“Pava was not only the visionary force behind EcoMap but was also a deeply compassionate and dedicated leader. Her untiring commitment to our company, to Baltimore, to amplifying the critical work of ecosystems across the country, and to building a deeply inclusive culture as a leader, friend, and partner set a standard for leadership, and her legacy will live on through the work we continue to do,” it said in a statement, according to CBS News Baltimore.
After going missing, a female tech CEO who was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list was discovered dead in her Baltimore apartment from blunt-force injuries.
Police discovered Pava LaPere, 26, inside her upscale Mount Vernon condominium Monday morning, shortly after she was reported missing.
According to police, the EcoMap founder was found with blunt-force trauma.
The medical examiner’s office “took possession of the victim’s body,” according to police.
It is uncertain if LaPere had any visitors before her demise. Her social media sites indicated that she was single.
“That’s pretty horrifying,” building tenant Chris McNees told CBS News Baltimore.
“I mean, just for that to happen anywhere in the city is obviously a bad thing, but it’s hard to imagine why this would happen specifically in this building.”
LaPere founded her eco-business in her dorm room at Johns Hopkins University. According to the company’s website, the goal of the company is to make ecosystem knowledge available to everyone while also providing “powerful technology to digitize ecosystems.”
“Whether you’re talking about a college alumni network or an entire industry, ecosystems are largely invisible. When ecosystems are invisible, they are inaccessible. When they are inaccessible, they are inequitable. When they are inequitable, they are inefficient. We’re making the invisible, visible so that all ecosystems can thrive,” it said.
LaPere’s company has managed to raise $7 million in funding in the last year and a half.
EcoMaps also prioritizes diversity. LaPere proudly touted on her LinkedIn page that her company is “50% female, 50% [persons of color].”
Her clients include the Aspen Institute, Meta, and more, according to its website.
The company released a statement following her death sending its condolences and calling her passing “deeply distressing.”