Valentina Milanova is the founder of DAYE, the women’s health research and development company on a mission to close the gender pain gap and overcome historical gender biases in medical research and product innovation.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Valentina moved to London in study business, economics, and law at the University of Buckingham.
After considering careers in journalism and event planning, Valentina soon found herself drawn in by the start-up world, working first at Techstars and then as a venture associate for Founders Factory. Meanwhile, she began working on her own idea for a company. After 200 pitches to investors, Valentina managed to raise £4.23 million in seed funding, and in 2018, DAYE was officially born.
Valentina joins us on the podcast to discuss how financial insecurity growing up has made her cautious with money, not-to-mention overly appreciative of fresh orange juice; what her parents' complicated yet enduring marriage taught her about love; how moving out at 14 to live with her then-boyfriend gave her a premature exposure to adulthood and why she's always fought to challenge ideas, and people, she disagrees with.