Founder, Chairman of the Board
Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp
Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Isabelle Freidheim is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: ATEK) and the founder and Chairman of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp (NYSE: ATHN), the first all women SPAC to announce a combination. Athena Technology announced a combination with Heliogen in July. She is also the founder and Chairman of the board of Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACAQ).
Ms. Freidheim co-founded Magnifi, an artificial intelligence and machine learning fintech company which was acquired by The Tifin Group in December 2020. In addition to co-founding the company, Ms. Freidheim acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Magnifi and led the company’s early growth. Ms. Freidheim is co-founder and managing partner of Castle VC (formerly Starwood VC), making investments in technology companies across stages with a current focus on late-stage investments in the sectors of financial technologies, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ms. Freidheim has led investments in both early- stage and late-stage, pre-IPO growth companies.
Ms. Freidheim also co-founded The London Fund, a fund that invests in IP-rich high-growth companies with a particular focus on emerging technologies. Ms. Freidheim was previously the first female venture partner at VC fund MissionOG, where she sourced investments in high-growth technology companies. Ms. Freidheim started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and then joined one of Invesco’s private equity funds to invest in European assets. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.