Why “Bread”?

We take half baked ideas + prepare them for market.

Why “Ventures”?

Why “Ventures”?

We are invested in every project we take on. Always emotionally, often financially.

Design stokes our Creative Fire.
It’s not enough to have an outstanding idea. You need to stand out.
We are Changemakers.

We are Changemakers.

Supporting social entrepreneurs and their mission.

Our Social Initiatives

Social Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for impact. BREAD invests and supports numerous initiatives and serves on a variety of not for profit advisory boards. Our community of alliances include: Echoing Green, Ashoka, Acumen, One Goal Graduation, SHOFCO, The Glass House, and The Park Avenue Armory.

Our team

Amy Jurkowitz
Amy Jurkowitz
Co-Founder

An entrepreneur at heart with deep experience building brands, an eye for design and a commitment to social innovation. Co-founder of Milkshake, a daily email featuring good finds that give back. Co-founder of MATERIAL, a fashion-inspired activewear line. Serves on various boards across private companies, educational institutions and angel networks.

Mimi Sternlicht
Mimi Sternlicht
Co-Founder

An award-winning copywriter and creative director. Founder of Campus Goose, a concierge service on college campuses. Founder of The Loading Dock, a special events venue.  Mentor and leader in arts education and college persistence programs, with a weekend passion for construction and interior design.

Huei-Tai Chen
Huei-Tai Chen
Designer
Tai hails from Taiwan and received his Masters of Science in Packaging Design from Pratt Institute. His passion for design was peaked when he began his career as a copywriter. He quickly realized graphics could be even more persuasive than words. Tai has worked in design shops in Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, is an award-winning amateur novel writer, and loves getting lost on his skateboard on the streets of Brooklyn.
Abby Brazinski
Abby Brazinski
Designer

A Brooklyn based Graphic Designer from Baltimore, Maryland, Abby is a graduate from Pratt Institute School of Design with a major in Communication Design and a minor in Ceramics and Sustainability. When not throwing pots, Abby throws herself into book design, web design and illustration.

Chris Yih
Chris Yih
Social Media/DP

Chris graduated from Dartmouth College with a double major in History and Middle Eastern studies. As a photographer, writer, and art director, Chris focuses on producing and shooting online content. Previous clients include Treat House, David Yurman, Stuart Weitzman, and Ann Taylor’s LOFT.

Allisan Salazar
Allisan Salazar
Designer

Alli is a New York based multidisciplinary graphic designer. Her education includes studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and The Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands. She specializes in branding and experiential design, with a background in the events industry. She has a passion for human-centered design and a soft spot for social impact work.

Joseph May
Joseph May
Developer

Joseph is a cross-disciplinary creator, coder, strategizer, and builder. He graduated in 2018 from the inaugural class of USC’s Iovine and Young Academy with a degree in Art, Technology, and the Business of Innovation. Joseph was previously a co-founder of Mira, an augmented reality hardware company which Bread Ventures invested in 2017.

Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor
Art Director

Matt Taylor a.k.a. Matt Varnish (or simply “Varnish”) is a Grammy award-winning art director. He has worked with some of the most prominent names and brands in music and entertainment today from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Blizzard Entertainment. His signature work is arresting and he has a passion for the craft beer and cannabis industries.

Lillian Zeng
Lillian Zeng
Design Intern

Lillian is a visual designer currently studying in the USC Iovine & Young Academy. She loves the humanistic values of design and is passionate about community empowerment. Most of her work is in product and graphic design, but she also enjoys installation work and photography on the side.

Betsy Ellison
Betsy Ellison
Financial Officer

Betsy Ellison has been Bread Ventures’ Finance guru since inception. She was a senior manager in one of the big 4 accounting firms, and was a finance executive with Merrill Lynch in both its institutional business and its corporate finance function. Betsy provides analysis for all Bread’s venture opportunities and keeps the check and balances on all the books.

Join Us!

We’re currently looking for a rock star business development manager. We often collaborate with designers, copywriters, animators and illustrators. If you’re interested in working with us, email your CV. We also offer internships to design undergrads and graduates.

Our Clients

WeWork, Spartan, The Granary, Milkshake, Public Square, Brady Miller, Lysee Fashion, 1 Hotels, Maidenform, Roadhouse Brewery, Daily Provisions, YPO, Chelsea Piers, Lydia Fenet, TreatHouse, Stern Center for Human Rights, PointGuard, Mayhew Wines, Robert Graham, Inn Town Suites, Grant Ortho, BCP Securities, Robert Graham, Field & Stream, Napa Valley Reserve, Joe Coffee, The Flats, Linda Hoffman Interiors, Enjoy Services, Grass Roots, Star Hotels