Helping great people build great companies·CEO, 2010 through 2014
Kerry oversaw the accelerator & DreamIt's funds. She led several of the Philadelphia and Austin programs & advised startups in all of the...more programs.
During her tenure, DreamIt expanded from Philly to 5 cities (Austin, Baltimore, New York, Philly, and Tel Aviv) and helped launch ~ 150 companies. As of Q3 2014, DreamIt companies in aggregate had gone on to raise more than $180 million in follow-on funding with an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $575 million.
Leveraging over 20 years' experience launching and growing startups and new lines of business for established firms, Kerry Rupp advises clients on innovation & strategy. Core sectors of expertise are Corporate Innovation, Corporate Venture, Strategy & Business Development, and Economic Development.
As CEO 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, raised a $15+M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs.
As a General Partner at DreamIt, Kerry reviewed thousands of startup applications, led the DreamIt Fund II LP fund design, raised funds, performed due diligence and made investment decisions.
She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on stategy, business development and marketing. She has held Vice President level positions at AllRecipes.com, Jobster, Classmates.com and LexisNexis. Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).