Priya is Deep-tech Investor at MassVentures, the Commonwealth’s strategic venture capital team. As Vice President, Investments, she is responsible for clean energy and tech innovation based non-dilutive programs, dilutive venture investments, and providing technical and business support to early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts based deep tech and diverse startups as they move from concept to commercialization. For non-dilutive programs, she manages the end-to-end process with startups from solicitation to grant and post grant management. For Venture investments, she shepherds deals through preview, pitch, diligence, closure, and manages post close activities with startups. Priya also teaches Business Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Engineering Students at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Prior to joining MassVentures, Priya was a Senior Leader at Intel® for several years, with extensive leadership experience and transferable skills in problem solving, product & program development, leadership development and business operations. Most recently she was a Senior Director of Engineering, and as Project Manager, Priya led large cross-Intel® teams of ~300 engineers with responsibilities to plan, staff and execute innovative Xeon®, Itanium® and custom silicon projects which generated significant revenue for Intel®. She seamlessly led teams to deliver designs for manufacturing and post-silicon qualification. She was also the Intel® Massachusetts Site Leader responsible for ~1000 Intel® employees. Priya led strategy, fostered innovation collaboration with Massachusetts research institutions, sponsored employee groups and secured funding to implement several key programs. She spearheaded communication and organizational health initiatives for employee development and training. Priya led a cohort for senior women, providing them mentoring and development support, besides being a Mentor and Coach for leaders and employees, helping them in career progression and leadership growth. She initiated and drove multiple leadership events to foster innovation, grow business acumen and thought leadership.
She has a Master of Science – MS, Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Engineering – BE, Electronics Engineering from University of Mumbai.
To further her passion for giving back to the community, Priya is also a Business Mentor at EforAll’s Roxbury startup accelerator program supporting EforAll’s mission to accelerate economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities. Among her many other volunteering activities, Priya is a TYE Mentor and has been a dedicated Intel Involved Volunteer for several years.
At the Wyss Institute, Priya is a member of the Wyss Mentor Hive who specializes in sustainability, end-to-end business strategy, organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, and electrical engineering .
The Wyss Mentor Hive is a mentoring program that invites investors and business professionals with significant early stage translational experience, clinical and regulatory experts in driving therapeutic and device development, and serial entrepreneurs with a track record of success to work closely with Wyss entrepreneur teams on startup formation and technology commercialization. Mentors provide feedback to founders and entrepreneurs, while also demonstrating commitment and leadership in the Wyss innovation community.