Mona DeFrawi

CEO, Equidity

Panel Discussion: Money Matters: Getting the Right Funding

Mona DeFrawi is CEO and Founder of Equidity, an Investor Relationship Management (or IRM) Advisory and Platform, and previously was CEO and Founder of InsideVenture, which was acquired by SecondMarket in 2009. Mona has been a passionate supporter of entrepreneurial companies and the venture industry for over 20 years and began her venture career in investor relations and corporate development roles for four companies involved in IPOs in the Mid-Atlantic region during the 1990's. Bringing together her public market IR and private fundraising skills, Mona supported many client companies in venture fundraising, and also joined CapGen Financial as Director in 2007 to raise their $500 million, first-time, private equity fund in under 7 months in 2007. She was then recruited by venture leaders to deliver liquidity solutions to the industry, and moved to Silicon Valley to found InsideVenture in 2008. Mona then founded Equidity in 2010 to address remaining primary liquidity issues, and deliver solutions for enhanced late-stage funding, IPO success and aftermarket performance. Mona has supported entrepreneurs during her career in many ways, including authoring and lobbying legislation that has since delivered over $3B in venture investments in Maryland, and she also created and taught the graduate level Entrepreneurship course at Johns Hopkins University.