Liz Roberts CEO of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is an accomplished entrepreneur and angel investor. Liz has focused her passions for innovation and education to deliver solid business results across a number of industries. She joined VVM as General Manager in 2015 to design, build and launch the VVM Accelerator in Springfield, MA that has graduated 100 startups to date and awards equity-free funding to top performing teams. VVM’s mission is to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance in rural Western MA to create meaningful economic impact for the region. As Chief Strategy Officer of SX2 Media Labs, she was instrumental in the transformation of Computer Shopper from a print publication to a digital platform, leading to its acquisition by Great Hill Partners-backed Ziff Davis. Prior, Liz led operations for Distance Learning Co., which resulted in its acquisition by Ashworth/Sterling Partners. She is an advocate for increasing diversity in, and access to, seed and early stage capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs to further meaningful innovation.