Kerry Rupp is General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses in the consumer health and sustainability sectors. She also teaches for NSF’s I-Corps program. Kerry was previously CEO at DreamIt, a top-ten US startup accelerator and VC fund, with HealthTech, EdTech, Minority & Women-focused programs. She was the founder of Holiday Golightly, a group travel service for women, and held VP positions at AllRecipes, Jobster, Classmates and LexisNexis. Kerry holds an MBA from HBS and a BA from Duke.
Andy Sernovitz is the Founder of GasPedal and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He is an Angel Investor. Andy Sernovitz builds organizations that help people help each other. His company, GasPedal, builds peer-to-peer communities for people leading meaningful change at the world's biggest companies. He wrote the best-selling book Word of Mouth Marketing that teaches you how to rally fans for your business, your art, or your cause. GasPedal runs SocialMedia.org and SocialMedia.org Health, and is creating communities for people leading sustainability, wellness, and other mission-driven initiatives. Andy taught word of mouth marketing at Northwestern University and internet entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business. He's a serial entrepreneur who founded and advises many startups and nonprofits. And he's a rabid purist on the topic of marketing ethics.
Mohamed Hamdy is the Head of Investments at the Dubai Future Foundation. He is also an Angel Investor. Prior to this role, Mohamed advised British Petroleum Ventures and Masdar on setting up the first startup accelerator focused on sustainability in the MENA region. He was also the founding Managing Director of the 'Turn8 Accelerator' based out of Dubai, and helped design and build several corporate accelerators in the MENA region. Mohamed started his career in private equity where he was investment director for a family Office in Abu Dhabi for 7 years, primarily managing portfolio and sourcing investment opportunities in diverse industries across the MENA region and Europe. Mohamed was also the founder and general manager of Tadawul, an online stock brokerage company based in Abu Dhabi in 2006. Mohamed is an investor in technology startups, including one in the renewable sector called 'Corvus Energy', which a lithium battery company based out of Vancouver that focuses on building energy storage systems.
Launch Tennessee is a venture capital firm focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. The firm invests in early-stage, high growth, technology-enabled companies through its INCITE Co-Investment Fund. It invests in the information technology, technology, healthcare, digital media, ed-tech, transportation, energy and sustainability, healthcare IT and gaming sectors.
Josh Green is the founder and Managing Partner of Traverse Venture Partners, a leading investor in the rapidly emerging field of UrbanTech: innovative solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of buildings. With an LP base that includes real estate owners, operators and builders, Traverse acts as a trusted innovation and sustainability partner, accelerating the adoption of proven solutions into the built environment. Josh has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry, as both an investor and operator. Prior to launching Traverse, Josh managed CCM Energy, an investment firm he founded in 2012 with CCM Group, a leading real estate company. Before CCM, he was a co-founder and the CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in 2011. Earlier in his career, Josh held various investment roles, including serving as a Director at Climate Change Capital, responsible for building and managing a global portfolio of low carbon investments for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund, the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and a Vice President for Softbank Emerging Markets. Josh began his career working with some of the leading utilities in South America as a Consultant with Monitor Group. Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College, and currently serves on the boards of Generate Capital, Project Frog, Mercatus, Nextility, and Summit Power Group.
Serial entrepreneur. Microsoft Alumni. Partner at Medra Capital. Interested in Social, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Distributed Manufacturing and Robotics.
Managing Director at @physic-ventures, investing in health and sustainability. Prof of Entrepreneurship at Haas Berkeley. Founding CEO Republic of Tea
The Westly Group
Mr. Westly is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group. He and his partners have built one of the larger sustainability venture firms in the US with close to $330 million under management. The Westly Group focuses on capital efficient, high growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and the Internet of Things spaces. The firm has 12 or the larger, global energy and automotive companies as investors. The company has invested in 35+ portfolio companies, four of which have gone public on NASDAQ, including Tesla Motors. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s fifth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry. Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth. Steve helped take eBay public in 1998. Steve also served as an executive at a number of other technology firms including Netcom, WhoWhere?, Bridgemere Capital, and SPRINT. Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a lecturer for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California. They have two children.
Yves Béhar is a design entrepreneur who believes that holistic product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, an integrated design and branding firm he established in 1999. Béhar is also the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone, winner of a 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade Award, and the co-founder of August, the next generation home entry system. Renowned designer Yves Behar brings more than twenty years of product design, branding, user experience and communications work to August. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, a design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also chief creative officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the creative co-founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform. In addition, he is currently the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine. His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.