As her husband has championed Milwaukee’s startup scene and led local venture capital firm CSA Partners, Milwaukee education and public sector leader Jennifer Abele has entered the world of startup and VC investing as an angel investor.

Abele backed Milwaukee-focused early-stage venture capital firm Gateway Capital and Milwaukee-founded battery materials startup COnovate Inc, which announced Abele’s investment Thursday. She has also invested in other venture capital funds, participated in syndicate investments in startups, and has a few other angel deals in the works, she said.

The companies she has chosen to back have one thing in common — they’re led by women.

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