Suma has been an impact-driven entrepreneur for over a decade. She is Co-Founder and COO of Farmshelf, a smart, indoor farming company whose mission is to feed and empower people through revolutionary food systems. The company builds bookcase sized hydroponic units that enable people to grow food wherever they live, work, and eat. Before Farmshelf, Suma co-founded Spectrum BioEnergy, an organic waste-to-energy company and served as founding managing partner at Akula Energy Ventures, an early-stage renewable energy fund. No stranger to startups, Suma joined the management team at SKS Microfinance pre-venture-capital funding and saw its rise to IPO and acquisition. Prior, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. In her free time, Suma serves as Co-Director of the Asian Pride Project, an LGBTQ arts and advocacy non-profit. Suma is a graduate of The Wharton School (MBA), Flatiron School (iOS development), General Assembly (UX Design) and University of Rochester (BA Economics/Religion).

Summits Attended: 2016 SF, 2017 SF, 2019 NY

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