Leadership & Committee
Kaylee Williams is an entrepreneur and business strategist for early-stage startup companies. She currently serves as the Investment Director for the freshly minted Iowa Venture Capital Co-Investment Fund (IVCCF), a $30 million public fund allocated primarily for Seed and Series A financing. She is the former President of VolunteerLocal, a volunteer management software company, and the former Head of Customer Development at Roboflow, a Y-Combinator backed startup pioneering the adoption of computer vision across industries.
Kaylee graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a degree in English, and she is passionate about the arts, community service and inclusion/equity in tech. She is the recipient of the 2022 Young Alumni Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from the University of Iowa.
Program Operations Manager
Currently in her sixth year with the organization, Safiya Lee-Evans holds the pivotal role of Program Operations Manager, overseeing the intricacies between innovation, investment, and operational excellence. As the architect behind the scenes, she manages the seamless operations of both BioConnect Iowa and its subsidiary, Iowa Venture Capital Co-Investment Fund (InnoVenture Iowa), a $30M co-investment fund for early-stage startups.
The implementation of new programs, alongside the management of InnoVenture Iowa’s portfolio companies, are the heart of Safiya’s role. She also directs the Iowa Go-To-Market Accelerator grant program, in partnership with Iowa State University, ensuring its continued success as a beacon for startups seeking accelerated growth.
Safiya’s 20-year career is a testament to her versatility, having accumulated a wealth of experience in marketing, business development, and operations across both public and private sectors. Her dynamic skill set positions her as a linchpin in the success stories of BioConnect Iowa and the startups fortunate to be a part of the InnoVenture Iowa portfolio.