As the founding managing partner of Beacon, a London-based VC with pan-European focus, Maria has a keen focus on enterprise tech, ranging from data to DevOps to Data and subscription based applications. Beacon invests in companies with a revenue of £1-10m, providing growth capital and much-needed liquidity for early-stage founders. Prior to founding Beacon, Maria enjoyed a successful career in angel investing, delivering a return of 7x DPI. She sits on multiple company boards and is passionate about the ability of engineering to address the complex challenges that enterprises are facing today. With an MBA and an engineering background, Maria began her professional journey as a management consultant at Andersen and Ernst & Young. She also serves on several committees at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, which help fund deep tech research and further support engineer entrepreneurs. A strong advocate for diversity within the VC community, Maria is also on the board of Included VC. A Greek native, Maria has spent most of her life in London and when she is not working she enjoys fencing the foil. Touche!