In this month’s Doubleshot Newsletter, you will find:
- Builder Highlight: Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit
- Team Highlight: EIR Deborah Moorad accepts new role
- PortCo News
- Cortado News
- Ecosystem News & Events
Builder Highlight: Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit
The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit marks its tenth year bringing together startups and investors and creating a dynamic space for learning diverse insights on company building later this month. As a proud event sponsor, we believe in its mission to expand the knowledge of technology advancement in the Midcontinent. Find more info here.
Deborah Moorad accepts position as CEO
Our very own entrepreneur-in-residence Deborah Moorad has accepted a new role as CEO of CorriXR Therapeutics, an oncology-focused biotherapeutics’ development company focused on overcoming drug resistance. Moorad is a seasoned leader known for successfully integrating science and business strategies. Her achievements extend to managing global teams, overseeing mergers, and advancing glioblastoma therapy from animal studies to clinical trials. Passionate about both science and community, Moorad mentors businesses in product development, supports women in entrepreneurship and serves as a company-appointed mentor at the University of Oklahoma’s MBA program. Read more here.
Boddle Learning’s Edna Martinson featured on Afro Tech
“We built these bottle headed characters and that’s where the name of the company comes from. As kids are learning in the game, they’re collecting knowledge points so their heads are filling up with knowledge, which they can then use to do really cool stuff in their virtual environments and make their virtual worlds better,” Boddle Learning co-founder Edna Martinson shared with Afro Tech. Read more.
Dr. Pinkey Patel showcases Myri Health
Over the course of the past month, Dr. Pinkey Patel took the stage to showcase Myri Health as a distinguished finalist in the Innovation Showcase. Her impassioned mission revolves around enhancing postpartum care and providing invaluable resources to those in need.
J.D., Mike, Nathaniel, Secures Top Spots as 405 Business’s Most Influential Figures
We are delighted to announce that three of our team members, Nathaniel Harding, Mike Moradi and J.D. Baker, have all earned a well-deserved spot on the inaugural issue of 405 Business Magazine’s OKC metro’s most influential business leaders! Congratulations y’all!
Harding speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco
We want to give another shout-out to our Managing Partner Nathaniel Harding and Atento Captial’s CEO Michael Basch for sharing the Midcontinent story at TechCrunch Disrupt, tech’s largest stage! The fully packed breakout stage was a success, reminding everyone of the innovation and progress happening right here America’s Heartland.
Mike Moradi writes for The Oklahoman
“Embracing and leaning into growth is the key to diversifying our economy and creating a stable future for our kids and grandkids,” our general partner Mike Moradi writes for The Oklahoman. Check out his insights here
MidCon Markup Podcast makes its debut
We’re proud to announce our new podcast, the MidCon Markup, uncovering the inspiring stories of our visionary tech entrepreneurs and the investors who believe in them. Check it out on anywhere that podcasts are available and on YouTube:
Our first episode features our managing partner Nathaniel Harding sharing his insights and expertise on raising a venture capital fund, following the firm’s $80M Fund II Close Announcement.
Cortado Ventures begins Final Close for Fund II
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve begun closing our $80M Fund II. This will bring Cortado’s total AUM to over $110M in less than three years, making it one of the largest in the region. This is also a 4x increase for our initial Fund I. This close reflects a maturing startup ecosystem and continues our rapid growth in the #Midcontinent. Read more.
Susan Moring speaks in San Diego
Congratulations to Susan Moring, our Investment Principal, on her recent speaking engagement at the 10th annual Women’s Venture Summit in San Diego, where she joined other innovators from Oklahoma and across the globe, including Kristin Garcia from The Verhe OKC, Jennifer McGrail from Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) and Anita Ly, director of gener8tor’s OKC accelerator.
Ecosystem news & events
InnoTech Oklahoma & Women in Tech Summit
The second Women in Tech Summit at InnoTech Oklahoma, on October 18th at the OKC Convention Center, caters to women in technology and allies. With Leadership and Technology tracks, it offers sessions by local leaders and explores AI, Cybersecurity, Data, and more. The summit fosters development and networking through sessions, tech exhibits, and a concluding happy hour. Register here
Gener8tor applications are still open
Don’t miss out! Take advantage of the chance to participate in the gener8tor OKC investment accelerator, where entrepreneurs can tap into valuable mentoring, coaching, and resources designed to propel your startup to new heights. This is an industry-agnostic and business model-agnostic program that accepts ALL types of startups. Accepted startups receive $100K and 12 weeks of mentorship-driven programming. Application closes in early November. Find more info here.
GEW Kickoff Event and Entrepreneurial Resource Fair
Join our friends at Oklahoma’s Global Entrepreneurship Week Kickoff Event and Entrepreneurial Resource Fair on November 13th from 4-6 p.m. where entrepreneurs will have the ability to network and gain valuable resources for their business. Register here.