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.

Speaker: IC² Institute FASTFORWARD Aftercare Event

True Wealth Ventures General Partner Kerry Rupp delivered the mentor presentation to Cohort 1 at the July 2017 FastFoward 'Aftercare' session hosted by The University of Texas at Austin's IC² Institute and the City of Austin. Launched in 2016, FASTFORWARD is an Austin-based entrepreneur training program that invests in the growth of Austin’s small businesses. [...]

July 18th, 2017|

Judge: 2017 National Cleantech University Prize Business Plan Competition

True Wealth Ventures General Founding Partner Sara Brand judged the 2017 National Cleantech University Prize Business Plan Competition. Clean energy student entrepreneurs were selected across 8 regional collegiate competitions and competed for the national prize. Launched in 2015, Cleantech UP aims to inspire and support cleantech student entrepreneurs nationwide. The Cleantech UP National Competition is [...]

June 27th, 2017|

Judge: Smart Cities Startup Challenge

The 2017 Smart Cities Startup Challenge took place as a part of the larger event; Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo. True Wealth Ventures Founding General Partner Dr. Sara Brand judged 10 finalists during the final pitch competition. The Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo takes place in over 200 cities, and brings city leadership [...]

June 27th, 2017|

NEWS: For women in Austin tech, silence isn’t golden when facing ingrained sexism

City's progressive reputation conceals challenging reality women face in tech scene [...]

June 9th, 2017|

NEWS: Women in Austin tech: Women-led startups are funded a fraction of male-led ventures; Data show that’s bad business

Only 2.7 percent of companies with women CEOs, or 183 of 6,517, received venture capital funding from 2011-13, according to one 2014 report. [...]

June 8th, 2017|

NEWS: BrainCheck Raises $1.5M in Funding

This article originally appeared here. BrainCheck, a Houston-based mobile brain health tracking solution, completed a $1.5m round of funding. The round, which brings the total seed funding to $4.5m to date, was led by True Wealth Ventures with participation from other contributors. As part of the investment, True Wealth Ventures’ General Partner, Kerry Rupp, will [...]

June 6th, 2017|

NEWS: More female VCs hasn’t brought more funds for female founders, report says

This article originally appeared here. Adding senior female partners to venture firms hasn't resulted in an increase in funding for female-founded startups, according to a report published this week. The analysis of 17 top firms by Bloomberg showed that those with senior women partners funded startups founded or co-founded by women at about the same [...]

June 6th, 2017|

NEWS: BrainCheck Raises $1.5 Million in Additional Capital To Expand Healthcare Pipeline

This article originally appeared here. BrainCheck, a mobile brain health tracking solution, announced today that it has completed a $1.5 million round of funding to deliver on its promise of bringing its innovative brain performance platform to people everywhere. Additional funding led by True Wealth Ventures and other contributors brings the total seed funding to [...]

June 5th, 2017|

NEWS: Austin VC firm with focus on women-led startups makes latest six-figure investment

Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp started their VC firm in 2016 with a focus on companies led by women in the sustainable consumer goods and consumer health categories. They have made at least two investments — the latest in a Houston company making software that measures brain health. See the full article here.  

June 5th, 2017|

NEWS: Houston health tech company raises round led by Austin investors

True Wealth Ventures provides more funding for BrainCheck, completing a $1.5 million round of funding to follow through on its promise of delivering its innovative brain performance platform to everyone. See the full article here.

June 5th, 2017|