Milena Nikolova
Start-up Advisor and Investor
Milena is a start-up advisor and investor, ex- investment banker, philanthropist and adventurer. Her career spans investment banking, wealth management, venture capital investing and startup advisory. In 2015, Milena started as an active angel investor and a startup adviser. Her passion leads her to startups with tech innovation (disruptive fintech, healthtech, edtech, mobility and food waste reduction space) contributing to making the world a more sustainable and better place. In 2019, she co-founded Therion Advisers which advises on strategy, fundraisng, and business development as well as they directly invest into early stage startups. Milena is a Member of the Board and Venture Partner at Aera VC, a visionary venture capital firm focusing on backing radical solutions to reversing climate change. She is also a Venture Partner in Antler, a global early-stage VC that enables the founding of about 200 startups per year. Further, she is an Advisor in Fintech/Insurtech at Plug and Play Tech Center, an innovative platform connecting the world’s best startups to industry-leading corporations. Prior to Therion, Milena worked as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in London, advising leading European banks and insurance companies on mergers, acquisitions and IPO transactions totaling over $10bn in deal value. In Singapore, she worked in Wealth Management with ultra-high net worth individuals on range of topics, including financial assets allocation, wealth planning or corporate structuring. Milena is a partner at Women on a Mission (WOAM), an organisation leading adventurous expeditions to raise awareness andfunds for women survivors of war or abuse. She also co-founded ReachOut.bg, an NGO aiming to provide long-term assistance to children without parental care.
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