Preetha is managing director at Pier 70 and is responsible for managing investments, portfolio management and leads the the deal flow process. She led the design of an innovative portfolio company support ecosystem, and is passionate about helping diverse teams succeed.
Dr. Preetha Ram is a successful entrepreneur, technologist and educator.
She was founder and CEO of OpenStudy, a peer-to-peer online community and platform for mentoring and academic help for high school and college learners. Preetha raised Multimillion-dollar funding from the who’s who of foundations: the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Hewlett Packard Foundation before receiving an institutional round from Learn Capital. Her company was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Top Ten Innovative Companies in Education, and she was honored at the White House (Sci & Tech Symposium) as one of the Innovators in Post-Secondary Education. As CEO, she scaled the company to over 60 million global learners served, built a profitable Multimillion-dollar business, and led it to a successful exit.
An educational thought leader and innovator, she has held senior leadership positions in academia: Associate Dean at Emory University, Executive Dean of Education at Alliant University, and Associate Provost of Internationalization and Chief Academic Expansion Officer at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Recognized for her innovative programs, she is the recipient of several awards: the Andrew Heiskell Award for Study Abroad by the Institute of International Education, Emory University’s Winship Award of Excellence for Teaching, and recently the Innovators Spotlight Award, sponsored by Melinda Gates and the League of Innovation in Community Colleges. She is a gifted speaker and has keynoted at several international conferences, PBS NOVA, and TEDx San Jose.
A committed and passionate mentor for entrepreneurs, she is an advisor for many startups including women-led startups Zapptitude and Noora Health, and Edtech startups Emote and Tembo. She volunteers at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship of Santa Clara University, where she advises startups from all over the world. As a global mentor, she works with Indian startups in UberEXCHANGE and TiE, Korean startups through the Korean Innovation Center, and Chilean startups through Innova 360 and MeetLatam.
Preetha’s education spans two continents, starting from one of the most respected global brands, Indian Institute of Technology, to a PhD in Chemistry from Yale and an MBA from Emory University.