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Aaliyah is an Analyst at KCRise Fund. Aaliyah serves in her role while concurrently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Economics, Accounting, and Pre-Law from Rockhurst University. 


At Rockhurst University, Aaliyah serves as president of the business fraternity and treasurer of the pre-law fraternity. Previously, she was a work-study student at the Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity at Rockhurst University.


Aaliyah sparked an interest in finance and entrepreneurship after serving as an Innovation Intern with Community America Credit Union and through her role as a mentor for a local non-profit, Global FC. As part of her internship at Community America Credit Union, Aaliyah developed and pitched a startup aimed at maintaining reading proficiency and engagement during lockdowns implemented during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This hands-on experience unveiled to her the transformative potential of strategic capital and resources when harnessed to support visionary founders and impactful missions.


Aaliyah is also an intern with University Venture Fund Crossroads. In this role, she performs diligence on pre-Seed and Seed-stage companies, conducts market analyses, and engages promising high-growth startups.


Born and raised in Kansas City, Aaliyah has an innate passion and enthusiasm for the region’s startup ecosystem and is thrilled to be part of the KCRise Fund team - where she can continue to learn and grow within the space. In her freetime, Aaliyah enjoys long-distance running, exploring new destinations through travel, indulging in chai tea lattes, and pursuing a personal mission to visit all the national parks in the United States.

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