Silvia Mah

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Co-founder of Hera Fund and CEO of Hera-Labs


Originally posted on the Rady School Blog on May 1, 2015

Rady Alumni Silvia Mah Wins Pinnacle Award for Fostering Success for Entrepreneurial Women in San Diego

Last night, Rady School alumni Silvia Mah (MBA ’10) won the “Individual in Services” award at the 2015 Pinnacle Awards for her support of female founders and funders to launch, grow and sustain successful female-owned businesses. The Pinnacle Awards recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations who personify Athena San Diego’s mission to foster personal and professional growth of women in the San Diego business community.

(Pictured to right: Mah with Assistant Director of MBA Recruitment and Admission Giovanna Iaffaldano)

Mah is CEO of Hera Labs, a unique business accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurial women to test ideas and grow their business. During the past two years under Mah’s direction, the accelerator has helped 350 women launch their passion-filled startups and take their businesses to the next level, creating more than 40 new jobs in the process. Mah is also an angel investor in female-focused endeavors and Co-Founder of Hera Fund, an angel fund for female angels investing in female founders.

The positive impact of Mah’s leadership and entrepreneurialism extends to the Rady School community, where she helped develop mystartupXX, an incubator for female students offered by the Rady School and UC San Diego von Liebig Center. In 2014, mystartupXX won the Pinnacle Award for Company/Organization and was recognized as one of the top accelerator programs in the nation for its support of entrepreneurial female students interested in launching innovative, scalable and technology-driven companies. 

When accepting her award, Mah thanked her family for their support. The Pinnacle Awards take place in the spring of each year and are celebrated with a special dinner and auction. See social media highlights from Mah’s win below.

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Lauren Herr is the Social Media Manager for the Rady School. In her free time she can be found snapping landscape pictures and taking advantage of San Diego's amazing beaches and coffee shops.