Lauren Capelin

Head of Venture Community, Reinventure Group

Category: Rising Stars

Lauren is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist, passionate about new business models, corporate social innovation, impact investment and fostering entrepreneurial capacity, particularly in women. As the first Head of Community at an Australian VC fund, Reinventure Group, Lauren focuses on strengthening portfolio collaboration, deepening connection with strategic investor Westpac, and building networks in the broader FinTech and start-up ecosystem, both in Australia and globally. She currently sits the board on Fintech Australia, which she played a role in establishing.

As a leading woman in the industry, Lauren works hard to increase diversity in FinTech and venture capital through initiating and driving a number of industry collaborations, including a directory that profiles the women building FinTech startups in Australia, a 'Women in Venture' program for women university students to learn basic skills and understanding of venture capital and 'Get on Board', an event to increase the pipeline of women on startup boards. She also led a salary benchmarking collaboration with 8 local venture funds and an executive search firm to provide much-needed qualified data points on startup salaries in Australia.