At Oklahoma City-based Cortado Ventures, Nathaniel Harding knows that people might not expect the Sooner State to have a budding venture scene. The former founder of Antioch Energy says that he and Cortado co-founders David Woods and Mike Moradi got together in 2019 to pool their entrepreneurial experiences in a bid to help boost venture activity in the underfunded region — and have already seen the area transform. “Almost every week I speak to another person who has moved here to join, to start, or try to start their company,” Harding tells the Midas Touch. Cortado launched last year and ended up raising twice its expected capital in half the time they expected —all during Covid-19.

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