Sarah's background in biomedical science and passion for research-based innovation makes her a unique contributor to the Investible team.
Say Kia Ora to Sarah, our newest Investment Analyst for the Investible Climate Tech Fund!
Joining our Sydney-based team, Sarah brings a passion for research commercialisation, a rich experience in biomedical science, and an intricate knowledge of agtech and foodtech startups to the task of growing the fund. She'll be embedding herself in the Climate Tech startup community to source, screen and analyse investment opportunities, as well as support and connect with founders from across the ecosystem.
Get to know Sarah below!
Firstly, tell us about your journey to date
My background is rooted in science. At university, I completed a master’s degree in biomedical science with a focus on cancer drug development and cell biology. I enjoyed the technical lab-based side of research, but I found myself more curious about moving research-based innovations from lab to market. This led me to later complete a postgraduate diploma in research commercialisation and helped me find my way into the New Zealand startup and investment ecosystem.
I was fortunate enough to get my start in venture capital with Sprout Agritech, a New Zealand-based agtech and foodtech specialist seed-stage investor. The role provided me with an opportunity to continue to use my scientific knowledge whilst allowing me to build an early but solid foundation as an investment analyst. Curious about the big, wide world beyond NZ (and keen to jump the ditch) I came upon Investible and here I am.
What excites you about joining Investible?
I'm excited to join a diversely-skilled, passionate team of people who place founders at the centre of their work, and by the opportunity to surround myself with an awesome network of investors and founders that I can learn from.
I’m also looking forward to helping support innovative climate technology solutions with the Investible Climate Tech Fund. With the increasingly challenging effects of climate change becoming more apparent each day, there has never been a more crucial time to take action. It's thrilling to be a part of a company that recognises this need and is leading the drive to support innovation in this space.
What do you love most about the startup ecosystem?
I love how wonderfully collaborative and supportive the ecosystem can be. Witnessing the ability of founders, investors and companies to celebrate each other’s wins and uplift each other when times are tough is endlessly inspiring. I feel privileged to be a part of a community of people so willing to share their time, experience and skills to help make the journey for those coming behind them easier.
What's your personal philosophy?
There are no failures — just results to learn from.
This is something I often needed to remind myself while working in research and still find useful today.
Perception is key. In science, things don’t often go as you hypothesise. Rather than labelling it as a failure, we simply treat it as another data point that adds value to the bigger picture. The same rationale is useful in life. Every time I feel I've failed I often find that what I learned in the process of ‘failure’ was just as valuable, if not more so, than what would have come from an immediate success.
What's something new you've learned recently?
I recently picked up journaling which has been valuable in teaching me how to structure my thoughts when everything feels jumbled up. It’s also been great for helping me regularly practise gratitude. It’s a strong reminder to pause each day even when things feel chaotic and appreciate the small things like soaking up some sun with my cat, or the chance to enjoy a meal with my family.
Something about you that might surprise people?
During high school, I spent a month travelling through Malaysia as part of a young leader’s expedition. The trip involved a week-long trek through the rainforest and the opportunity to lend a helping hand working in some small villages and an elephant sanctuary. To date, it has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences I have been lucky enough to have.
On a side note, to this day I still pride myself on being one of the only people not to be bitten by a leech while on the trip, achieved only by remaining fully covered at all times and tucking every item of clothing into another.
You can connect with Sarah on LinkedIn here.