Erica Duignan Minnihan is Founder and General Partner at Reign Ventures, a Seed Stage Venture fund that invests in consumer tech and enterprise software startups with underrepresented founders.
Erica has been an active investor in and advisor to early-stage companies for over 15 years. Before launching Reign, she was Founding Partner of 1000 Angels, Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures and Executive Director at both STAR Angel Network and Golden Seeds. Prior to beginning a career in venture, she practiced Investment Banking at Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Cantor Fitzgerald.
Erica’s connections to Buffalo include serving as a judge for 43 North, an annual competition that invests $5M annually to attract high-growth startups to Buffalo. She also serves as coach for the Center’s NSF-funded Deception Awareness and Resilience Training (DART) project.
Erica earned her BA in Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA in Finance with honors from Columbia Business School. She has also made regular appearances on MSNBC and CNBC on “App Wars”, "Your Business" and "Crowd Rules" as a startup investor. She is a mother of three and lives with her family in New York City.