Pooja is a Senior Associate at Avanta Ventures. Pooja is passionate about building stronger partnerships between startups and corporates in order to drive meaningful changes and innovation.
Prior to joining Avanta Ventures, Pooja managed innovation initiatives at a homeowner’s MGU, working closely with startups to bring new products and services to the market as well as to improve internal processes. Pooja has also worked closely with startups and invested in them through both QBE’s corporate venture capital arm, QBE Ventures, and the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator. At both QBE Ventures and OnRamp, Pooja focused on insurtech investments and insurance-adjacent technologies, with a special interest in proactive risk management. Pooja began her career at Barclays as an analyst in investment banking and public finance where she worked closely with healthcare institutions.
Pooja earned an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison as well as a SB from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. When she’s not reading, Pooja enjoys photography, rock-climbing, and baking.