Business Angel & Entrepreneurship Consultant
Maria Hala is an investment professional and a supporter of angel investments. She has been concentrated in the expansion of the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem and the establishment of local angel investment community. Maria provides mentoring and coaching in ventures at seed and startup stage of their investment cycle. Her ultimate goal is to contribute on their commercialization and help them find sources of financing. She is focused on four industries, namely medtech, agritech, fintech and tourismtech.
Maria is a Senator for Greece of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), the global organization that supports startups’ ecosystem through engaging smart money angel investors, venture capitalists and policy makers. She is also an active member of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), the pan-European representative of the early stage investor community. Finally, Maria is a member of the Hellenic Spanish Chamber of Commerce and of MITEF Greece.
Starting her professional career at the finance sector, Maria has gained her experience and her profound knowledge of the international capital markets through asset management positions, focused in active equity fund management and portfolio allocation. As a Certified Fund Manager, by the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, she has spent 17 years as a member of Alpha Asset Management A.E.D.A.K., the subsidiary of Alpha Bank.
Maria received an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, from Imperial College London Business School in 2014, whereas she has provided the first academic research over the profile of Greek business angel investors. She also holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University, London and a BSc in Marketing from University of LaVerne, California.