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Shelly Kapoor Collins

Managing Partner, Propeller Venture
Capital General Partner, The Shatter Fund


Shelly Kapoor Collins is a female venture capitalist who works at the intersection of global technology and innovation, with a focus on investing in female led and founded Technology startups at the Series A and B levels. After founding and running her own company and founding a couple of products, Shelly made the leap from entrepreneur to VC to have a greater impact on the emerging market of female entrepreneurs, to help them scale their companies and become 100% participants in the innovation economy. Shelly has the privilege of being appointed to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) by the Obama Administration and served as Vice Chair of the Women in Public Service Project started by Secretary Hillary Clinton while at the State Department. Shelly has been named one of the top 20 influential Indian women by the Economic Times of India, named to the Forbes ’40 women to watch over 40’list in 2013, and served as National Co-Chair for Technology during the 2012 presidential campaign for President Obama. Shelly serves as an advisor to various female led companies and is frequently asked to be a judge in high profile startup pitch competitions including the first ever demo day at the White House. Shelly is a staunch advocate for STEM education for women and girls and holds an MS in Management Information Systems and a BS in in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland College Park.