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Illuminating a Path for the Next Generation of Consumer Brands

Who We Are

Trail Post Ventures is a venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with the next generation of exceptional consumer brands. We seek out talented entrepreneurs and differentiated concepts, providing value added support to drive innovation and accelerate growth. As partners we take an active, hands on approach and leverage our resources to build strong brands and prepare the business for the next stage of growth.


Sectors of Interest

We invest opportunistically across all consumer industry verticals, however we have particular interest and expertise in the following sectors.

Restaurants
Food & Beverage
Beauty/Personal Care
Specialty Retail

Investment Criteria


We invest in U.S. companies generating $1-$30M in annual revenue that have demonstrated proof of concept and have the potential to disrupt a category.

We typically invest across Seed, Series A and B financing rounds. We offer flexible minority (non-control) equity positions to fuel growth.

Investment size ranges from $250k to $2M with additional capital reserved for follow on investment.


$1 – $30
Million

ANNUAL REVENUE

$250K – $2M

INVESTMENT SIZE

Seed,
Series A & B

INVESTMENTS

Growth Capital

MINORITY INTEREST POSITION

What We Look For

TEAM

We partner with passionate entrepreneurs supported by a strong team ready to execute on the growth plan.

PRODUCT

We look for differentiated products that have the potential to disrupt an entire category.

EMERGING BRANDS

We seek brands that connect with todays consumer and have a voice that extends far beyond the product.

 
PROOF OF CONCEPT

We seek high growth businesses that have demonstrated proof of concept and achieve strong unit economics.

POSITIONING

We look for a concept that capitalizes on attractive industry dynamics and long-term consumer growth trends.

 

Value Add


At Trail Post Ventures, we take an active role in driving operational efficiencies over the long-term which results in significant value creation for our partners.

We leverage our industry network and advisors who have years of experience across finance, marketing, and operations. We connect management directly with industry veterans who provide strategic guidance and allow the team to maximize opportunities. We are fully aligned with our partners as we prepare the company for the next stage of growth.


  • Strategic Network

  • Talent & Recruiting

  • Marketing & Branding

  • Channel & Distribution Strategy

  • Operations & Supply Chain Management

  • Legal

  • Financial Planning & Analysis

  • Financing & Exit Strategy


Team

We are passionate about consumer brands and offer deep industry knowledge with unparalleled access to best-in-class advisors, operators and investors. We offer our financial and operational expertise, bring the right people to the table and form lasting partnerships to bring your vision to reality.

Will Schmitt

Co-Founder / Managing Partner

Nick Mindel

Co-Founder / Managing Partner

Our Investments

Rumpl

Specialty Retail

Technical Blankets
for Anywhere

Company Website

Naadam

Specialty Retail

Sustainable
Cashmere Apparel

Company Website

Nutpods

Beverage

A better for you
dairy free creamer

Company Website

Sweetfin*

Restaurants (Angel)

A leading fast casual
poke concept

Company Website

 
 
 

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