McKenzie Slaughter | CEO Spotlight

McKenzie is the Founder & CEO of Prohaus VC, a women-led global venture collective that supports the next generation of impactful innovation founders, investors, and advisors. We invest, train, and support startups who leverage neoteric, high-growth technologies and innovative models that contribute to the well being of individuals, economies and enterprises. Industries we have a special interest in are fintech, health & wellness, media, mediatech, agriculture, smart cities, shared economy, and cultural transformation. Our 10 global hubs help facilitate the full entrepreneurial experience at seed and early stages with InnovatetheNext Foundation – our acceleration and personal development programs; Prohaus Venture Network – connecting founders to investors and advisors; and Cowork Global – offering a network of coworking and workcations. She has a background in finance and technology, and a passion for pioneering new funding models and startup ecosystems throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. McKenzie got her start in building startup ecosystems as former COO and advisor at MD Idea Lab, a Boston-based accelerator for digital healthcare startups. She is now hub advisor for the World Bank’s Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project, mentor for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, and founding member of InnovatetheNext Foundation. McKenzie has also founded and seeded several fintech companies including Beauty & The Bull, Mindful Society, Socredly and Osusu Labs. McKenzie has been recognized as a Black Tech Titan by Black Enterprise and featured in Forbes and Bloomberg. Prior to starting Prohaus, she specialized in brand capital for global consumer and technology brands. McKenzie led brand strategy for post M&A transactions for Thomson Reuters and for a variety of financial and retail portfolio companies for OMERS Private Equity and Bain Capital. Her experience in brand capital helped transform her career into alternative investment consulting. McKenzie has held executive roles in hedge fund due diligence and private equity real estate firms. To date, McKenzie has successfully raised $50 million for private companies. McKenzie received an M.B.A. in Finance from Hofstra University and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Hampton University where at the age of 18 started programming at NASA Langley as a SEMS scholar (funded by the U.S. Navy), competed in competitions and published several research papers on Aerothermodynamics and Biofiltration.

Source: McKenzie Slaughter | Wonder Women Tech

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About Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher

Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content, Vator.tv, X-Biz.net and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.
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