Itxaso del Palacio

Itxaso del Palacio is the VP of Investments at Lepe Partners where she is responsible for the equity investments in venture growth TMT companies. At Lepe, she has led the investments in CreativeLive, Masabi and Festicket, and she is on the board of Masabi and Festicket. Before Lepe, Itxaso worked as an early stage investor at EC1 Capital, responsible for deal flow across sectors. She also co-founded Founders Fit for helping entrepreneurs find co-founders.

Since 2009, Itxaso has taught Entrepreneurial Finance at UCL, Imperial College and Royal College of Arts in London. She is passionate about helping first-time entrepreneurs at universities building their businesses.

Itxaso is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering as well as a PhD focused on Economics and Venture Capital. She speaks Spanish, English, Basque and Italian fluently, and she also speaks a little bit of German, from her time working as an engineer at Daimler Chrysler.

An avid runner and a qualified spinning instructor, she is interested in the way wearables and other digital platforms are encouraging people to exercise, to be healthier and happier.