Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth is the founder and Managing Partner of H Venture Partners. Over the past 17 years, she invested in over 45 companies including Peloton (IPO), Bill.com (IPO), and Freshly (acquired $1.5Bn). She was named Venture Capital Journal's 40 VCs Under 40.

Elizabeth Edwards

Since founding H Venture Partners seven years ago, Elizabeth has raised over $25MM from executives of Fortune 500 companies, public pension funds, and family offices. She is one of only a few women in the world to raise over $25MM in venture capital. Elizabeth serves on the board of five companies. She authored the award-winning book, “Startup”.

Over the past 17 years and two business cycles, she’s invested in over 45 startup companies across the globe, including Peloton, Freshly, Bill.com, Cerebelly, Felix Health, and Cameron Diaz's organic wine brand, Avaline. She is a top returning venture capital investor with 3 IPOs and 10 acquisitions in her career, returning over a 50% IRR to investors in two different funds. She was a pre-revenue investor in Peloton, which achieved a $10Bn IPO in five years.

Before founding the Firm, she was a Principal at Maywic Select Investments I, a $10MM consumer-focused venture fund with two other partners. Maywic invested primarily in Seed - Series B stage consumer brands across North America. There, she invested in Peloton ($0M to $10Bn IPO in five years), Roots (IPO), Farmer's Fridge (recent $30M growth round), The Infatuation (acquired by Google), OneHope Wine, Freshly (acquired by Nestle for $1.5Bn), and a dozen other companies. At Maywic, she was responsible for sourcing, screening, due diligence, management of portfolio companies, and portfolio company reporting. Her role at Maywic was heavily deal-oriented, dealing with difficult situations, organizing opportunistic rounds and recapitalizations. While at Maywic, she co-invested with hundreds of VCs, including Forerunner Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, True Ventures, L Catterton, and Tiger Global.

Prior to Maywic, Elizabeth was a Principal at West Capital, a $10MM+ venture program of Fifth Third Bank, investing in Series A - D stage companies across North America, including technology, health care, and consumer fintech. Portfolio investments included: Bill.com (IPO), CardioInsight (acquired by Medtronic), OnShift (acquired), Paydiant (acquired by PayPal), Oversight Systems (acquired), ALung, and ShareThis.

Before joining West Capital, she was an Associate at Neyer Holdings, a family office, leading five direct investments in Series Seed and Series A investments all over North America. There, she invested in Global Fresh Foods (now BluWrap), a patented controlled atmosphere technology that allows perishables like fresh fish to use ocean freight instead of air freight, drastically reducing cost and Green House Gas Emissions.

Elizabeth started her career as a Strategy Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, operationalizing the work of Harvard professor and best-selling author Clayton Christensen. There, she worked on front end M&A, identifying technologies for Johnson & Johnson to acquire and embedding those in brands like Tylenol.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with honors and distinction and has an MBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati, where she won the MBA Case Competition. Elizabeth is a member of Women in Private Equity, PEWIN (Private Equity Women), Global Women in VC, Women in Venture, AllRaise, 100 Women in Finance, and Kayo. She is a frequent speaker at industry events.

In 2022, Elizabeth was named as one of Venture Capital Journal's 40 VCs Under 40. She writes a column for Forbes on venture capital and has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Elizabeth lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two little girls. She enjoys traveling, pilates and yoga.

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