Full Name
Sarah Biller
Job Title
Executive Director
Vantage Ventures
Speaker Bio
Sarah Biller is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Educator in the FinTech sector and adjacent industries. She is currently the Executive Director of Vantage Ventures, a collaboration of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University (a Research 1 University), global Technology leaders, Fortune Class companies and Venture Capital firms, focused on providing entrepreneurs in the center of the country a systematic and efficient approach to build world-changing ideas into scalable, investable businesses and access venture capital.
Ms. Biller is also the co-Founder of FinTech Sandbox, a Boston-based not for profit that accelerates the product development cycle of FinTech start-ups globally by providing free access to high quality, diverse datasets, and on the founding team for the Mass Fintech Hub. She is also the co-Founder of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a predictive analytics platform for institution bond investors that integrates natural language processing, Bayesian estimation techniques and machine learning to identify and quantify the impact of nonfinancial factors on near-term credit spreads.
Under her leadership, West Virginia was the fourth state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the creation of a Regulatory FinTech Sandbox, providing FinTech entrepreneurs a partnership-driven approach to building transformative products and services to serve Main Street.
Ms. Biller also designed the first curriculum and taught a graduate level course on the evolution of Financial Technology at Brandeis University. She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Innovation at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division and Head of Innovation Ventures. Prior to joining State Street, Ms. Biller held roles at Fidelity Investments; worked on MCI’s corporate venture team; and launched and led research divisions for Fortune 500 CFO’s and treasurers at the Corporate Executive Board. She has also been a Principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors.
She is an Investor and Board Director at Nashville, TN-based Thread Bank, Rialto Markets, a FINRA-regulated ATS digitizing the securities and automating the fundraising process compliance and regulatory requirements for private companies as well new asset classes such as carbon credits, and KAYLP, a London-based blockchain company digitizing assets for cross-border distribution. Ms. Biller was also an Investor and Board Director prior to their acquisitions for Finomial, a Boston-based technology firm automating the compliance and regulatory requirements for a global set of Hedge Funds, Durham, NC-based subscription economy platform WalletFi, and trading platform for Bitcoin Options, Alt-Options, LLC. She is an active Advisor and mentor as well as the Founding Advisor for MassChallenge’s FinTech Lab initiative.
Sarah was named by American Banker in 2023 as of the 16 Most Influential Women in FinTech, Innovate Finance one of the Top 150 global women leaders in FinTech, Lattice80’s list of Top 100 Women in FinTech in the UK and Hong Kong and NY FinTech Women as a Top 20 inspiration for her commitment to lift-up other women in an industry historically not known for doing so. She was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Davis & Elkins College. Ms. Biller chaired EY’s National selection committee for its Financial Services Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Sarah Biller