WHO WE ARE

BIGR Ventures is a growth equity fund providing value-added, strategic partnership and capital to promising early-stage natural and organic products. Headquartered in Boulder, CO, and boasting 70+ years of combined natural product experience between its founders, BIGR Ventures leverages unparalleled industry relationships and experience to maximize the potential of promising young companies.

PARTNERS

Carole Buyers

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Carole began her career in natural foods over twenty years ago, as an analyst in the then nascent natural foods industry. As one of the first analysts to cover Whole Foods, she has had a front row seat as the story of this now powerful sector has emerged. Carole has worked as a consumer equity analyst on the sell-side with RBC Capital Markets and on the buy-side with The Boston Company. In 2008, Carole left financial services, taking a leadership role in corporate finance and investor relations with Gaiam, Inc. In 2010, Carole was asked to come to Boulder Brands as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations. While there, Carole identified and led the acquisition of 4 companies over her first 3 years which came to represent almost 75% of Boulder Brands sales. Concurrent to this role, Carole served as Managing Director of Boulder Brands Investment Group from 2013 to 2015. Carole’s research and financial background in natural foods, combined with her experience in acquisitions within the industry make her an integral part of the BIGR team. Carole sits or has sat on the Boards of Temple Turmeric, EPIC and Bonafide Provisions.

Bill Weiland

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

26 years ago, Bill founded Presence Marketing, which has become the largest and most successful independent natural foods broker in the US. Over the course of the last 15 years, Bill has rolled up the strongest regional brokers in the country and today there is no competitor that comes close to the performance of his team. Due to his well-established reputation, Bill is the first call many natural foods companies make when looking for broker representation. As such, Bill’s relationships and industry expertise provide the fund a robust stream of deal flow, as well as innovation insights and industry help to our portfolio companies.

Duane Primozich

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Duane began his career in natural foods over 16 years ago. In that time he has served in management positions for several prominent natural foods companies, including Frontier Natural Products Co-op and WhiteWave. In 2004 Duane co-founded Pixie Mate, a specialty tea business, and from 2007 to 2015 he held several senior management positions for Boulder Brands, ultimately serving as the Executive Vice President of the Balance segment for Boulder Brands, responsible for 3 of the 6 businesses in the portfolio. Concurrent to this, Duane was the Managing Director of the Boulder Brands Investment Group from 2013 to 2015. Duane’s general business management and entrepreneurial experience make him perfectly suited to assist portfolio companies in their business operations, strategic planning and marketing and sales initiatives. Duane currently sits or has sat on the Board of Directors of Suja Juice, EPIC, Temple Turmeric, Primizie, Live Soda, Bonafide Provisions, Rebbl and Thorne Nature Experience, a Boulder-based environmental education non-profit.

PORTFOLIO

Hope Foods

Based in Louisville, CO, Hope Foods is the leading organic hummus brand in the natural foods channel, with best-selling favorites such and Spicy Avocado and Coconut Curry Hummus.

Live Beverages

Based in Austin, TX, LIVE Beverages produces traditional Kombuchas in popular soda flavors and has recently launched the first Sparkling Drinking Vinegar. 

Bonafide Provisions

Based in Carlsbad, CA, Bonafide Provisions produces the #1 frozen organic bone broth in the U.S., using grass-fed beef bones and pasture-rasised chicken bones. 

REBBL

Based in Berkeley, CA, REBBL is a category leading beverage company, curating the Plant Queendom’s most powerful ingredients into the world’s only line of organic and ethically sourced super herb elixirs.

Bobo’s Oat Bars

Since 2003, Bobo’s has baked simple, homemade oat bars in Boulder, CO that bring people home with great satiation, elevated nutrition and unparalleled delicious texture and taste.

PRESS

Successful Industry Veterans Establish Natural Foods Investment Fund

September 7, 2016

Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) proudly announces the closing of their new investment fund, BIGR Ventures, LP, with capital commitments over $55MM. Founded by proven industry veterans Carole Buyers, Duane Primozich, and Bill Weiland, and building off of the success of their former fund…

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BOBO’s Announces $8M Series A Reshape Nutrition Bar and Cereal Bar Categories

March 2, 2017

BOBO’s, the baked-from-the-heart-in-Boulder oat bar brand,today announced its first ever capital round, an $8 million Series A investment to help the company continue its mission of reshaping the nutrition bar category. The minority investment, led by Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) also includes…

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