#79 Juliana Garaizar, Launch Director at Greentown Labs Houston
Juliana Garaizar is an experienced global executive and general manager with demonstrated success working with entrepreneurs in angel investment, venture capital and private equity across multiple industry sectors including medtech, cleantech, fintech, consumer and impact.
Most recently she served as the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, and prior to that as the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. The Houston Angel Network is the most active angel network in the United States, and has invested in Greentown Labs companies AMS and Dynamo Micropower. Prior to this, Juliana managed the Antipolis Innovation Campus, a small business innovation and incubation center in the French Riviera. In this role she also served as the Managing Director of the Sophia Business Angels, investing in cleantech startups such as SunPartner, Solar Indice, Nheolis, Blue Group and Certinergy. A native of Spain, Juliana started her career in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain and then at Citigroup. Juliana earned her MBA at the London Business School and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She has also received recognition as a Kauffman Fellow, a highly selective two-year program for innovative venture capital leaders.
Juliana has served on many boards and advisory boards in the areas of innovation, investment and civic engagement. She is currently a board member of the Angel Capital Association and is an advisory board member of the Israeli fund Sanara Ventures, the Houston Diversity Fund and the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund. She has also served as a member of the Mayor of Houston’s task forces on Innovation and on Women and Diversity.
As a globetrotter who has visited 60 countries, Juliana is passionate about experiencing different cultures and speaks five different languages. During her travels, she has been able to experience the impact of climate change firsthand. After her last trip to Patagonia and living through Hurricane Harvey, she felt she needed to step up her commitment to fight it. During her last eight years living in Houston, she has been able to see a shift in the city’s understanding of the impacts of climate change and the need for an energy transition. That is why she believes it is the perfect moment for Greentown Labs’ expansion to Houston.