Victress Capital named Kate Castle as a partner. Castle has worked with Victress in a consulting role since last summer. Prior to Victress, Castle worked in marketing partner roles at Rethink VC and Flybridge Capital Partners. She was co-founder and operating partner at XFactor Ventures and previously was director of marketing at Battery Ventures. Victress, formed in 2015, invests in women-led management teams in the consumer sector.
Victress Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage consumer companies led by women, today announced that Kate Castle has joined the firm as a Partner. Kate brings nearly two decades of experience working with venture capital funds including Marketing Partner roles at Rethink VC and Flybridge Capital Partners, Co-founder and Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures and earlier in her career as Director of Marketing at Battery Ventures.
“We founded Victress in late 2015 with the conviction that with our combined skill sets of deep consumer and investing backgrounds, we could leverage our differentiated networks and insights to identify and invest in early stage consumer companies with gender diverse teams,” said Lori Cashman and Suzanne Norris, Managing Partners, Victress Capital. “As we’ve gotten to know Kate over the past three years through our shared passion for changing the funding gap for female founders, we recognized the value her marketing and operational experience in VC funds could bring to us and our founders as we continue to grow. We could not be more thrilled to have her join us.”
“Over the past several years, I’ve spent a significant amount of time working with female founders on the challenges they face in accessing venture capital funding as they start and build their companies,” said Kate. “Through this, I’ve learned that a focus on creating positive change in an industry was a prerequisite for any team I join, and Victress was a perfect fit. I am excited to work with an amazing team who has a proven track record of funding and supporting gender diverse teams in their early stages, and to partner with and provide strategic support to the companies they invest in as they scale.”
Victress Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that provides visionary and diverse founding teams in the consumer space with capital and resources for growth by leveraging our 40+ years of consumer operating and investing experience. The firm’s culture is founded on the core values of integrity, humility, teamwork, and inclusiveness. Over the past five years, the Victress team has backed 21 innovative companies led by tenacious founders including Alyce, Daily Harvest, Harper Wilde, Rae, and Summersalt.