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-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|

NEWS: Ventures and Inventors: Annual Startup Week Launches at Geekdom

This article originally appeared in Rivard Report  Data and timing are on the side of Austin entrepreneur Jean Anne Booth, whose latest invention is a smartwatch aimed at senior citizens like her mother, who still lives independently in her San Antonio home. According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, venture-backed companies with a woman [...]

February 27th, 2017|

Attendees: foundingAustin Issue Release Party: Feb. 21, 2017

True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Dr. Sara Brand speaks at the release of the second issue of foundingAUSTIN Magazine on Tuesday, February 21 at The Townsend, Austin’s swanky cocktail lounge and live music bar on Congress Avenue. foundingAUSTIN‘s Issue Release Party will feature a special live performance by The Sour Bridges, the city’s most popular “Browngrass” band. KP and [...]

February 21st, 2017|

Judge: “MoneyTalks” with DivInc at UT Austin: Feb. 15, 2017

Austin, Texas February 15, 2017 True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Dr. Sara Brand speaks on VC and entrepreneurship at "Money Talks" event with Dr. Bernard Harris of Vesalius Ventures, in partnership with UT Austin. MoneyTalks! is a recurring speaker series that features a source of capital for high growth entrepreneurial businesses with a preference [...]

February 15th, 2017|

NEWS: Do female-led businesses have more challenges in raising capital?

This article originally appeared on Crain's. By: Mary Ann Azevedo   Raising venture capital is never easy. But if you’re a startup with a female owner, chances are it will be even harder. A recent Bloomberg analysis found that just 7 percent of companies that received $20 million or more in funding between 2009 and 2015 [...]

February 6th, 2017|

Judge: Food+City Challenge: Feb. 3, 2017

Austin, Texas February 3rd, 2017 True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Sara Brand judges food-entrepreneurs at the 2017 Food+City Challenge. The Food+City organization seeks to improve today's food systems, and innovate the ways in which our communities are fed. This year, over 700 teams from around the world competed to be one of the top [...]

February 3rd, 2017|