Lauren heads venture activity for mbloom, a seed-stage venture fund based in Hawaii. Lauren also plays an active role in developing Hawaii’s startup ecosystem, also known as “Startup Paradise”. She organizes the signature MaiTai Maui Tech Night event, an annual event for local startups to connect with VCs, in partnership with Susi Mai and Bill Tai’s MaiTai Global organization. She also spearheads civic engagement initiatives such as Startup Paradise crawls, walks around the capitol and other events that garner the community’s participation in legislative matters affecting Hawaii’s startup and innovation ecosystem.
Lauren is also a contributor for Accelerate, a new quarterly magazine focused on telling the stories of Hawaii’s fast-moving entrepreneurs and startups in Startup Paradise.