Catalyst’s Mia Hegazy among NVCA’s Rising Stars

We are proud to report that Catalyst’s Mia Hegazy is one of three nominees for the NVCA’s 2019 Rising Star Award.

Mia joined Catalyst as an analyst in 2013 and was recently promoted to Principal. Over the past five years, Mia has been a vital asset not only to the Catalyst investment team, but also to our portfolio company management teams. She is a valuable board member and possesses the rare ability to find and create value in high growth companies. She is responsible for deal origination, diligence, execution and portfolio management, and focuses on formulating new investment theses and conducting company outreach.

The NVCA featured Mia in November as part of its series, Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC.

The winner of the Rising Star award will be announced at the 2019 NVCA Leadership Gala on February 27, 2019 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco.


About the Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes the next generation of venture capital professionals who are rising through the ranks and establishing themselves as future standard bearers of the industry. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a mastery of venture capital investing gleaned through a relatively short amount of time in the industry and are widely recognized by their peers and others as emerging leaders of the venture capital industry.


Built In Chicago | 100 Best Places to Work in Chicago

Catalyst portfolio company Envoy Global was ranked among the best places to work in Chicago. Envoy is a global immigration services provider offering the only enterprise immigration management platform that makes it seamless for companies to hire and manage an international workforce by combining expert legal representation — for both inbound and outbound immigration — and proprietary technology.


The API Economy

By Grady Kidder

SaaS adoption has proliferated across nearly every industry vertical and business function to the point where it is now nearly ubiquitous throughout the economy. This has created multiple market opportunities for businesses utilizing an “API-first” strategy, whereby they offer new products or services via API that complement existing SaaS applications or they use API technology to break down data silos and connect what would otherwise be disparate data sets. A handful of first-movers have capitalized on a subset of these opportunities in both products & services (e.g., Twilio in voice & text, Stripe in payments) and data aggregation (e.g., MuleSoft for enterprises, Plaid for FinTech / financial institutions). We believe this dynamic is still in its early days and that there will be many future opportunities for growth investors with strong SaaS experience to partner with these businesses.

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