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: 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|

Panelist/Speaker: SXSW Panel 2017: “Research Universities Should Be Better at Startups”: Mar. 12, 2017

True Wealth Ventures General Partner Kerry Rupp speaks on the 2017 SXSW panel "Research Universities Should Be Better at Startups" alongside UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and  Professor of Innovation at UT AustinBob Metcalfe. The panelists discuss how research universities can more effectively promote and create opportunities for faculty and students to found startups. [...]

March 12th, 2017|

Panelist: Female Founders Brunch @ SXSW 2017 – Let’s Talk Funding

Austin, Texas March 12, 2017 In the spirit of SXSW, ladies join us at TechStars for a panel on the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs! True Wealth Ventures General Partner Kerry Rupp speaks on a panel at the TechStars Female Founders Brunch for SXSW 2017 to discuss funding opportunities. Kerry speaks along with: Nicole [...]

March 12th, 2017|

Featured Speakers: Springboard SXSW 2017 Dinner: Mar. 11, 2017

Austin, Texas March 11, 2017 True Wealth Ventures Partners Kerry Rupp and Dr. Sara Brand attend the Springboard SXSW 2017 dinner to celebrate women entrepreneurs. Springboard accelerates the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. It is the leading network of influencers, investors and [...]

March 11th, 2017|

Women@Austin SXSW celebration: Mar. 10, 2017

Austin, Texas March 10, 2017 True Wealth Ventures Partners attend the annual Women@Austin SXSW Celebration. This event is invite only. From their website: "Women@Austin was hatched in the Fall of 2013 when several of Austin’s most experienced female entrepreneurs and executives came together and  decided they wanted to do something proactive to bolster women’s ratios [...]

March 10th, 2017|

NEWS: Austin Isn’t Going to Be the Next Silicon Valley. And It’s Perfectly Fine With That

This article originally appeared in Inc.  Each March, Austin hosts throngs of out-of-towners who know it only as the birthplace of South by Southwest, the annual music, entertainment, and technology festival. The city has picked up a number of honors that apply year round, however: The Kauffman Foundation named Austin the No. 1 city in [...]

March 10th, 2017|