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.

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|

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|