Sonja Markova
Sonja Markova
Executive Director, 'Cane Angel Network

Sonja Markova brings over 20 years of experience in angel group management and early-stage investments. Previously, Ms. Markova was Executive Director of Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel investment group and Managing Director of Keiretsu Forum, the largest global angel investment network. Ms. Markova was Vice President of Point Reyes Management, a single-family office, where she invested in startups from the firm’s asset allocation in ventures. She is an Advisor at the Berkeley SkyDeck and Mentor at the Alchemist Accelerator where she works with early-stage founders on their preparedness for Seed funding. She is also an Advisor at Camp BizSmart, a program for young aspiring entrepreneurs, ages 11 to 18, designed to acquire essential skills needed to be successful in school, at home, and in a future profession. Ms. Markova began her career in venture capital as an Investment Associate at the International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) in her home country Macedonia.

Operational Team

Norma Sue Kenyon
Norma Kenyon
Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Miami

Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D. is The Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology, Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami. Dr. Kenyon and her research team have focused on ways to transplant insulin producing cells, in both clinically relevant islet transplant models and in clinical studies, without the need for life-long anti-rejection drugs. Key accomplishments include development and sharing of methods for islet and islet/bone marrow transplantation, demonstration of the impact of costimulatory blockade on insulin independence and long-term islet survival and incorporation of stem cells to enhance islet engraftment and survival.

Student Investment Team

An interdisciplinary team comprised of University of Miami graduate business, law, and medical students undertakes the initial review of company submissions. The student investment team works closely with the 'CAN Executive Director to vet company submissions, perform due diligence, prepare deal memos, and identify the strongest candidates for investment consideration by the CAN members.

If you are a gradaute student interested in participating for credit or volunteering with the 'Cane Angel Network please complete this 'CAN Student Analyist application form. If you have any questions, please email

Steering Committee

The CAN Steering Committee is made up of experienced professionals in busines, finance, and academia who provide input and support to implement best practices that serve as a foundation for the ’Cane Angel Network to operate at the highest standards.

Norma Kenyon

Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Miami

Jonathan Vilma

Investor and ESPN Sports Commentator

Charmel Maynard

Associate Vice President and Treasurer of the University of Miami 

Robert Rubin

CEO of Skypatrol