Where: In person at 36 Degrees North
When: Thursday, October 28, 5:30 - 7:30 PM CST
What is Startup Grind: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections, and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
Kevin Moore is a Partner at Spur Capital Partners where he makes investments in technology and life science venture capital funds. Kevin’s responsibilities include reviewing investment opportunities, meeting with fund managers and limited partners, and participating on the investment committee.
Kevin has over 16 years’ experience in finance having previously worked at i2E as the Director of Angel Investments, the Federal Reserve Bank as a Supervisory Analyst, and an Investment Advisor with Morgan Stanley and Northwestern Mutual in Chicago. Kevin also previously served on the Investment Committee of the Oklahoma Teacher's Retirement System Pension Fund, a $20+ billion fund and currently serves as a board member for the Oklahoma Management Investment Operations Trust. Kevin also self-published a book titled “Starting Your Own Venture Investment Fund: A How to Guide” that has sold thousands of copies around the world.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University, an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and is fluent in Spanish.
About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Month
This month Startup Grind is celebrating DEI month, presented with SVB and supported by Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs. DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 31 days to emphasize the importance of diversity across our global startup ecosystem, and what it means to all of us. We are so excited to take this time to recognize and amplify the voices of leaders in our globally diverse communities, providing a platform for those that may not have been heard previously.
In addition to this event, you can also view Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Month events taking place across our global startup community here or register for our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit here
Spur Capital Partners
Kevin Moore is a Partner at Spur Capital Partners where he makes investments in technology and life science venture capital funds. Kevin’s responsibilities include reviewing investment opportunities, meeting with fund managers and limited partners, and participating on the investment committee. Kevin has over 16 years’ experience in finance having previously worked at i2E as the Director of …
Oklahoma Life Science Fund
Founder & Executive Director
Dr. William D. Paiva is the Manager of the Oklahoma Life Science Fund (OLSF) which is a $30 million early stage health care fund. Dr. Paiva specializes in the identification and management of early-stage health care investment opportunities. Prior to OLSF, he was a partner with Sevin Rosen Funds, a fund with over $2 billion under management, where he invested in health care opportunities at the intersection of traditional technology sectors and healthcare, and ultimately leading their health care practice. In addition, Dr. Paiva was a partner at Chisholm Private Capital Partners, where he managed a $100 million fund focused on healthcare and IT. Over his career, Dr. Paiva’s portfolio companies have raised over $400 million in venture capital funding, closed over $2 billion in corporate co-development funding, and realized exits over $1.5 billion.
In parallel and over the last six years, Dr. Paiva stood up Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) with Cerner CEO and OSU alum, Neal Patterson. The Center is focused on transforming rural and Native America health through the implementation of innovative care delivery and IT solutions. Under Dr. Paiva’s leadership, the innovation Center grew from one person to 30 full time employees and increased the Center’s annual operating budget from $250,000 to $3 million. Within CHSI, there are two groups. One is the Institute for Rural Care Delivery Innovation which focuses on new and innovative care delivery models in rural settings. The other is the Institute for Predictive Medicine which is applying advanced analytics to the largest health care database which includes clinical information for over 63 million patients covering 20 years.
Dr. Paiva previously served as Senior Vice President at PreferUS Health Care, Shanghai, China, where they were deploying spine, orthopedic, and cardiac centers throughout China. He also served as a management consultant for the Life Sciences Industry Group at Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath, later acquired by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he consulted with the top five pharmaceutical companies on product-development and technology-management projects. Dr. Paiva was an investment banking associate at JP Morgan in New York, providing strategic and investment banking advisory services to Fortune 100 healthcare companies.
Dr. Paiva holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Oklahoma; an MBA from Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck School of Business; and completed an international finance program at the London School of Business.
Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, Investor, and Venture Developer. Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, a non-profit venture, and ecosystem development group focused on investor/founder education, innovation hub, and large-scale entrepreneurial initiatives for over 40,000 attendees. She is the Techstars Startup Programs Lead leading programs nationwide and Founding Co-Director of Startup Boost, a global Pre-Accelerator. She served as a Consultant for Backstage Capital, co-producing their multi-city live investment tour and was the Managing Director of the Backstage Capital - Detroit Accelerator, a 4-city, global tech accelerator investing 3 months and $100,000 each in scaling startups for underrepresented founders.
She is a global speaker, judge, and consultant. Past clients have included Fortune 10 corporations, non-profits, school districts, tech accelerators, venture funds, and start-ups. She regularly speaks and consults at corporations & conferences on topics of emerging ecosystems, venture capital, digital innovation, and women in technology.
Her work has been featured in Crains, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and Forbes.
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