Our Approach


Entrepreneur Focused


We invest in entrepreneurs with big ideas and a great work ethic. Our investments include high levels of collaboration between entrepreneurs and our team of experienced executives, mentors, innovation and technology experts as well as our in-house entrepreneurs.



Innovation Minded


We invest in companies that want to shake up the status quo with innovative solutions and technologies that address unmet demand in the marketplace. We don’t just invest capital. We provide wisdom that comes from start-up experience, growth and successful exits. Our portfolio companies benefit from this experience, our strategic partnerships and our operational expertise.

Exceptional Partnerships


The key differentiator in venture capital management is quality of deal flow. We have partnered with the region’s premier universities and research organizations to access world class technology transfer opportunities. Our robust partner network combined with our outbound approach creates an outstanding deal flow pipeline.

Investment Strategy

Our mandate is simple – invest in the people who innovate. We prefer companies that demonstrate a passion for execution. We love bootstrapped start-ups that have proven their model and are ready for the next stage of growth.

What we're looking for


Our mandate is simple – invest in the people who innovate. We prefer founder-led companies that demonstrate a great work ethic and have solid management teams. We love bootstrapped start-ups that have proven their model and are ready for the next stage of growth.

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Investment Size


We prefer to participate in early and growth rounds by investing from $500K to $2 million with opportunity for follow-on investments. We place a majority of our capital in Oklahoma and other underserved opportunity areas.
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Sectors


Technology

Healthcare

Energy

Materials

Our Team

Tracy Poole

Tracy Poole is an attorney with over 25 years’ experience in complex commercial transactions, M&A, financing, energy and venture capital disciplines, is the former General Counsel of an energy related hedge fund and former CEO of an independent upstream oil and gas producer. Tracy is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with active and passive investments in the technology, real estate, healthcare, energy and materials markets. As a founder or part of a management team, Tracy has lead capital raising activities resulting in over $700 Million dollars in debt and equity capital sourced from private investors and has orchestrated successful exits fetching returns of 10x or more.

Chris Wright, Ph.D.

Chris is the co-founder, President and CEO of Reliant (www.reliantlive.com). Chris led the development of Reliant's Talent Management software and solutions. Over 1000 companies have utilized one more of Reliant's talent management solutions. Chris works with many Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. His work with these organizations includes working with key C-Level and HR executives to align talent and business strategies, helping define and measure employee engagement, developing effective hiring strategies and integrating talent management technology and processes

Brett Williams

Brett Williams is a Technology Solutions Executive with over 25 years of experience in managing teams, implementing solutions, leading organizations and getting projects and organizations started from the ground up. He is a serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge of turning ideas into products and solutions. Brett has led teams responsible for the creation, sales, marketing, and deployment of technology solutions in the Retail, Energy, Commercial Real Estate, Transportation, Utilities and other vertical markets.

Jim Barsness

A highly accomplished finance executive with more than 10 years of progressive experience across a broad range of industries and company sizes. Prior, Jim was a Vice President at a Dallas-based middle market private equity firm where he focused on sourcing, underwriting and managing investments across the capital structure. He also spent several years at a boutique investment bank and started his career at a Big 4 accounting firm. Jim is a CPA and holds Series 79 and 66 licenses.

Paul Cornell

After starting his career with KPMG, Paul Cornell served SpiritBank for 16 years in various executive roles, including holding company President and Deputy CEO of the bank. Paul recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association. Additionally, he has been active in the American Bankers Association. He also participates in the Oklahoma community serving as current Chairman of the Board of Regents for Tulsa Community College and Governor for the OSU Foundation Board of Governors. Paul is Past Chairman of a number of community, civic, and business organizations, including having served as Chairman of the Tulsa Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and as National Chairman of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

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    Innovation Minded


    We invest in companies that want to shake up the status quo with innovative solutions and technologies that address and unmet demand in the marketplace. We don’t just invest capital, but also the wisdom that comes from start-up experience, growth and successful exits. Our companies benefit from this experience, our strategic partnerships and operational expertise.

    Entrepreneur Focused


    We invest in entrepreneurs with big ideas and a great work ethic. Rooted in the Heartland, we believe in the core values that have shaped our experience and spur innovation. Our investments include high levels of collaboration between entrepreneurs and our team of experienced executives, mentors, innovation and technology experts as well as our in-house entrepreneurs.

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