business with specializations in Information Systems and Management.