Cortado Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, growth-driven companies defining 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, and the future of work sectors.
General Partners Nathaniel Harding, David Woods and Mike Moradi have built companies or led them as CEOs and leverage their experience to invest in the best, growing early-stage companies.
“We invest in entrepreneurs of early-stage, B2B tech companies within Oklahoma and its surrounding states,” Harding said. “We are building an extensive network within our regional entrepreneurial ecosystem to fund a new age of innovation for Oklahoma’s legacy and emerging sectors.”
“These innovations are transforming industries to enhance the lives of millions of people whether that’s formulating a new insulin technology, 3D math engagement tools for students, digital management tool for the postpartum journey, or making the mortgage lending process feel seamless and so much more.”
According to industry data, Cortado Ventures is performing in the top 10 percent of all VC funds in the nation and is the number one emerging firm in the region and number six overall.
“Oklahoma and the Midcontinent region have made great strides to support startups, attract and retain tech talent in recent years,” Woods said. “Cortado is leveraging the momentum of these efforts to advance the future of our economy and transform everyday lives in the 405, 918 and 580.”
Far outside the “Silicon Bubble,” a growing wave of Oklahoma venture capital firms are accelerating the investment community by employing a kind of “Oklahoma Standard” in assessing startups: prioritizing right-sized valuations and cash flow and investing in companies that bring intrinsic value and change.
“This momentum is promising,” Moradi said. “Venture capital can and will tap into the ingenuity and talent of Oklahoma, unlocking new ways of funding for Oklahoma and Midcontinent businesses and creating a stronger and brighter future for all Oklahomans.”