Melissa Withers is an experienced fund manager and business builder with 120 + investments under management. Melissa created RevUp in 2016 after years working as an equity investor. With a transition to a revenue-based model, Melissa has worked to broaden the financial toolkit available to founders and help more companies transcend the “exit or bust” constraints of equity-only capital. Melissa began her career working at the intersection of science and public policy at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT. She was also co-founder of the Business Innovation Factory, an organization dedicated to the design and testing of new business models in industries of high social significance. She has also worked in government and economic development and a strong advocate for supporting women and people of color on their entrepreneurial journeys.