Zach Benfanti

Analyst

Background

Zach was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Prior to joining Stripes, he served as the CEO of a contact-exchange startup, supporting business development alongside the two co-founders. Additionally, Zach has worked as a Research Analyst for CoVenture, an early-stage investment firm that seeks to deliver software in exchange for equity.

Zach is responsible for sourcing and identifying investment opportunities across the branded consumer universe, with a specific focus on food & beverage brands, restaurants and hospitality-driven experiences. Beyond sourcing, he actively provides support to the team through thematic industry research and deal diligence. Among the companies in Stripes’ portfolio, Zach works most closely with Califia Farms, Snooze and Stella & Chewy’s.

Interests

Being from Buffalo, naturally Zach is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan (and is still euphoric about the most recent playoff appearance). Now fully accustomed to NYC, he loves attending as many sporting events as possible, staying on top of Eater’s new restaurant lists, and spending time at boutique coffee shops throughout the city.

Education

B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, Minor in Business, Cornell University