Fellows Directory

Heather Hartnett

Human Ventures

Heather comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and started her first company when she was 12 years old. She was buying a portfolio of domain names in the early 1990s, building business plans around each one. She has spent her career at the intersection of company building, investing, and philanthropy.

Heather serves as CEO and Partner of Human Ventures, where she leads the investment team and supports portfolio founders through the beginning stages of company creation. She was recently featured in The Information as “the new breed of VC”, and Business Insider called her “the first female-led startup studio, bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene.”

She serves on the Leadership Council for tech:nyc, and is a mentor to both the NYC MIT Startup Studio and 1776 Accelerator. She is also a contributor to Forbes, where she uncovers impactful startups, investors, and founders of our time.

Prior to Human Ventures, Heather incubated companies within City Light Capital—an impact investment fund focused on companies generating measurable social good in addition to financial returns.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Heather holds a BA in economics and business management from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), and a certificate in fundraising and development from New York University.

Heather is a founding member and sits on the Board of Directors for the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit focused on the prevention and eradication of traumatic stress among at-risk populations.

As a member of Class 23, Heather is serving her fellowship at Human Ventures; her mentor is Hunter Walk of Homebrew.