Cult Brand (N.): A cult brand changes the world by providing a product that otherwise would not exist; and if it didn’t exist the world would be worse off in a meaningful way. It’s a product consumers can’t live without.
A cult brand derives its loyal following not just by virtue of the product being provided, but also by the way in which the brand engages with its consumer. A cult brand hyper-connects with its followers and has a fiercely committed and loyal customer base. It’s a brand that sells a lifestyle, not just a product.
Our Investment Focus
Cult Brand Following
We seek consumer
brands that have fanatical
followers. Brands that give their consumers
a sense of identity and
We partner with ambitious brands that have annual revenues of at least
$2 million and are seeking capital investment of
up to $10 million.
We primarily focus on brands
in these key categories:
Food + Beverage
Beauty + Personal Care
Fashion + Leisure
Household + Pet
We are hyper-selective and only invest in the rare and remarkable few.
Our quality over quantity approach allows us to be the hands-on, focused, engaged and proactive growth partner needed to succeed in today's marketplace.
We are creating a new kind of investor relationship for emerging cult brands and their founders.
CULT Capital offers a modern, deep and purposeful collaboration that goes well beyond the boardroom. Our proven process breaks down the stereotypes and invisible wall that often exists between investors and brand founder.
Here’s what makes us different.
We help emerging cult brands go big and stay true, like no other.
We have the experience and heart that’s needed to authentically scale brands. We believe in our brand founders and genuinely respect and champion their mission, vision and values.
Say hello to
John M. Kenney
John has been a passionate brand investor since 2000. Before meeting Sarah and starting CULT Capital together in 2014, John was a Partner at TSG Consumer Partners and AEA Investors. Despite his Boston roots (and lingering affection for its sports teams), John and his family have called New York home for 30 years and he loves it and all that it represents.
Sarah A. Woelfel
In co-founding CULT Capital, Sarah combined her zeal for investing with her affection for cult consumer brands. Prior to CULT Capital, Sarah served on the investment team at Audax and as an I-banking analyst at Deutsche Bank. Although she has been living in New York since 2008, her Florida roots will never adjust to the winter.
Alex H. Abraham
Prior to CULT Capital, Alex honed his passion for all things consumer as a consultant with A.T. Kearney focused on growth strategy and operations improvements for some of the world’s most prominent brands. Alex is a Pittsburgh native and Michigan Wolverine who has called New York home since 2014.
Christine L. Holcomb
Spark and curiosity fuels Christine’s ability to discover the best and truest cult-brands. She is the consumer brands are vying to reach, so she easily identifies what makes the consumer tick, and what trends are up-and-coming. Brand obsessed, and innovation hungry, Christine moved from Florida to New York in 2016, and hasn’t looked back since.
Will M. Duda
Prior to CULT Capital, Will developed his admiration for cult brands as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo, working with Consumer and Retail clients across a variety of transactions including M&A, debt, and equity financings. Will was born and raised in Minnesota but has called New York home since 2019.
Robert E. Murray
Bob jumped on board at CULT Capital in 2019 with 8 years of experience in the private capital industry. He is passionate about understanding how things work and integrates this excitement into his handling of the accounting and operations needs of the firm. He resides in the sleepy New Jersey suburbs, but still feels at home in the city that doesn’t sleep.
Amanda G. Baldwin
Amanda has always been a lover of brands. For as long as she can remember, she's been fascinated by their stories, their founders and the building of their businesses. As both an investor and marketer by training, Amanda approaches her work from both angles, loving equally a good spreadsheet and a conversation about the right shade of yellow.