About Brand

Founding General Partner of True Wealth Ventures, Dr. Sara Brand is passionate about investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies to deliver true wealth.

NEWS: What are venture capitalists really looking for?

This article originally appeared here. Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the size of the True Wealth Ventures fund. It is $20 million, not $12 million. Investors have dozens of meetings each week and field hundreds of pitches a month. With millions of dollars in play, venture capitalists are looking for startup [...]

April 25th, 2017|

Participants: Grand Opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad

True Wealth Ventures participated in the grand opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad, a dynamic new interdisciplinary entrepreneurship program designed to support and mentor aspiring UT entrepreneurs – students, faculty, and staff– regardless of major, experience or discipline. UT students and the UT community are able to explore entrepreneurship at their own pace and to establish an [...]

April 13th, 2017|

Speakers: 2017 Dallas Startup Week

True Wealth Ventures General Founding Partner Sara Brand spoke at the Dallas Startup Week along with other investors, talking about deal points of early stage venture deals with knowledgeable founders. Vela Wood live streamed the panel, and you can view the video here: https://www.facebook.com/velawood/videos/1243298262386190/ Dallas Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that [...]

April 4th, 2017|

Judge: SBA hosts InnovateHER: Mar. 31, 2017

March 31st 2017 Austin, Texas True Wealth Ventures MBA fellow Ashley Hemphill judges the InnovateHER 2017 challenge in Austin, Texas.  Info on past InnovateHER events: Women are in the workforce now more than ever, a number that is close to surpassing that of men. Gender equality is not simply about getting a woman a spot [...]

April 1st, 2017|

Mentor: 2017 Circular Summit: Mar. 30-31, 2017

2017 Circular Summit Houston, Texas March 30th-31st True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Sara Brand and General Partner Kerry Rupp mentor 200+ women entrepreneurs and advise them on best practices for scaling their companies. Circular Summit is an interactive challenge to build bigger, bolder, smarter businesses that scale by creating strategic partnerships, accessing sources of capital, [...]

April 1st, 2017|

NEWS: Women Funding Women: An Interview with True Wealth Ventures

Women Funding Women: An Interview with True Wealth Ventures This article originally appeared in foundingAUSTIN.  Having recently received a $250,000 federal grant and made its first investment in a female-founded Austin business, True Wealth Ventures is one venture capital fund that’s ready to lift the under-funded sector of women-led companies in Austin and across the [...]

March 20th, 2017|

NEWS: How Universities Can Be More Like Startups

This article originally appeared in Texas Monthly. University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves and the school’s Director of Innovation Bob Metcalfe are launching a startup. Sort of. They’re not decamping to Silicon Valley or anything, but at their SXSW interactive session, “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups,” the UT leaders laid out [...]

March 20th, 2017|

NEWS: Opportunity? We think so! See the latest women founders getting VC $ here

3/14/17: Venture Capital’s Funding Gender Gap Is Actually Getting Worse - PitchBook The latest numbers are out, and the punchline is that things haven’t really changed in terms of women receiving VC investment dollars. FUNDING: In 2016, women received just $1.46 billion in VC money compared to $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders. (That's not [...]

March 16th, 2017|

NEWS: Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin

This article originally appeared in Silicon Hills News By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, explored ways that universities can have a bigger impact on the world at the “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups” session at South by Southwest. Metcalfe, [...]

March 14th, 2017|

Speaker/Panelist: SXSW 2017 panel “Beyond the Bottom Line”: Mar. 13, 2017

Austin, Texas March 13, 2017 True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Dr. Sara Brand speaks on the 2017 SXSW panel, "Beyond the Bottom Line: Setting a New Bar for VC" with speakers Jenny Abramson of Rethink Impact, Dr. Pamela Ryan of the Tingari-Silverton Foundation and Mike Nellis of the Austin Community Foundation. Impact investing was once thought [...]

March 13th, 2017|