Innovation & Enterprise


Diverse Founders’ Network Startup stories: Manish Karani and Dana Al Salem (Yareta)

24 April 2024, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Yareta co-founders, Dana Al Salem and Manish Karani

At this event, our guest entrepreneur Manish Karani and Dana Al Salem (co-founders of Yareta) will discuss how life experiences such as hardship, alienation, isolation and loss play a crucial role in entrepreneurs’ journeys and motivations. This free event is open to all.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




UCL Innovation & Enterprise


103c Camley Street


At this free event, you'll hear Manish Karani and Dana Al Salem, co-founders of Yareta, discuss how life experiences such as hardship, alienation, isolation and loss, play a crucial role in entrepreneurs’ journeys and motivations.

We're also keen to hear stories from the audience, gain insights into what drives them and how these personal motivations can be transformed into successful commercial ventures.

You'll also have the opportunity to network over light refreshments.

This event is being run by the UCL Diverse Founders’ Network (DFN), a supportive intersectional community of diverse entrepreneurs in the UK. As well as supporting each other, the network aims to break down barriers and create collective and systemic solutions to the challenges faced by diverse entrepreneurs.

Who it’s for

This event is to open to all UCL staff, students and alumni, as well as the local community.

The DFN aims to support entrepreneurs, founders and start-up talents from the following diversity groups:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Women, non-binary and all marginalised genders
  • Ethnic minority groups and first-generation immigrants
  • Neurodivergent and differently-abled talents
  • People who have experienced hardship, alienation, injury or loss (HAIL)  
  • People with primary care responsibilities
  • People from low socioeconomic backgrounds

About the speaker

Manish Karani has over 14 years of experience in private equity and venture capital at global firms like Credit Suisse and RBS Coutts Bank. In 2017 he set up his own impact fund in education, sustainability, climate change and foodtech.

Observing that many impact entrepreneurs were driven by personal hardships and experiences, he's launching Yareta to identify true entrepreneurial talent based on these life-defining experiences, at scale.

Dana Al Salem is a serial entrepreneur and has been a pioneer in digital media, technology and analytics since 1994. Dana has founded and successfully exiting several technology-driven enterprises. She also co-founded Yahoo Europe, where she led the role out of the Yahoo products for six years, and has led significant rebranding and launch projects for prominent TV channels like ITV and Sky Italia.

Date and times

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 6pm to 8pm.


If there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible or comfortable for you, please let us know by emailing matt.harris@ucl.ac.uk


Filming and photography will take place at this event for promotional purposes. The photographs and recordings will appear on our website and social media channels. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please let a member of staff know on arrival.

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