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Bringing surprise and delight to financial services through disruptive investment
The Truist Ventures team has more than 50 years of venture investing experience. Our diverse team brings complementary skill sets and is well poised to supercharge your growth.
Head of Strategic Investment Initiatives, Senior Vice President
Christina is a founding partner of Empire Angels, a New York-based fund and angel network of young professionals investing in early-stage startups, with a focus on supporting millennial entrepreneurs.
Christina is a regular contributor on startups and leadership for The Wall Street Journal, a mentor for the Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, and a board member for venture fund advisory boards in both the U.S. and South America.
She’s also a TEDx speaker and was recognized by The New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence, by Business Insider as a Woman to Watch in Venture Capital in 2018, and by Management Today and The Daily Telegraph as one of Britain’s 35 Women Under 35 in 2019.
Previously, Christina served as director of European investments for Samsung NEXT, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in software and services across mobile, consumer electronics, and display. She started her career in capital markets at Citigroup in New York.
Head of Commercialization, Senior Vice President
Matt brings more than 20 years of experience in financial services, mergers and acquisitions, and solution integration experience to Truist Ventures. He’s focused on using his deep expertise within financial services to partner with tech-forward companies. And he aims to simplify complexity to realize strategic and innovative solutions at Truist for clients and teammates.
Through strategy, planning, development, integrations, and divestitures, Matt has helped organizations achieve target operating models. And, he has expertise in portfolio and program management and driving efficiencies and productivity gains.
Previously, Matt led Truist’s enterprise program office planning and execution of acquisitions and divestitures, engaging with internal and external partners to realize these strategic transactions.
Before joining Truist, Matt served as a director at NTT Data, focused on program delivery and sales. During his time there, he partnered with clients to implement change initiatives and integrate acquisitions at top U.S. banks.
Matt began his career with Accenture, aligned to the financial services practice. During his 10 years there, he managed integrations and change initiatives at several top 10 financial institutions.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Investments Director, Senior Vice President
Jakub is an experienced investment underwriter, negotiator, board observer, and portfolio manager. With more than 15 years of experience in private equity and venture capital within the financial services industry, Jakub now leads investment diligence and portfolio oversight efforts for Truist Ventures.
Before joining Truist Ventures, Jakub served as a principal of Fifth Third Bank’s strategic investments group. He performed underwriting of numerous fintech seed and growth equity investments, led diligence teams to consummate partnerships with fintechs and technology acquisitions, and served as board observers for a dozen portfolio companies.
Previously, Jakub served as a vice president of Fifth Third Capital with responsibility for underwriting and oversight of a $500 million portfolio of private equity funds and direct investment across several industries.
Jakub began his career as a CPA after graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in accounting, finance, and international business.
Investment Senior Associate
Nick brings 10 years of experience in banking, capital markets, and investment management to his role at Truist Ventures. Nick leverages a breadth of experiences within large financial institutions and startup environments to aid in underwriting, deal structuring, and portfolio oversight efforts for Truist Ventures.
Before 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 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’s also a CFA charterholder.
Strategic Investments, Senior Associate
Joshua brings strategic planning experience from financial institutions and FinTech operator experience to his role at Truist Ventures, where he is focused on strategy, research and sourcing.
Joshua previously worked in the transformative Corporate Strategy group at Wells Fargo as well as the Executive Office at Goldman Sachs.
Before joining Truist Ventures, Joshua led product strategy and development at an investment and insurance FinTech that focused on the art market. Joshua is a board member and co-founder of Silver Art Projects, which is a New York City based non-profit that incubates and accelerates diverse and emerging artists.
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington School of Business.