Lisette Tellez

Managing Director

Prior to Ocean Azul, Lisette was a Managing Partner for Dorm Room Fund, a student-run venture capital fund backed by First Round Capital that invests in student-founded startups. During her two years at Dorm Room Fund, Lisette heard over 200 pitches and her team made more than 20 investments in startups from universities in the Boston area and beyond. Over half of these companies have already raised additional funding. As a partner, she was responsible for sourcing startups, analyzing and deciding on potential investments, and providing support to portfolio companies. Dorm Room Fund has made over 170 investments, and the valuation of its portfolio is currently $1B+.

Lisette developed an early interest in entrepreneurship and began investing in startups at age 12. Lisette’s love of problem-solving and technology led her to major in Computer Science & Engineering at MIT, where she studied artificial intelligence, user interface design, and advanced algorithms. She spent most of her time outside the classroom engaging in the Boston startup ecosystem and playing varsity volleyball.  Lisette served as the president of StartLabs, MIT’s undergraduate entrepreneurship club, doubling the size of its team and its presence on campus.

Lisette’s interest in technology combined with her passion for fitness and nutrition led her to become a certified Health Coach. Lisette is particularly excited about the potential of startups that use digital health, wearable devices, and machine learning to enable people to become aware of potential health issues, take preventative measures, and develop healthy habits.

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