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Francesca (or Check) is a founding partner of new European pre-seed venture fund Ada Ventures which is focussed on funding companies run by mission driven founders which could impact at least 20% of the world's population. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, a non-profit focussed on promoting diversity and inclusion in Venture Capital, which published the first ever study on the number of women in VC in the UK in May 2017. Prior to founding the new pre-seed fund, Francesca spent 2.5 years as a Principal at Downing Ventures and invested in over 30 early stage technology companies. Francesca graduated with a first class degree from the University of Cambridge and spent three years working in advertising at AMV BBDO.