Garnet Heraman | Benefunder
Garnet Heraman
Advisory Board Member
Garnet Heraman

Garnet S. Heraman is an entrepreneur, investor and influencer with 25 years experience in fundraising, venture strategy and brand development. A builder by nature, his focus is forging founder vision into investor value.

An acknowledged startup expert, Mr. Heraman has spoken/judged at events like TechDay, Venture Summit, NYCxDESIGN, CoFounders Lab Pitch Day, Harlem Tech Summit & TiECon. He & his ventures have been featured in, Bloomberg, HuffPost, CNET, Thrillist, WSJ, Institutional Investor, Business Week, Inc., Entrepreneur, Red Herring, Crain’s Business, GMA and Travel+ Leisure.

Mr. Heraman is Investor In Residence at Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, the original MakerBot Smart Lab. He is a founder of Anvil Venture Partners, which provides capital and consulting services for startups to accelerate scaling. Previously, he was a founder of Aegis Investment Partners, which provides mezzanine capital for corporate ventures. 

He is an investor in or board director/advisor of successful startups including: Candy Lab AR, Dynepic, iOKids, MetroButler and Biba Ventures. He also is co-owner of the much-loved lifestyle brand, Karina Dresses.

Earlier, he exited two Web 1.0 ventures: VentureVortex, a startup services platform merged with Aegis; and UVentures, the first vertical exchange for university tech transfer, acquired by UTEK.

He has worked with several non-profits, including TiE New York (, where he was a founding board member from 1999-2001; The CORO Foundation, which chose him for their prestigious Leadership New York Program (2000-1) and;, a technology, art & culture community.