Eli is founder & CEO of Capital Stack Investors, a global innovation and venture advisory firm. He is also founder & Managing Partner of the Investors of Color, a U.S. network of Black, Latinx and Asian accredited investors syndicating investments into early stage companies and emerging funds. He also serves as a Capital Advisor to the University City Science Center advising on their healthcare innovation investment strategy. He is an angel investor and serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association, Hispanics in Philanthropy Investment Committee, and Capital Advisor to the Stanford Latino Business Action Network.
In his prior role, he oversaw the U.S. State Department Global Investors Program, supporting and launching innovation and investor initiatives in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, North Macedonia, Morocco, Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Colombia. He also served as a Venture Development expert for the European Investment Fund’s Turkish Technology Transfer Accelerator.
Prior, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor at Texas Tech University where he co-founded the Lubbock Angel Network, a group that has invested over $4M and seen four exits since its founding in 2015. His efforts in Texas led to over $20M in funding for startups, entrepreneurship programs, and proof of concept funds. Before that, Mr. Velasquez worked for The Boeing Company in southern California, initially within Boeing\'s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) developing the Delta Rockets. In his last two years there, he worked as an Intellectual Property Consultant withing Boeing\'s Intellectual Property Business (IPB) unit.
He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and his J.D. degree with an Intellectual Property Certificate from Whittier Law School.