Join us as we learn tips and tricks from Tulsa's venture capital & lending experts! We will hear from Chandler Malone (Atento Capital), Rose Washington (TEDC), William Paiva (OLSF), and others so bring your questions for the Q&A session.
Catch the replay here: https://www.facebook.com/StartupGrindTUL/videos/1086249038437016
Where: VIRTUAL MEETING (https://startupgrind.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErceGhrD8vHdFf-y3UmNbeNzN1gJAtSC4K)
When: Thursday, April 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
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Director of Entrepreneurial Development
Oklahoma Life Science Fund
As a sophomore in college, the entrepreneurship bug bit me and I fell in love. That year, a friend and I launched a successful events company that generated over 6 figures in revenue in 1 year. A year later, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some time at St. Louis based venture capital fund iSelect, learning the ins and outs of the early stage investing space. These experiences early on were quite empowering and in 2017, I founded and served as CEO of The Moves, a software company designed to disrupt the event ticketing space with industry leading transaction fees, text message notifications, and secure private events. After selling The Moves to Atlanta-based Wright Enterprises in July of 2019, I launched a venture studio called Underground Ventures and returned to St. Louis to join the investment team at SixThirty, a cybersecurity and fintech focused corporate-backed venture capital fund. My experiences as both an entrepreneur and investor have given me a level of insight and empathy necessary to assist early stage companies in accomplishing their growth goals and becoming "investment ready".
The Director of Entrepreneurial Development role at Atento is a unique opportunity to fulfill a number of my passions including investing in early stage companies, working with founders, and creating jobs. There are countless venture capital funds, but very few have an explicit economic development focus, which really differentiated Atento for me. The historic Greenwood District's place of prominence as a hub of economic prosperity for African Americans played a significant role in my decision to join the team and I look forward to contributing significantly to the revitalization efforts. I am excited to be a catalyst for Tulsa's emergence as a hub for technology companies and sustainable economic growth. If you are working on a company or just have an idea that you think might have some potential, feel free to reach out at email@example.com.
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.
Rose Washington is the CEO of the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, a small business lender & advocate, a community development partner and a servant leader. Over the last five years, TEDC has provided or located more than $150 million to help nearly 300 small businesses start, expand or sustain. These dollars will impact over 3,500 jobs.
True North Ventures
Alex Lobodiak heads the business development & sales for GeoSafe and owns a boutique consulting company, True North Ventures. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs with their go-to-market and growth strategies.
Alex is also involved as an advisor, mentor, director, or board member for Startup Grind, 36 Degrees North, Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program, Oklahoma Venture Forum, and All Kidz. He earned his MIS degree and an entrepreneurship-focused MBA, both from OU (Boomer!).
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