Truist Ventures is shaping the future of finance by investing in strategic partnerships, inspiring products, and exceptional leaders. As a uniquely nimble part of Truist Bank, we have the agility to get things done quickly, and the ability to provide you with the resources and exposure you deserve.

The best of both worlds.

We share your entrepreneurial vision. We move swiftly within our streamlined team to match your pace of innovation—making sure you don’t miss a single opportunity. But we don’t hesitate to use the power of our network. As part of the sixth largest bank in the country, we can provide you with strength, stability, and invaluable access to the resources within Truist.

We value our partnerships.

Right now, our clients are pushing boundaries and redefining fintech. Some you might already recognize. The others—it’s only a matter of time.

Current Portfolio

Exited Portfolio

Fund Investments

Vanessa Vreeland

Head of Truist Ventures

Vanessa is using her 20 years of experience as a venture capitalist to lead Truist Ventures...

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She’s built and led teams that collectively invested nearly $800 million of balance sheet capital into dozens of private equity funds and over 50 companies in a variety of industries and stages. Specializing in fintech, she’s helping Truist combine human touch and innovative technology by identifying transformative companies and investing in their novel solutions.

Christina Bechhold Russ

Head of Strategic Investment Initiatives

Christina draws from a wealth of experience to lead strategic investment initiatives for Truist Ventures...

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She’s also a regular contributor on startups and leadership for the Wall Street Journal, a TEDx speaker, a mentor for the Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, and co-founder and founding partner of Empire Angels. Christina sits on venture fund advisory boards in both the U.S. and South America.

Matt Tobin

Head of Commercialization

Matt leads commercialization initiatives for Truist Ventures...

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He brings over 20 years of financial services, M&A and solution integration experience to Truist Ventures.  Matt is focused on partnering with tech forward companies and simplifying complexity to realize innovative solutions at Truist.

Jakub Konieczny

Investment Principal

Jakub serves as investment principal for Truist Ventures and is an experienced investment underwriter, negotiator, board observer, and portfolio manager...

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He brings more than 15 years of experience in private equity and venture capital to his current leadership role in investment diligence and portfolio oversight efforts. Prior to joining Truist Ventures, Jakub served as a principal of Fifth Third Bank’s strategic investments group.

Nick Joyner, CFA

Investment Senior Associate

Nick brings 10 years’ experience in banking, capital markets, and investment management to his role as an investment senior associate...

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Prior to joining Truist Ventures, Nick was a partner in an institutional asset management startup where he served as head of fundamental research overseeing $1.8 billion in assets. Nick has worked at various financial services institutions throughout his career including J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Who are you? And more importantly—who do you want to be?

Truist Ventures is looking to partner with exceptional people and develop groundbreaking products. Together, we’ll work to shape the future of fintech, better our communities, and enhance our client experience. Innovation and novel solutions exist in companies of all sizes—so we’re stage-agnostic. We have the expertise to lead or participate in financing rounds from series A to buyout and everything in between. We can even develop creative financing structures to meet your company’s specific needs.

Let's talk.

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