Julie Lein

Julie Lein

Julie Lein has a background in polling and political consulting. She has co-founded venture capital firm, The Urban Innovation Fund, and urban ventures accelerator, Tumml.

Lein represents a new generation of urban economic development, deploying an array of tools to drive social change. Ms. Lein is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the recently established Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that provides seed capital and regulatory expertise to entrepreneurs working to both solve our toughest urban challenges and grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.

Together with her co-founder Clara Brenner, she also started Tumml, a non-profit accelerator for entrepreneurs working on seemingly intractable problems like transportation, education and workforce development. Since 2014, Tumml has incubated 33 startups that have raised $37 million in funding and launched products and services for over 2.2 million people. To date, 76% of the companies Tumml has funded have a woman or person of color on the founding team.

Julie on the meaning of disruptive leadership

What’s the most important thing we need to do to close racial gaps? “Invest in entrepreneurs of color.”

Julie Lein and a group of urban innovators at their community exhibition day.

Prior to founding Tumml, she worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow with Revolution Foods, a healthy school meals provider for schools where she reported directly to the Co-founder and CIO on projects ranging from financial budgeting to IT information systems. Her work in urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN, TedX, Forbes, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

Julie has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from Stanford. She was recognized in September 2016 as one of Living Cities’ 25 Disruptive Leaders working to close racial opportunity gaps.

Julie Lein

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How We Started a Venture Capital Firm to Fund Urban Innovation Startups

By providing critical capital and support to a new generation of startups, the Urban Innovation Fund is identifying solutions to the toughest problems facing our cities. Identifying the Problem: Our Cities Need Help Four out of five Americans live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. While increasing urbanization offers many opportunities, the …

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