The all-women and immigrant team at Athena SPACs rings the bell at NYSE

By Tenzin Norzom
January 06, 2022, Updated on : Thu Jan 06 2022 13:09:19 GMT+0000
The all-women and immigrant team at Athena SPACs rings the bell at NYSE
This marked Athena SPAC founder Isabelle Freidheim’s third all-women SPAC who also founded and took Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. (ACAQ.U) – the first all-women SPAC – to the market in October last year.
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The all-women and immigrant team behind venture capital and private equity firm Athena SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) on Thursday rang the bell at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for the listing of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II (ATEK.U)  


On December 15, it announced the closing of the $250 million IPO with 25,000,000 units priced at $10 each. The company now sets its eyes on identifying “a technology leader to bring to its next stage of growth.”


“Surreal to ring the NYSE opening bell, sign the book that has signatures of legends & sound the dong for Athena Technology II SPAC,” Krithiga Reddy, President, Athena SPACs, shared on LinkedIn.


This marked Athena SPAC founder Isabelle Freidheim’s third all-women SPAC who also founded and took Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. (ACAQ.U) – the first all-women SPAC – to the market in October last year.


Kirthiga, former managing director of Facebook India and South Asia, tweeted, “This is everything. Athena Tech II - the third of all-women-led SPACs; the first time an all-immigrant female management team rings the bell NYSE. We come from Bulgaria, France, Romania and India.”

Kirthiga who sits on the board of companies such as WeWork and Pear Therapeutics called the bell-ringing moment “one for the heart” as her and Isabelle’s children had joined while her mother and husband Devanand Reddy dialed in over Zoom call from India.


“We are ready to bring the unmatched operator + investor expertise of Athena SPACs, execution super powers and long-term value creation focus to a transformative company at the forefront of the new age economy,” she wrote.


Edited by Affirunisa Kankudti

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