Distill Ventures, an independent drinks accelerator, has hired Nicolas Proszenuck to its North American team as a New York-based investment director. He will work with the company’s more than 15 founder-led brands (including Westward single malt whiskey and Seedlip, a non-alcohol distilled spirits brand) well as identify potential new investment opportunities.

“At the crossroads between corporate and venture capital, Distill Ventures is ideally positioned to capture new opportunities in a rapidly evolving industry by supporting founders and enabling brands to scale and realize their full potential,” said Proszenuck in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working closely with a team that has an impressive record of identifying new brands and partnering with founders, through its unique investment and accelerator model, to deliver the next phase of growth across the North American and global portfolio.”

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