Priscila Bala

In her role in Octopus’ New York office, Priscila supports the growth strategies of Octopus Ventures’ portfolio businesses by identifying, researching and communicating best practices for successfully entering, and succeeding in, the US market. Priscila works with a variety of businesses within Octopus’ portfolio of unusually talented entrepreneurs, helping them meet the challenges of scaling their businesses in the US by supporting them in building a relevant network of executives, service providers, corporates and growth stage investors.

Priscila is an entrepreneur and business professional with experience in investment banking, fundraising and business development. She was the Director of the Mentor Network at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, connecting ventures to experienced advisors, and growing Yale’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior, she was a business strategy consultant and founding partner of a genomic diagnostics venture. Priscila has taught executive courses on behavioral economics, negotiations and competitive strategy, and is a fellow of the Yale Center for Customer Insights. Her financial career included working with European Equities at Credit Suisse in New York and Latin American Equities at Morgan Stanley in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a BA and MBA from Yale University. She has served on various nonprofit boards and is a fervent advocate for financial literacy, access to education, the arts and the outdoors.