Marisa is an investor, entrepreneur and speaker, who is incredibly passionate about helping early stage tech businesses – particularly female-founded and led – achieve significant success.
As an entrepreneur, Marisa has built three global businesses from idea to revenue stage, and worked in the U.S. and Australia for companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Workday.
Beginning her career in enterprise software sales, Marisa went on to build the Microsoft Partner Development Centre for Australia and Southeast Asia. Marisa was responsible for building the business from concept to facilitating programs for Microsoft Dynamics partners that focused on; sustained business growth, sales and marketing readiness/enablement, implementation and project management best practices. Marisa’s efforts resulted in customer acquisition targets exceeding 230% and received the Microsoft Global Best-Practice award.
Whilst managing the AU Southern Region channel business at SAP, Marisa conceptualized and built the SAP Partner Sales Academy, a program supporting partners to source, train and deploy SAP-qualified and revenue-ready sales people into the channel.
Marisa left big corporate in 2014 to pursue her passion for early-stage businesses. In 2015 whilst living in New York, Marisa founded ELEVACAO a global pre-accelerator for women tech founders. Fast forward to today and ELEVACAO has empowered 165 women across the U.S. and Australia, who have raised $80m+ and produced 2 Exits!
In 2017, ELEVACAO partnered with TechCrunch to bring TechCrunch Battlefield to Australia for a 1 day event. Approximately 500 people attended the event with more than 1 million viewing the livestream.
In 2020, Marisa and Kate Vale founded ALIAVIA Ventures, an LA based firm focused on early stage venture capital investing in U.S. and Australian based female founders building world-changing enterprise and consumer tech businesses.
Marisa frequently speaks at events as host, keynote speaker, judge or moderator, including; TechCrunch Disrupt New York and San Francisco, Startup Grind APAC, Microsoft, Dreamforce, SAP, Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank, CISCO, Australia-Japan Business Conference, Mums & Co an IAG business, FIRST Robotics, Harvard Club NYC.