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A noted expert in diversity and community, Elizabeth Galbut has served as a champion for building and funding gender-diverse companies in New York. At SoGal Ventures, which she cofounded with Pocket Sun in 2015, she invests in companies that are female-founded, diverse, or address a predominantly female customer base. Industry-wise, the firm tends to focus on companies that are tackling major consumer or healthcare problems in the US and Asia, with Galbut looking specializing in the intersection of design thinking and healthcare.
SoGal isn't her first endeavor in venture as Galbut founded A-Level Capital, a student-run venture fund while completing her MBA/MA at Johns Hopkins. Outside of investing, SoGal has been instrumental in bringing together various constituents in the ecosystem to talk about and address diversity through a series of events such as SoGal Summit, Her Startup Global Competition, SoGal Startup Bootcamp, SoGal Influencer Fest, SoGal Beauty Fest, SoGal World Tour, and GalBoss Bootcamp.
Galbut's work in fostering diversity in investment hasn't gone unnoticed. She was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 in Venture Capital in 2018. Committed to the next generation of diverse founders, she serves on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts for its MFA Products of Design program.