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Flourish Ventures Strengthens Teams

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Flourish Ventures newsmakers (left to right) include Diana Narvaez (LATAM lead investor), Jana Ahmed Aboughaly (Africa investment team) Garrett Chiem (global finance team), Harsh Gupta (India lead investor), Matt Kelly (US investment team), Charlee Brady (global human capital team), and Crystal Sun (US investment team).

Flourish Ventures, a global early-stage venture capital firm with purpose, today announced new hires and promotions, adding capabilities to its global investment team. 

Five team members joined the fintech-focused venture firm in 2023, and investment leaders —Diana Narváez in Brazil, and Harsh Gupta in India—were promoted to Principals.

The expanded roles for investment principals Narváez and Gupta, along with the firm’s recent hires, provide additional support to early-stage mission-driven founders in the five continents where Flourish invests. The firm’s global portfolio includes more than 70 companies working toward building a fair financial system.

Flourish also expanded its global presence onboarding investment analyst Jana Ahmed Aboughaly in Africa senior investment analysts Matt Kelly and Crystal Sun in the U.S., and two global operations team members, Charlee Brady, people operations associate and Garrett Chiem, senior associate. Their talents add to the firm’s breadth of expertise in key areas:

Investment team

  • Jana Ahmed Aboughaly, Investment Analyst: Bringing broad geographic knowledge and on-the-ground experience to the Africa team, she is focused on growing businesses to spur impact in emerging markets. Joining Flourish from seed and VC firm Flat6Labs, she has a background in venture investing and as a startup founder herself. A leader with Young African Catalysts, Ahmed Aboughaly has built a strong network of investors and entrepreneurs.
  • Matt Kelly, Senior Investment Analyst: Kelly comes to the Flourish U.S. team from FT Partners, a sell-side investment banking firm focused on fintech. Energized by the tenacity of fintech entrepreneurs revitalizing the American dream, he sources opportunities and explores new investment themes. Kelly is also dedicated to connecting founders and building the ecosystem.
  • Crystal Sun, Senior Investment Analyst: Based in New York, Sun support’s Flourish’s entire U.S. portfolio and the deal process from start to finish by sourcing, research, diligence, assessments, and execution. Before joining Flourish, she worked in the strategy and investor relations group at Goldman Sachs, helping to perform competitive landscaping and execute M&A deals. Sun is inspired by the conviction shared by all of Flourish’s entrepreneur partners – that what they are building can change the world. 

Operations team

  • Charlee Brady, People Operations Associate. She helps portfolio companies build strong organizational cultures, planning events, developing major human resource functions, and running compliance systems. Prior to her full-time role, Brady was a contract assistant for the Flourish team and a social media coordinator for a bridal design group.
  • Garret Chiem, Senior Associate: Chiem joins the Flourish Finance & Operations team from RSM, where he performed due diligence for the firm’s M&A transactions. At Flourish, he supports financial planning and analysis, investment management, and accounting, while leading initiatives to enrich the valuation process and performance metrics across the portfolio.

With $850M in patient capital under management, Flourish’s global portfolio includes fintechs such as Chime, Fair Money, Flutterwave, GrabFinancial, Heru, Hummingbird, Kin Insurance, M2P, Neon, and ShopUp, among other high-growth companies. 

VCWire

27/02/2024