An Introduction to Strawberry Creek Ventures

Wednesday, October 13th, 2:00 PM EST

Watch our 35-minute presentation about Strawberry Creek Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ UC Berkeley-focused venture capital fund. The discussion is led by Strawberry Creek Ventures’ Managing Partner Matt Caspari, Principal Krithika Kumar, and Senior Partner Deborah Walden and is open to all alumni and friends of UC Berkeley. The webinar recording does not feature our live Q&A, please make sure to join webinars live to participate in the discussion. 


During the session, we will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The value of the Alumni Ventures’ model
  • Some examples of current portfolio companies
  • The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
  • The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund

 

* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital



Meet Your Presenters

Matt Caspari | Managing Partner | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Matt Caspari | Managing Partner | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Matt is a two-time venture-backed founder/CEO with a decade of startup operating experience. Before joining Strawberry Creek Ventures, he was an Investing Partner at Spike Ventures, where he participated in over twenty investments. He’s an active angel investor and leads an AngelList syndicate with over 1,000 backers. Prior to joining Alumni Ventures, Matt was a leader of the innovation team at Nike where he oversaw a portfolio of projects and led global cross-functional teams. While at UC Berkeley, Matt founded Aurora Biofuels, which grew to over 100 employees and raised more than $100m in capital before being acquired by Reliance Industries. He’s a longtime Judge / Mentor at LAUNCH: The University of California’s Startup Accelerator and a Mentor at Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship. Matt holds an MBA with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BS in Biochemistry from Georgetown University.

Krithika Kumar | Principal | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika Kumar | Principal | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika is a member of Strawberry Creek Ventures where she brings experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and scientific research to the team. Krithika has led diligence and sourced deals as a Venture Partner at Humboldt Fund and a Senior Venture Fellow at Castor Ventures. Prior to venture capital, she co-founded a cognitive fitness company to enhance brain performance across the age spectrum. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Prime Biologics where she established strategic partnerships in the US, EU, and emerging markets. Krithika did her postdoctoral research studying the gut microbiome at Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Texas A&M University.

Deborah Walden | Senior Partner | Alumni Ventures

Deborah Walden | Senior Partner | Alumni Ventures

Deborah has over 25 years of experience working with social impact entrepreneurs and mission-driven leaders. Prior to joining Alumni Ventures, Deb was an independent consultant for business development and growth strategies, guiding founders through the early startup and launch phases of new social ventures and nonprofit organizations. Her clients included an MIT professor and former dean launching a venture to transform the higher education landscape, social ventures focused on national security and foreign policy, and a national organization building a global joint initiative for world leaders. She has worked in higher education advancement, nonprofit management, and as a Capitol Hill lobbyist, beginning her career as committee staff in the US Senate. Deborah holds a BS in political science from Birmingham-Southern College and a MA in Communication from American University.

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