Kelly Michel

CEO/Founder at Potencia Ventures

Kelly Michel received a Masters in Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris in 2005. She has spent 12 years living, working and studying in Latin America, Europe, and West Africa. In 2002, Kelly founded Artemisia International, a foundation that supports the development of emerging market clusters for high-performance businesses whose products and services support the reduction of poverty; she also helped create Artemisia Negócios Sociais, a Brazilian social sector organization that acquires human capital for the field. Artemisia International eventually became Potencia Ventures, a venture capital firm that concentrates on early stage equity investments in supporting business models, businesses and institutions that specialize in the education, health, and housing sectors. Furthermore, she is a co-founding partner at VOX Capital, a Brazilian venture capital fund that invests in companies with both a financial return and social impact. In addition to being vice chair of the board of Village Capital, she is also on the board of Impact Hub Global.