Sara T. Brand
Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Sara is the Founding General Partner of True Wealth Ventures, an early stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainability sectors. She is also the co-founder of (512) Brewing, the largest draught-only, self-distributing microbrewery in the country. Sara was previously in venture capital and management consulting in the Bay Area as well as in a variety of strategic and operational roles in large tech companies. Sara holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in green design and manufacturing from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UT Austin.
Meghan Cross Breeden
Partner, Amplifyher Ventures
Meghan is a Partner at Amplifyher Ventures, investing in companies led by visionary women. Previously, as the founding Managing Partner of Red Bear Angels, she built the Cornell alumni angel network of 100+ HNWI and led 25+ investments including Grokstyle [acq. Facebook], and Lyft [NASDAQ: LYFT]. She received her venture training from Foundation Capital and Bowery Capital. With a background in new media, she was an early Director at StyleCaster (acq. She Knows Media) and early public relations specialist for Skype and Foursquare. Meghan received her B.S. in Fiber Science from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. She co-chairs the nextgen board of the education nonprofit Facing History and serves on the junior board of Lincoln Center.
Associate Director of Corporate Engagement, Good Food Institute
CEO & Managing Director, Stray Dog Capital
Partner, SWAT Equity Partners
Sarah is a senior finance and operating professional with over 20 years of experience investing in angel-to-leveraged buyout-stage companies across a variety of industries. She has held corporate executive, investment and board of director positions, assisting companies from early growth to turnaround stages of development. Currently, Sarah is a Partner at SWAT Equity Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused exclusively on consumer-branded products, services and technology, since inception and has built a portfolio of 17 companies. Prior to SWAT Equity Partners, Sarah served as CFO of Eleni’s New York, a food brand. Sarah also spent over 11 years in private equity at Chartwell Investments and Deutsche Asset Management.
Investment Director, Finistere Ventures
Founder & General Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures
CEO & Managing Director, Startupbootcamp FoodTech
Peter is an entrepreneur and investor with 25 years’ experience in the IT and digital industries, most recently operating as CEO of Startupbootcamp FoodTech, the leading global accelerator with 25 foodtech companies in portfolio. His experience ranges from operating as executive manager, board member and CEO for companies such as RAI, Kataweb, Tiscali, Postecom, Terra News. He also operated as consultant, advisor and board member for Investment funds and Government bodies. With a Master in Science degree in Theoretical Physics, he combines a strong technological background with solid business and financial expertise. Active business angel, mentor, and public speaker, he is currently fundraising for AgFood Ventures, the only global foodtech seed fund based in Europe.
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Revolution
Anna is a Partner on Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. In this capacity, she leads the investment process for select deals in the fund across a variety of industries. Anna also leads strategy and execution for the Rise of the Rest Network and Platform, including the annual Rise of the Rest Road Trip and annual Network Summit. Anna brings over a dozen years of experience in finance, startup operations, and venture community programming to Revolution. Prior to joining Revolution, she co-founded a fitness-community startup that was acquired by Beachbody in 2015. Before that, she began her career on Wall Street, where she spent seven years as a distressed bond and post-reorg private equity trader, most recently as a Vice President at The Seaport Group.
Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center, Director of Product & Process Development
Senior Associate, ff Venture Capital
Marcia is a Senior Associate at ff Venture Capital. In this role, she sits on the investment team, quarterbacking deal flow, due diligence and closing deals, supporting portfolio companies post-investment, advising them on business development, operations and special projects while helping to create connectivity to customers, suppliers, and partners. Prior to working in venture, Marcia spent several years working across diverse industries including investment banking, tech consulting and fashion. Marcia holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an M.Sc. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Co-Founder and General Partner, The Artemis Fund
Diana is the co-founder and General Partner of The Artemis Fund. The Artemis Fund is an early stage venture capital fund that backs women-led companies nationally. She spent a decade in tech investment banking M&A and commodities sales and trading on Wall Street. After building and launching the first women-only iPhone app for new friends and networking she became compelled to solve the difficulties women founders faced in fundraising. She went on to co-found Monarq Incubator, the first national, funding focused incubator curated for gender diverse founding teams. She and her partner sold the Monarq Incubator to the Female Founder Alliance. She is an active angel investor and member of the Houston entrepreneurial community with deep roots in her home town of NYC.
SVP of Global Growth, Diageo
Wendy Nunnelley is the SVP of Global Growth at Diageo, one of the largest beverage alcohol companies, with brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Ciroc, and Don Julio. She leads teams to generate smart growth for Diageo, its customers, and its consumers. She has expertise in commercial strategies and plans; revenue management including price, promo, and trade investment; and mix management. Wendy is also an active angel investor, an advisor to Springdale Ventures, and on the board of Naturally Austin. She was previously a VP at Coca-Cola in the US and Japan and a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in the US, Norway, and Central America.
Associate Partner, GreatPoint Ventures
Earnest is an Associate Partner at GreatPoint Ventures who focuses on verticals whose emerging technologies will have the most significant impact on global GDP, specializing in retail, supply chain, real estate, and manufacturing. Prior to joining GPV, Earnest was a founding team member at Prologis Ventures, the venture arm of the world’s largest industrial real estate owner. Earnest is also a founding Board Member of BLCK VC, a community built for and by black investors and, shortly after college, founded an online marketplace to provide college advisory and professional development services, which was acquired four years later. Earnest is an alum of Columbia University and earned his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.