BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front)

We invested in two startups, Apricot Technologies and Fluid Efficiency, while three of our portfolio companies, Watkins-Conti, PatchRx, and Drov Technologies made news with major announcements. This month’s highlights for portco and ecosystem builders spotlight Lumata Health and Startup Colorado. We also welcomed five Cortaditos to the team this summer! The end of June brings our quarterly Founder Hour event with a pickleball tournament at Prairie Artisan Ales. We also have 7 new portco job openings and numerous networking events to engage with the Oklahoma City ecosystem.


Newsletter Elements

  • Cortado News
    • New Investments
    • Summer Interns
    • Upcoming Founder Hour
  • Portco News
    • Portco Highlight: Lumata Health
    • Portcos In The News
    • Portco Jobs
  • Ecosystem News & Events
    • Builder Highlight: Startup Colorado
    • Upcoming Events

Cortado News

New Investments

Cortado Invests in Apricot Technologies

Cortado Ventures is glad to announce our latest investment in Apricot Technologies. This pioneering home health company leverages generative AI technology to handle the heavy lifting of documentation, allowing your team of home health nurses to focus on delivering outstanding patient care. We are proud to be lead investors backing this incredible company. Read more about our investment with Apricot Technologies by clicking here.

Cortado Invests in Fluid Efficiency

Cortado Ventures proudly announces our new investment in Fluid Efficiency, a company that provides reliable and cost-effective solutions by using MegaSupraMolecules (MSMs) to improve the flow of fluids in pipelines. We are proud to partner with lead investor, EIC Rose Rock, in backing this incredible startup. Read more about our investment with Fluid Efficiency.

Welcome our 2024 Summer Cortaditos

We are excited to announce that five talented Cortaditos are joining the Cortado Ventures family this summer as interns! We welcome Lizzy Duncan, Martha Tsaliki, Grant Millsap, Kingsley Uzogor, and Selena Simmons! Join us in giving them a warm welcome and wishing them an incredible and productive summer!

Founder Hour

Join Cortado Ventures for our quarterly Founder Hour event for an afternoon of mingling and pickleball! Guests have the option to participate in a doubles pickleball tournament of which they can sign up at the event.

Enjoy an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Attire is athleisure. Register now!


Portco News 

Portco Highlight: Lumata Health

Lumata Health - Current Openings

Lumata Health, founded by Dr. Steve Fransen, is a company dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness. With Dr. Fransen’s 30 years of experience as a retina specialist at its core, Lumata leverages the expertise of leaders in ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, data science, and healthcare services. Supported by a Clinical Advisory Board of 35 ophthalmologists specializing in various areas, Lumata aims to improve health outcomes for those with vision-threatening conditions like diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Watkins-Conti Gains FDA Approval!


Watkins-Conti Products Inc. has achieved a major milestone with FDA approval for Yōni.Fit! This revolutionary medical device helps to manage urine leakage in women 18 years and older. Allison Watkins, the visionary founder and CEO, began this journey in 2016 with a mission to develop alternative treatments to surgery. This product fulfills that vision. Read more on this exceptional news! 

PatchRx Partners with Harris Healthcare

Our portfolio company, PatchRx, announced a new collaboration with Harris Healthcare’s Ersun Health. The two companies have combined efforts to create a solution for care teams looking to close the gap in gaining a holistic view of a patient’s treatment plan. This collaboration will deliver crucial insights into a patient’s receptiveness to prescribed therapy and medication-taking behaviors, ultimately improving their recovery outcomes. Read more here on this exciting news!

Drov Technologies collaborates with ArcBest

Drōv Technologies recently collaborated with ArcBest® LTL carrier ABF Freight System, Inc., one of the nation’s largest and most innovative less-than-truckload carriers. This collaboration paves the way for developing a groundbreaking sustainable trailer solution using Drōv Technologies’ AirBoxOne™, a smart fleet technology that captures and sends multipoint operational data directly from the vehicle to the fleet and the driver. A successful test of real-time in-cab notifications for city trailers was conducted at ABF’s North Little Rock, Arkansas, service center, highlighting the potential of this advanced technology to enhance operational efficiency and safety. Read more on this partnership.

Portco Jobs

Ardley – Senior Software Engineer

Boddle Learning – Senior Software Architect

Recuro Health – Software Engineer

Volt – Business Development Representative

Volt – Head of Finance

Volt – Head of Customer Experience

Volt – Product & Software Engineer

Ecosystem News & Events

Builder Highlight: Startup Colorado


Startup Colorado is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders across 53 rural counties in Colorado. Their mission is to empower anyone to start and scale a business in their local community by providing access to essential resources, including human, social, and financial capital. Read more about Startup Colorado’s mission!

Ecosystem Events