Introducing Doubleshot Newsletter from Cortado Ventures
Moving forward, the monthly updates from Cortado Ventures will be named “Doubleshot Newsletter.” The name derives from the recipe of a cortado drink which consists of two shots of espresso, mixed with equal parts of steamed milk. Similar to the drink, we hope these updates keep you alert with the latest news, investments and happenings in Cortado Ventures’ entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)
We are excited to announce that Cortado Ventures reached the first close of Fund II in less than two months. This month, we are featuring Techlahoma’s 200OK Conference as our Builder Highlight and Hailey Moxley as our Team Highlight. In PortCo News, exciting updates from Recuro Health, Boddle, Exum Instruments and PipeDream. Nathaniel Harding shares about our latest investment in Glycologix. Cortado’s leadership is participating in another VC accelerator, focusing on ethical investing. Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator application closes on May 30th. Finally, join us for the OKC Tech++ mixer on May 26th.
- Cortado Ventures Reaches First Close of Fund II
- Builder Highlight: 200OK Conference
- Team Highlight: Hailey Moxley, Accounting Manager
- PortCo Updates
- Cortado Funds Glycologix
- Cortado Participates in Another VC Accelerator
- Ecosystem Opportunity: Builders + Backers
- Events in the Ecosystem
Cortado Ventures Reaches First Close of Fund II
In less than two months, we raised the first $20 million of our $80 million Fund II, indicating a strong appetite for investment in innovative and solutions-driven technology in Oklahoma and the immediate region. Along with this news, we hosted over 60 founders and funders last week as a part of our second anniversary celebration with a gracious sponsorship from HoganTaylor. Read More Here
Builder Highlight: 200OK Conference
Cortado Ventures is proud to sponsor 200OK, Techlahoma’s annual Web Developer Conference in Tulsa. Focused on the NE Oklahoma and its greater region, 200OK allows for fellow web professionals to connect and hear from some of the best speakers in the country for a day of presentations about leading web tech topics, plus opportunities to join in hacking spaces, break-outs, and group discussions. Register for the event here.
Team Highlight: Hailey Moxley, Accounting Manager
Born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, Hailey Moxley joined Cortado Ventures in March after a five year stint as an investment accountant in her previous role. Hailey brings a broad-based accounting experience in Business Administration, Financial Planning, and Real Estate in her new role. Hailey is supporting our accounting, HR, and fund administration needs as well as serving as a fractional accountant to our portfolio companies who need it. This is a powerful and cost-efficient value add to our portfolio, and another reason that Cortado is special. She is a proud graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.
Recuro Health Awarded as Technology Pioneer
Recuro Health was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Technology Pioneers, a prestigious distinction for innovative companies poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Read More
Teaming Up with AT&T on Boddle’s First Multiplayer AR Game
In collaboration with AT&T 5G, Boddle introduced its first multiplayer AR game nationwide to help K-6 teachers and parents engage their students in learning and combat learning loss in and out of the classroom– all while expanding its user base and growing its impact.
Families with an AT&T 5G device will have access to an exclusive augmented reality mode that places their gamified learning experience in real-world environments. Read More Here
PipeDream Labs Featured on This Week in Startups
PipeDream Labs was recently featured on This Week in Startups podcast, where hosts Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood discuss the latest in business and tech from around the world. In this episode, they discuss why underground delivery is the future and how PipeDream Labs has an opportunity to win the market. Watch Now
Exum Instruments Oversubscribes $1.8M Launch Round
Exum Instruments, a Denver-based company building next generation scientific instruments and software ecosystems, announced the oversubscription of their $1.8 million Launch Round. Read More
Cortado Funds Glycologix
In his latest Medium post, Managing Partner Nathaniel Harding announces Cortado’s latest investment in Glycologix, a startup using glycobiology to develop biopolymers for soft tissue repair. The company recently completed their preclinical work in Oklahoma City with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and have worked extensively with esteemed local urologist Dr. Robert Hurst. Read the full article here.
Cortado Participates in VC Accelerator
Cortado Ventures is honored to participate in the latest cohort of VC Lab Accelerator. The high-quality, selective program focuses equipping managers and general partners of emerging firms with the right tools to raise its first or next fund. The tight-knit global community emphasizes principles of ethical investments through its The Mensarius Oath. Through its rigorous curriculum, Cortado’s leadership is more equipped to make the best and ethical investments.
Ecosystem Opportunity: Builders + Backers
Have you had an idea kicking around in your head for a while? Wishing you could turn it into something real? Now’s your chance! Apply to the Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator: a rapid-pace, 90-day, virtual program w/up to $5K in funding & start your entrepreneurship journey. Application closes May 30th. Learn More Here.
Events in the Ecosystem
OKC Tech ++
Join us for the OKC Tech++ mixer on May 26. With so many new jobs in the area, this event features local businesses that are hiring and speakers focused on compensation and equity. Drinks and snacks are provided. Register Today