As the Founder and CEO of DEI.Fund, a venture capital fund of funds, Larry Mercado is dedicated to delivering capital to historically underserved markets and communities. Additionally, he holds the position of owner at Bold Biologix, LLC, a sports and cosmetics CBD brand. With a strong background in community engagement, he has served on various non-profit boards and currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Coastal Community Foundation. In this role, he chairs the Investment Committee and Place Based Impact Investment Committee, overseeing assets totaling over $400M. His contributions to the business community have been recognized, receiving the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Businessman of the Year award in 2009 and an appointment as Ambassador for Economic Development in South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley in 2013. Larry holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the University of Maryland Baltimore and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.