Team

UnVentures is built by experienced entrepreneurs and investors who know the emotional, mental and financial pains of founding a startup. 

We use our experience and network to help early-stage founders navigate the fundraising and company building process.

MEET THE PARTNERS

Brett Noyes

Noyes comes from main street America.  He grew up in an entrepreneurial family where he watched his father build a company from their basement to 13 western states.  Through this experience, Noyes learned the challenges and triumphs of building a successful SME business.

 

Noyes would go on to get his MBA in Finance at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.  While in Spokane Noyes built a startup ecosystem using the Startup Weekend platform, started the areas first hackathon, managed an Angel Investment group and started a Keiretsu Forum angel investment group.

 

In 2014, Noyes moved to Silicon Valley to pursue a career in venture capital.  Since moving to Silicon Valley, Noyes has worked for top-rated super Angel, Jason Calacanis and built a FinTech incubator for Tim Draper.

Following this Noyes then would go onto to start his own FinTech incubator called, Unbank.Ventures.  Through this program, he incubated 45 companies, built an investor syndicate and help raise over $100,000 million dollars for the companies he worked with.

CEO/Founder

Catherine comes from an entrepreneurial family and started learning the hows of building businesses and analyzing global investment opportunities early on. She has a master's degree in International Relations from Moscow State University.

 

She served as an analyst for the Global Technology Fund, formerly the DFJ VTB Aurora Fund. She is also a serial Fintech entrepreneur and co-founded Startwise, an investment platform that focused on providing investment opportunities for funding SMEs by non-accredited investors. She is a startup mentor and advisor, works with angel investor groups globally to syndicate deals. Catherine is an investor in one of the leading data unicorns and participates in syndication of $1B+ valuation deals. 

 

Catherine brings a combination of investment, startup and analytical mindset to the partnership.

Catherine Yushina

COO/General Partner

DEAL & DUE DILIGENCE

Haden Kirkpatrick has launched global financial services products for T-Mobile and Esurance.  He has also launched a neo-bank for the underbanked. Haden leads deal sourcing for emerging markets and the unbanked.

Hayden Kirkpatrick

Gabrielle Katsnelson is the co-founder of SMBX.  SMBX is a FINRA regulated small business lending platform.  Gabrielle leads deal sourcing for companies in Israel that are focused on cybersecurity for SMB's and personal finance.

Gabrielle Katsnelson

Elizabeth 'Liz" Kukka is the Executive Director at Ethereum Classic Labs and a Principal at the Digital Finance group.  Liz leads deal sourcing for Blockchain and emerging markets.

Scott Nelson is a Tax Technology and RegTech Innovator.  He is the founder of Big Controls a 500 Startups company and an alumni of EY and KMPG.  Scott leads deal sourcing for data and regulatory compliance.

Scott Nelson

Andrew Hogue is a former professional poker player and Blockchain hedge fund investor.  He currently leads business development at Certik, the leading Blockchain audit company.  Andrew leads DeFi company sourcing.

Andrew Hogue

Elizabeth Kukka

Our Associate/Analyst program works with top universities throughout North America. This 3-month program teaches students the fundamentals of venture capital and private equity investing. Contact us to learn more.

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