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VUID, Inc. Co-Founder
Karen Meidlinger, PhD

Karen Meidlinger, PhD is a co-founder and the head of business development for VUID, Inc., the makers of the social media app called Spotlight. Karen has worked in business development roles for many different types of organizations during her 14 year career including an Ivy League university, a prominent economic development organization, a Fortune 50, an enterprise integration company, a French multinational and several startups. She has worked in such diverse industries as information technology, telecommunications, healthcare, energy and water. She has done this through founding, building, and running six business incubators, three different business plan competitions, several innovation management programs for multinational companies and a handful of startups. She is also a co-founder of the watertech VC firm, Meidlinger Partners, and general partner of a fund, Meidlinger Water Investments, LP. A two-sport varsity athlete, Karen has a BSc summa cum laude in marine biology (University of Liverpool, UK), a PhD in marine ecology (University of Southampton, UK), an MBA (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and completed an entrepreneurship fellowship at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania, USA). Among other things, Karen has lived on all but one continent, is an HSE Part IV commercial SCUBA diver and has SCUBA dived in Antarctica.