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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Dec 29, 2021

On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Gurdeep Prewal, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Rocana Venture Partners.

Rocana Venture Partners is an LA-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage consumer packaged goods brands. They find truly disruptive, hyper-growth, mission-driven brands that provide consumers with better living choices. Their primary area of focus is in food & beverage, with secondary verticals of focus in beauty and personal care, wellness, pet care, fitness, and fashion/apparel.

Prior to launching Rocana in February 2018, Gurdeep spent 17 years in investment banking M&A and capital markets, in both North America and Asia, with roughly half of his banking career at J.P. Morgan and the other half at BNP Paribas. Gurdeep advised numerous clients over the years on transformative and award-winning landmark M&A deals and IPOs across various sectors, but most notably in transportation and consumer. Gurdeep brings his deep thinking, savvy deal-making and financial acumen to his venture investments.

Gurdeep is also an active angel investor in various industries, including being an early investor in PaTu Wind Farm, Moven, Selina, Relativity Space, Employees Only Aisa, Bai, Kettle & Fire, and Splendid Spoon. He is also an active board member of numerous private companies. Gurdeep is a Canadian citizen and a Singapore permanent resident, residing in both Toronto and Singapore. He holds a BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, is a CFA charter holder, and is a graduate certificate holder of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Gurdeep advises startups and investors and discusses the state of CPG investing and how he sees the industry evolving.

You can visit Rocana Venture Partners at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

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