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: If I Knew Then: Sara Brand

This article originally appeared in Crain's Austin  The Mistake: Allowing a certain dynamic to exist while working in corporate America. I was always in very male-dominated environments being in mechanical engineering, and having worked toward a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD. Then I spent 20 years working in the semiconductor industry, especially in technical and operational [...]

March 9th, 2017|

NEWS: Venture Capital Funds Eyeing Health Tech Startups For Higher Growth

This article originally appeared in Tech Times There is a new zeal among venture capital funds in aiming for health tech startups. Oper8, VC fund of Ringleader Ventures or RLV is targeting healthcare providers and has hired Tony Burke as the firm's industry director. Burke is a former American Hospital Association Solutions President and CEO. The [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: How Austin is tackling the imbalance in corporate diversity

This article originally appeared in Austin Business Journal Gender and racial diversity remain pressing topics in human resources. New York City money management firm State Street Global Advisors this week placed a statue of a little girl in front of the iconic Wall Street bronze bull as part of a call for more women on [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: 10 Awesome Austin Speakers at SXSW, Pt 3

This blog post originally appeared here The Forrest Four-Cast: March 8, 2017 SXSW blooms in the year-round culture of creativity that continues to thrive in Austin. We are excited to showcase many of the city’s most innovative thinkers as part of March Magic (click here and here to read the first two installments of this series). [...]

March 8th, 2017|

A Women Speaks; Women’s Fund of Central Texas Breakfast and Grant Awards

Lisa Fritsch, who ran against Greg Abbott in the Republican Primary for Governor of Texas in 2014, discussed the importance of having women in leadership and the difficulty often presented in that journey, using her personal story and signature sense of humor. Fritsch continues to speak and work to negate negative stereotypes that bully women [...]

March 8th, 2017|

NEWS: Women-led venture capital firm has sights on local health tech startups

This originally appeared in San Antonio Business Journal An Austin-based venture capital firm with a unique investment strategy has plans to evaluate and potentially invest in San Antonio area technology startups in the coming months. True Wealth Ventures, co-founded by Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, pitched their idea to the San Antonio Angel Network investors [...]

March 7th, 2017|

NEWS: True Wealth Ventures’ $20 Million Fund Invests in Women-run Startups

This article originally appeared in Silicon Hills News By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Senior Reporter with Silicon Hills News Women run startups outperform all male teams yet they still struggle to get venture capital. That’s a problem Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, with True Wealth Ventures, are seeking to solve. They are raising a $20 [...]

March 7th, 2017|

NEWS: Duke Alumni Entrepreneur Profile Kerry Rupp

This article originally appeared in Duke I&E Kerry Rupp ’93 didn’t know much about entrepreneurship in college, but she was always interested in business. The biology major took accounting and marketing classes while at Duke, and she took a consulting job after college. She went to business school five years after graduating, and since then, she’s [...]

March 5th, 2017|

Speakers: San Antonio Startup Week: Mar. 1, 2017

True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Dr. Sara Brand and General Partner Kerry Rupp speak at two San Antonio Startup Week events for women entrepreneurs and women investors; "Outperformance and Opportunities: Women Investors and Women Entrepreneurs" at 8:00 -9:30 am, and "Empowering Entrepreneuring Women" at 1:30-2:30 pm. See full event details of the two events [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Women-led Startups: Seek Women Investors

Intrinsically valuable women-led startups are not making it to market because of the large growing gap in access to venture capital (VC) financing, research shows. The root of this cycle can be traced to the astonishingly low rate of women General Partners (GPs) in VC today making investment decisions -- one percent. The question is: [...]

February 28th, 2017|