Mercedes Bent

Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Founder Funder Lounge



The GUILD is on a mission to connect the right women with the right resources, and as a part of that mission, we democratize access to investors by offering speed pitching sessions to connect entrepreneurs with angel investors and VCs (pre-seed round - Series B). We will have 25 investors at our third exclusive F(o)unders Lounge where attendees who apply in advance get one-on-one speed-pitching opportunities with angel investors and VCs. What: 15 minute speed pitching sessions with 25 exceptional investors

Mercedes Bent is an investor and operator with a decade of experience working for startups and in finance. She is currently a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she focuses on future of work, edtech, marketplaces, e-commerce, cartech and multicultural consumer products. Previously she served as an executive at a VR startup and a General Manager at General Assembly where she oversaw a multi-million dollar business lines during periods of explosive growth. She has a MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University. She serves as a board member for the non-profit Birthright AFRICA and wrote a piece for the NY Times on this topic. In her free time she enjoys off-roading in her Jeep and playing cards. She is an African-American of Bermudian, Grenadian, Colombian, and West African heritage and was named a 40 under 40 for Tech Diversity.

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