Elizabeth Galbut Named To Forbes 30 Under 30 list

By Laura Layden
Naples Daily News, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 28 year old Elizabeth Galbut is a co-owner and managing partner of SoGal Ventures. SoGal invests in companies with diverse founding teams, and all of the companies it has put money into have at least one female co-founder.

Naples Daily News, Fla.

You might say three times is a charm for Elizabeth Galbut.

The Naples native and Community School grad made the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list after judges considered her for the prestigious recognition three times.

The venture capitalist was a finalist for two years in a row, so it didn’t surprise her to get nominated a third time. When she landed on this year’s list, though, she said “it felt very humbling.”

She describes the competition for the list as “more competitive than getting into Harvard.”

“This is really great,” she said. “I’m glad I got it, but I’m much happier with the 50 companies I’ve invested in.”

Galbut, 28, is a co-owner and managing partner of SoGal Ventures based in New York. The firm invests in startups in the U.S. and Asia, with a focus on consumer, health care and enterprise technologies that change the way people live, work and stay healthy.

The millennial was also recently honored as one of New York City’s 33 Under 33 Top Innovators.

“My job is hard,” she said. “But the entrepreneurs have the really hard job. They are putting in the blood, sweat and tears 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

SoGal invests in companies with diverse founding teams, and all of the companies it has put money into have at least one female co-founder.

Galbut and her Asian business partner, Pocket Sun, search out companies with inclusive cultures and diverse workforces. They believe diversity leads to better business performance and a higher return on investment.

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