Kauffman Foundation Announces Mid-Continent Venture Capital Scholarship Recipients

Kauffman Foundation Announces Mid-Continent Venture Capital Scholarship Recipients

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Fellows announce the 2017 recipients of the Kauffman Foundation Mid-Continent Scholarships. Four Midwest investors are joining Kauffman Fellows, the highly sought-after, two-year venture capital and leadership program based in Silicon Valley. The goal of the scholarships is to enhance capital-formation expertise across the Midwestern United States and support Kansas City as a regional hub for investor networks.

“This is great news for entrepreneurs in the Midwest. The quality of the investors who applied for the Kauffman Foundation scholarship is amazing,” said Jeff Harbach, Kauffman Fellows CEO. ‘The four recipients will have a huge impact on their local and regional ecosystems. We’re very excited to welcome the heartland Fellows to the new class.”

2017 Kauffman Foundation Mid-Continent Scholarship Recipients:

Lisa Feria (Kansas City, Missouri) – CEO of Stray Dog Capital, a venture firm investing in early-stage, mission-driven companies that aim to take animals out of the supply chain with innovative products and services.

Thad Langford (Kansas City, Missouri) – One of the founding partners of Flyover Capital, where he is focused on fulfilling the firm’s mission of creating the next generation of tech success stories in areas beyond the usual tech hubs.

Scott Bernstein (St. Louis, Missouri) – Founder of Lewis & Clark Ventures, St. Louis’s first $100M+ venture fund focusing on high-potential investment opportunities throughout the Midwest.

Victor Gutwein (Chicago, Illinois) – Founder of M25, an early-stage micro-VC fund whose aim is to fill a gap in funding early-stage tech startups in the Midwest.

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