Meli James

Meli James
Co-Founder, Mana Up; President, HVCA

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Melialani James is the Head of New Ventures at Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focused on early-stage startups and investments. She is also the Program Director at XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii’s award winning venture accelerator. She is the President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Born and raised in Honolulu, Meli lived in Silicon Valley for over 10 years, where she co-founded numerous start-ups, including Nirvino – #1 ranked wine app and Apple Platform Top 100 App (during its time). Meli was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as 1 of 5 Women to Watch in 2016. She is an alumna of and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University.