NEWS: Austin-Based True Wealth Ventures Closes over $19MM in Committed Capital

True Wealth Ventures, led by seasoned entrepreneurs and investors Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, today announced the close of the firm’s first fund, with $19.1 million in committed capital. The firm will use dollars raised to invest in women-led, sustainable consumer and consumer health technology companies in the next several years in the Texas area [...]

February 13th, 2018|

NEWS: 10 People Poised to Make an Impact in the New Year: Austin’s People to Watch in 2018

Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp of True Wealth Ventures As the only Austin venture capitalists who explicitly seek out women-led companies, Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp are already trailblazers. But the data show the True Wealth Ventures general partners could become the vanguard of a seismic shift in investment strategy. Multiple studies and reports during the past seven years alone have found that companies led [...]

January 5th, 2018|

NEWS: Founding Partner Sara Brand Shares Exclusive Executive Advice for Success in Business and Life

Name: Sara Brand, founding general partner, True Wealth Ventures Description: As one of the few women leading a venture capital firm in the United States, Sara Brand specifically seeks out other female-led companies to invest in. She says that such a focus is needed to help diversify corporate America. True Wealth Ventures has invested about [...]

January 5th, 2018|

NEWS: How More Women Are Stepping Up To Fund Women Entrepreneurs In 2018

Women’s activism to correct this injustice has been building, as evidenced by the rising tide of financing options for women entrepreneurs. Now, the #MeToo movement could bring a tidal wave of funding as women are inspired to stand up and speak out against sexism. Whether you have $25 or $25 million, here’s how women have [...]

January 5th, 2018|

NEWS: Sara Brand, Venture Capitalist Chosen as Business Person of the Year

It came down to a venture capitalist and a pair of renegade Realtors who shook up the status quo. Austin Business Journal asked readers to select their choice as business person of the year, making their picks from an array of CEOs and leaders who made headlines in 2017. More than 1,200 votes were cast. [...]

January 4th, 2018|

NEWS: Austin Business Journal’s Best Photos of 2017

With all of the dramatic changes taking place in Austin these days, from the ever-shifting skyline to the hundreds of newcomers who move here each day, photographs are a helpful way to freeze a moment in time for posterity. Austin Business Journal staff photographer Arnold Wells captures a wide variety of scenes each year, from highlighting what [...]

January 4th, 2018|

NEWS: Success Story: University of Texas at Austin & True Wealth Ventures Partner to Help Female-Founded Startups Access Elusive Venture Dollars

Recent research in the high tech entrepreneurship world finds companies that are most inclusive of women in top governing positions traditionally outperform other companies with less diversity, demonstrating 35% higher return on equity and 34% better total returns. Yet, only 2.19% of total global venture dollars are going to female-founded startups, despite the workforce being comprised of 50% female, [...]

December 11th, 2017|

NEWS: How Female Entrepreneurs Can Get Funding for Their Startups

By MONICA ROZENFELD Did you know that only 2 percent of startups funded by venture capitalists last year were founded by women, and the numbers are actually declining? And that 99 percent of investment decisions at venture capital firms are made by men? This is according to data from PitchBook, which provides research on private companies and their funding. Sara Brand’s venture [...]

December 11th, 2017|

NEWS: How To Finally Fix The Gender Gap In VC

In this Part II of a two-part series, we identify systemic problems with the current institutions that fund venture capital (VC) groups and propose how to change this archaic system. This builds off of Part Iwhere we discussed the gender disparities in venture capital, and how solving for those issues creates great financial opportunities for investors, [...]

November 28th, 2017|