Monique Woodard is the Founder and Managing Director of Cake Ventures where she invests in areas where she sees the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends.

Monique has invested in global startup ecosystems in the US and internationally and she believes that shifting demographics are creating the next big emerging markets ‒ right here in the world’s most active startup ecosystem. As Venture Partner at 500 Startups, she invested in early stage companies in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. Following her time at 500 Startups, Monique became a Venture Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners and a trusted advisor to foundations and venture capital firms like SoftBank, where she continues to advise on the Vision Fund’s Emerge program. Before moving onto the investor side of the table, Monique spent 15+ years in the startup  industry as a founder and operator.

Monique has a BA in Political Science from the University of Miami and is a Kauffman Fellow.