Plant-Based Protein

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.

Caroline Bushnell

Associate Director of Corporate Engagement, Good Food Institute

Caroline is the Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit organization accelerating the shift to a sustainable, healthy, and just food system. She advises some of the world’s largest food manufacturers, meat producers, and retailers—along with startups and investors—on opportunities in the rapidly evolving alternative protein industry. Previously, Caroline served as the Director of Marketing for Celestial Seasonings at The Hain Celestial Group. She has also worked at Moet Hennessy USA and Janus Capital Group. With almost 15 years’ experience in CPG brand management, finance, and consulting, she is deeply familiar with the food industry.

Lisa Feria

CEO & Managing Director, Stray Dog Capital

Lisa is the CEO and Managing Director of Stray Dog Capital, a Venture Capital firm that invests in early-stage food, food tech, and biotech companies that focuses on delivering financial rewards and making a positive impact on people, animals, and the planet. With over 30 investments, Stray Dog Capital is one of the leading early-stage investors in the plant-based market. Lisa spent decades focused on food operations and consumer packaged goods. She led the marketing, P&L management, and strategy for billion-dollar brands in multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble and General Mills. Lisa was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinas of 2020 by Latino Leaders Magazine, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sarah Foley

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.

Ingrid Fung

Investment Director, Finistere Ventures

Ingrid is an Investment Director with Finistere Ventures located in Toronto, Ontario. She has spent the last decade in agtech innovation and entrepreneurship, holding roles in business development, strategic advisory, technology development, and venture capital. Ingrid is actively involved with Finistere’s investments in EnkoChem, Hi Fidelity Genetics, Radicle Seed, and is a board observer for ZeaKal and Biolumic. Within the firm, her focus is on the application of life sciences technologies within agriculture and food. Additionally, Ingrid led the creation of Finistere’s annual AgTech Review and Future AgTech R&D initiatives. Beyond her work with Finistere, Ingrid is passionate about public science communication, as well as diversity/inclusion in STEM fields. She is an advisor to several accelerators and sits on the executive advisory board for AgTech Next (Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center’s new innovation event).

Andrew Ive

Founder & General Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures

Andrew is the founder of Big Idea Ventures, a hybrid venture firm. Big Idea Ventures has a mission to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. Big Idea Ventures’ first fund and accelerator invests in plant-based foods and ingredients to impact climate change, animal welfare and personal health.

Peter Kruger

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.

Dana Kanze

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Dr. Dana Kanze holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Business School. Her research applies behavioural insights to understand sources of labour market inequality, spanning the areas of judgment and decision making, ethics, motivation science and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kanze’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as in practitioner outlets such as the Harvard Business Review. Her research has been featured by BBC Radio, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Chicago Booth Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., MIT Sloan Management Review, Pitchbook, Quartz, Scientific American, TechCrunch, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wharton Magazine. Accomplished as an ad hoc reviewer and TED speaker, Dr. Kanze started her career as an investment banker and strategic consultant for Citigroup and Winterberry Group, going on to co-found and run a venture-funded startup before re-entering education.

Anna Mason

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.

Sarah Masoni

Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center, Director of Product & Process Development

Sarah is the Director of Product and Process Development at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) where she has resided for 19 years. Located in Portland, Oregon, the FIC is one of 13 experiment stations across the state affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. Sarah has dedicated her career to food entrepreneurship and development. She works as a liaison between the university and the food manufacturing industry, transferring valuable information to start-ups that require guidance to get their new concept going. Over the course of her career, she has helped literally thousands of entrepreneurs realize their vision by helping them develop foods that are market-ready, including household names such as Salt & Straw, Bob’s Red Mill, and Keto Pint. Sarah is a current member of the Specialty Food Association, Oregon Dairy Industries, and the American Cheese Society. Sarah has been invited as an Official Judge for the ACS Annual Cheese Competition, for the American Dairy Goat Association, as well as the Specialty Food Association Annual SOFI Awards and the Good Food Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Food Science from Oregon State University.

Marcia Mitchell

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.

Diana Murakhovskaya

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.

Wendy Nunnelley

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.

Earnest Sweat

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.