Lauren Primiano has built her career around mobilizing resources to bring entrepreneurial ideas to market, and founded Reef Capital Ventures in 2016 to invest in innovative assets from capital-deprived markets beginning with her home state of Hawaii. Her broad background includes tech startups, state government and venture capital.
Lauren co-founded and held business development, operational and management roles in venture-backed startups in areas ranging from healthcare (medical device, pharmaceutical, big data), to consumer-facing IT, in San Diego, Las Vegas and Honolulu.
Lauren returned home to Hawaii in 2011, and became an associate at the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, a state agency tasked with mobilizing private capital investment in support of innovative local startups and Hawaii’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. There, Lauren helped deploy a $20 million fund of funds investment program that catalyzed the launch of two accelerator programs, four seed funds and numerous pitch events and venture capital summits under her tenure.
Lauren returned to the private sector in 2015 as a principal of mbloom Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, where she opened their Honolulu office and drove all aspects of the investment cycle including dealflow prospecting and generation, due diligence, term negotiation and portfolio support and management.
In 2016, Lauren founded Reef Capital Ventures and took over as general partner of the mbloom portfolio.
Lauren is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and innovation throughout Hawaii’s business and government communities, and serves as executive director for Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to empowering Hawaii’s entrepreneurs to incorporate scalable corporate philanthropy into their business models.
Lauren holds a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and a certificate in Venture Capital from the Stanford Center for Professional Development.