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.

Mar 11th, 2018 – SXSW Speaker: YURHOUSE Powered by Samsung NEXT

Kerry Rupp was a speaker at the SXSW event, “YURHOUSE SXSW Powered by Samsung NEXT.” For the first time during SXSW 2018, YurHouse by DFlash & KITE became the go-to destination for SXSW Interactive attendees seeking welcome, innovative & inclusive programming, podcasts, startup competitions, networking and a quiet place to work and recharge. The event [...]

March 12th, 2018|

Mar 11th, 2018 – SXSW Judge: Civic I/O Pitch

Sara Brand was a judge for the Civic I/O pitch. Civic I/O immersed forward-thinking mayors from around the country with the most innovative technologists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and creatives during SXSW. See more information here.   

March 12th, 2018|

Mar 10th, 2018 – SXSW Mentor: Accelerator Pitch

SXSW Accelerator returned for its tenth year and showcased some of the global startup ecosystem most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology! This event provided an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas in Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies, Entertainment and Content Technologies, Health and Wearables Technologies, Hyper-Connected Communities Technologies, Payment and FinTech Technologies, Security [...]

March 11th, 2018|

Mar 10th, 2018 – Host: First Annual True Wealth Ventures SXSW Startup Pitch Session

True Wealth Ventures was pleased to announce the first annual True Wealth Ventures SXSW Startup Pitch Session. Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, General Partners of True Wealth Ventures, hosted the pitch session during SXSW Interactive 2018 in Austin, Texas. The opportunity offered participating startups the opportunity to directly pitch to, engage with and solicit feedback [...]

March 11th, 2018|

NEWS: Crunchbase News – These Three Funds Are Challenging VC Gender Dynamics

True Wealth Ventures I think it is going to take funds like True Wealth Ventures that have a proactive gender diversity investment strategy to overcome the unconscious bias Texas-based True Wealth Ventures invests in companies in high growth markets that primarily serve women. The firm is interested in investing in companies based in Texas with businesses and [...]

March 8th, 2018|

NEWS: True Wealth Ventures Featured in The Impact Journal

What is True Wealth Ventures? We are an early stage fund focused on women-led companies. We define women-led to mean at least one woman of significant decision-making authority or influence on the founding or executive team. We are two general partners, myself and Kerry Rupp, both based in Austin, Texas and we just closed $19.1 [...]

March 8th, 2018|

NEWS: True Wealth Ventures Closes Women-Focused Fund

The Austin-based investment firm raised $19.1 million, which it will use to back women-led health tech ventures and sustainable consumer brands. The founders cite high performance of women-run startups, lack of VC funding for women entrepreneurs and women’s overwhelming influence in consumer purchasing and healthcare decision making as reasons for launching the fund. (We know of at least 58 funds and 13 [...]

March 2nd, 2018|

Mentor: IGNITE’s Cocktails & Conversations

Kerry Rupp, General Partner, with Austin based True Wealth Ventures facilitated a conversation among three accomplished innovators: Dorit Donoviel, Associate Professor: Director, Translational Research Institute for Space Health at Baylor College of Medicine. Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN: Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care, Acension's Texas Ministry. Nadia Morris: Head of Innovation at [...]

March 1st, 2018|

NEWS: VCs Close on $19.1M Fund for Women-led Companies

An Austin-based venture capital firm co-founded by two women executives has closed on its first big fundraising round from investors. Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp closed their $19.1 million first fund just over two years after Brand founded Austin-based True Wealth Ventures in September 2015. True Wealth Ventures is a mission-driven VC firm. Brand and Rupp target women-led companies in health [...]

February 16th, 2018|