Rachel Springate Udell
Rachel is an early stage Investor and leading business development expert with a niche focus on creating opportunities between the startup, venture and entertainment space. She founded Muse Capital a seed stage strategic Venture Fund with her partner Assia Grazioli-Venier in November 2016.
Originally from the UK, Rachel launched her corporate sales and business affairs career in brand research giving her early access to decision makers at Fortune 500 brands. In 2007 she was headhunted by the leading luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially. As Global Head of Corporate Sales, Rachel traveled the globe, building relationships with some of the world's leading CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs and brand directors. Clients included Amex, Gucci Group, LVMH, Google, Armani, HSBC, British Airways, Jaguar, Ferrari, Chelsea Football Club etc.
After meeting and being inspired by renowned artist manager and angel investor Troy Carter in 2012, Rachel moved from London to NYC and into the technology space in 2013 consulting young technology companies with their Business Development strategy and execution. She combines her global network with an instinctual business knowledge to build companies for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Rachel has a BA Honors degree in Public Relations from the top media school in the UK, Bournemouth University. The degree covered Politics, Economics, Law, Finance, English Writing and Marketing.
She has always taken education seriously, but like most things in her life chose very non linear paths and made building relationships a core focus of her career. This lesson comes from her mother. 1 of 10 children from the Philippines, her mother grew up on a farm with very little access to hot water, let alone education. Her mother was able to convince her way into an opportunity to work abroad in the UK where she worked as a hotel maid, cinema attendant and waitress, thankful for the opportunity to work unlike the rest of her family. Her parents met when her mother was waitress. She was stuck trying to open a bottle of wine when a charming English gentleman offered to help her and the rest is history. She taught never to take opportunity for granted and to give more than you receive. Lessons Rachel lives by each day.
As a member of Class 25, Rachel is serving her fellowship at Muse Capital under the mentorship of Dana Settle.