Nicola Kerslake


New Bean Capital

Nicola is the founder of Newbean Capital, a registered investment adviser that manages early stage venture capital mandates, such as, the Battle Born Venture mandate which invests in early stage Nevadan companies on behalf of the US Treasury.  Newbean Capital also has substantial interests in indoor agriculture, owing two business in the space.  Contain Inc. is an alternate finance business dedicated to indoor growers, it partners with leading equipment suppliers to arrange lease finance.  Indoor Ag-Con is the premier event business in the space, focusing on crop-agnostic technology for growing hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems in warehouses, containers and greenhouses.  

Nicola has spent close to 20 years in real assets investments in Europe, Asia and the US. After spending time as a rated equity analyst at ABN Amro Hoare Govett in London, she led a team of equity analysts in Asia, achieving top 3 ratings in independent analyst rankings. In the US, she has managed hedge fund portfolios at a subsidiary of the Monitor Group and managed established private equity and real asset platforms for SEI Investments. Her coverage sectors have included traditional and renewable energy, chemicals, water, agriculture, farmland, and forestland.

She sits on the advisory board of Filament, a VC-backed mesh-networkable low cost microcontroller and software platform that incorporates blockchain to allow users to easily create remote secure WiFi networks.

A graduate with honors of Magdalen College, Oxford, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics, Nicola also holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) qualifications. Her work has been featured in leading financial media, including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.