Episode 36: Investing in Deeptech Space Startups - The New Frontier with Jenna Bryant, Co-Founder & CEO/General Partner, Embedded Ventures
Investing in Deeptech Space Startups - The New Frontier, with Jenna Bryant, Co-Founder & CEO/General Partner, Embedded Ventures
Great VCs and fund managers can come from anyway and Jenna Bryant, a true force of nature is living proof of that. Together with her co-founder Jordan Noone, both from non-traditional backgrounds, they created Embedded Ventures as a next generation VC firm investing in early -stage startups in deeptech and space, that can serve the U.S. Department of Defense. With a degree in fashion design and a passion for dance, she started her career as a tech recruiter, blazing a trail in emerging tech startups, before becoming a venture capitalist and in turn co-founding Embedded Ventures. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a truly wild ride into deeptech and space tech investing, learn more about Embedded Ventures and who they invest in and get key insights into space tech funding, as well as practical key tips for women founders and those who want to get into VC. Ready for Lift Off? You're in the right place.
About Our Guest:
Jenna has a very unique story and passion for supporting women in tech as a result of it. Her professional experience can be described as unique and diverse, spanning entertainment, design, deep-tech and venture capital. Learning computer aided design tools during her degree in fashion design led Jenna to a tremendously successful career in tech. It began during the rise of Silicon Beach, when she recruited for the likes of Snap and Tinder, which opened doors to VC. After learning the ropes at another firm she decided to start her own. Throughout the last decade as a tech recruiter turned venture capitalist, Jenna has invested in and helped build some of the most notable early-stage startups in the country.
Jenna went on to co-found Embedded Ventures with Jordan Noone. With a mission to empower the bold founders who represent the next generation of deep tech advancement, the firm invests in companies focused on space operations, digital engineering, and advanced manufacturing. To date, Embedded Ventures has announced investments in Akash Systems, Chromatic 3D Materials, Inversion, KittyCAD, Slingshot Aerospace and Skyryse. In 2021, the duo secured a first-of-its-kind multi-year partnership with the United States Space Force for Embedded Ventures enabling the two entities to collaboratively research and develop opportunities promoting U.S. space industry growth to prepare for the future of an expanded space economy and for the defense of U.S. interests.
Jenna’s lifelong passion for dance has followed her through each professional endeavor, and she still dances as a creative outlet. Jenna believes that her dual interests in dance and tech challenges the status quo, and embraces the act of pursuing a life and developing a career that is free of restraints.
She has become a powerhouse in tech and venture capital – both industries that are historically notorious for their lack of inclusivity – and she’s improving each through her work at Embedded Ventures. She is a strong-minded female-founder who shows how multifaceted, nonlinear career paths serve as assets.
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About Embedded Ventures:
Launched in 2020, Embedded Ventures is a next generation venture capital firm investing in national security space startups beyond launch. With a thesis that takes a commercial-first approach to investing in early-stage startups with applications that can serve the Department of Defense, Embedded has a first-of-its-kind partnership with the United States Space Force. Co-Founders Jenna Bryant and Jordan Noone have non-traditional backgrounds and strong passions for the communities they represent. The firm invests in pre-seed, seed and Series A rounds for startups focused in digital engineering, advanced manufacturing, and space operations. To date, Embedded Ventures has announced investments in Akash Systems Inc., Chromatic 3D Materials, Inversion, KittyCAD, Slingshot Aerospace and Skyryse.
In Today's Episode You'll Learn:
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Website | Embedded Ventures
LinkedIn | Jenna Bryant
Twitter | @Jenna_Bryant
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
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