Give First (before you ask)
Make Friends (not just contacts)
Help Others (before you help yourself)
To Inspire, Educate and Connect Entrepreneurs.
Our goal is to spotlight female entrepreneurs and female-led startups in the Texas region.
We will host our yearly pitch competition and the startups pitching can exhibit their solutions both before and after our fire-side chat.
#SGWomen (Apply Here-submissions open April 2) - We are kicking off the event with pre-selected female Startup founders & team members pitching before a panel of experts and attendees. These teams will also be exhibiting their companies before and after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available to 10 startups, Apply today!
Oh, Wise Ones (Apply Here) - Up your visibility while sharing your expertise as a Judge! We seek knowledgeable business leaders to give their comments and to share lessons with those pitching as well as with other attendees. Premium seating is included for the Fireside Chat and Q&A.
Listen & Learn - Be inspired by the Pitch session, learn at the Fireside Chat and Q&A, and connect with like-minded professionals. Month after month we consistently deliver impactful events, this one will not disappoint! Go ahead and choose your preferred ticket level, Grinder or Entrepreneur Partner. (Purchase Ticket Here)
Spread the Word - This is an effective and valuable chance to share your brand and message with Houston’s entrepreneurial community at one of Startup Grind’s signature events. Many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors will be in attendance. We have several opportunities available, starting at $250. (Connect Here)
Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies. For over 20 years, Kerry Rupp has launched, developed and grown startup companies and new lines of business for established firms.Read More
As the prior CEO and General Partner at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, Kerry was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities and raised and managed ~$20M in investment funds including DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs.
Before DreamIt, Kerry was the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on strategy, business development and marketing. She held Vice President positions at AllRecipes.com, Jobster, Classmates.com and LexisNexis (and several startups that preceded these). Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. She serves on the leadership teams of Women@Austin, the Austin chapter of Harvard Business School Alumni Club, and on the board of the Texas 4000 for Cancer. Kerry also mentors at Capital Factory and other startup hubs in Texas and is judge or coach on many local and national start-up competitions (e.g., athenahealth, Harvard Business School, Rice University Business Plan Competition, Energizing Health Houston, Texas Venture Labs, AARP Health Innovation). She is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovations Corps (I-Corps) program.