June 14, 2023
Contact: Meridith Tucker

Cortado Ventures partners with Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Incorporated, to further innovation in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Cortado Ventures’ is pleased to announce an initial investment from the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Foundation, Incorporated into its Fund II as an institutional limited partner (LP). This significant investment will position Oklahoma and the Midcontinent region as a strong innovation leader to advance industry forward.

“Since 1901, Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s mission has been to support students and community, and part of that work is ensuring Oklahoma has the resources and framework for innovative thinkers to thrive,” said Garrett King, SWOSU Foundation, Inc. Executive Director. “This investment will create robust opportunities for our students to succeed here for the long term.”

Cortado Ventures’ Fund II is focused on investing in and working alongside ambitious, growth-driven companies solving today’s real problems. This fund will define a new generation of innovation by leveraging the deep expertise in legacy industries such as energy, logistics, life sciences and future of work to position the Midcontinent for accelerated growth.

“Oklahoma and the Midcontinent region are on the precipice for growth across key legacy industries like aerospace, energy, and life sciences, and Cortado Ventures is poised to help those innovations develop and succeed,”  said Nathaniel Harding, Managing Partner of Cortado Ventures. “Our partnership with Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Incorporated will add robust momentum to our Fund II investment focus, and further development of a more diverse economy.”

About Cortado Ventures
Cortado Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, growth-driven companies, backing a new generation of economic prosperity for Oklahoma and the Midcontinent region. As one of the largest VC funds in Oklahoma, Cortado’s focus is on tech companies bringing innovative solutions to the energy, logistics, life sciences, aerospace and the future of work sectors. For more information, visit

About Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Incorporated

The SWOSU Foundation, Inc. was established in 1977 to promote philanthropy, award scholarships, and distribute funds to support the activities and programs of SWOSU. For more information, please visit