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  • February 22, 2023 2:59 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    Jenae Goodin

    CEO & Founder

    BaB (Big Ass Bag)

    Jenae Goodin is the founder and CEO of Big Ass Bag, which instills confidence in the online shopping experience through a universal shopping bag that allows users to add different items, from different stores, all in one place, a Big Ass Bag. She was inspired in December 2021 when online shopping online for her youngest daughter.

    After owning her own boutique fitness studio and then spending 5 years working in IT alongside the Chief Information Officer, Jenae began working with University STEM students to turn their research into a business. She then had the idea to apply her expertise to solving her own problem and founded her own startup Big Ass Bag.

    Jenae was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but is a native of Oklahoma, and has attended University of Tulsa and University Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, aerial arts, listening to podcasts, and of course, shopping online.

    Bab instills confidence in the online shopping experience through a universal shopping cart that allows users to add different items from different stores, all in one place, in a Big Ass Bag. Those making purchasing decisions can compare products, curate a collection, and save selections when shopping online. Since launch in May 2022, Bab has organically acquired 150 beta downloads.

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  • February 22, 2023 2:55 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    Billy Miller

    Chief Product and Technology Officer

    Accomplished visionary and technology leader with 15+ years in product development, scaling technical teams, and implementing large scale SaaS applications. A results-oriented executive, enthusiastic about improving organizations’ market presence. Endorsed for a democratic leadership style, keen eye for the big picture vision, and the ability to execute. A proven leader with a passion for helping people solve complex problems with software solutions.

    I excel at consulting with senior business leaders to create and refine a technical vision then dissect that with my teams to execute on the vision. I have extensive experience managing multiple large-scale applications and infrastructures, teams of product managers, developers, and IT experts. Over the course of my career, my responsibilities have included formulating, scheduling, assisting and reviewing team members’ progress, creation of product lines, maintenance of multi-million-dollar budgets, implementing complex enhancements, and releasing updated versions of software packages.

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  • February 22, 2023 2:52 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    OVF Chairwoman
    Jennifer McGrail
    Executive Director
    Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology

    Our calendars are soon set to turn to March. Of course, as someone with that last name of McGrail, that quickly reminds me that St. Patrick’s Day is soon around the bend. When I think of this observance, my mind immediately starts to ponder the word luck. For our entrepreneurs and innovators, we often hear them describe successful journeys with this word thrown into the mix. Yet, every time I hear the phrase, I like to say I believe in luck in the manner Thomas Jefferson described it and that is, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

    Our March OVF Power lunch will be full of descriptions of this kind of luck, and you won’t want to miss it. Bobby Rockers with Bison Technologies will join us to describe how they are actively working to build a technology startup ecosystem here in Oklahoma and Jeane Goodin with BaB will tell you how she is disrupting the online shopping industry by simplifying the shopping process. We look forward to seeing you on March 8, 2023.

    Make sure to get your reservation in while seats are still open. Also, please invite anyone you know that might be interested in seeing how local entrepreneurs are creating luck through their hard work building innovation here in Oklahoma.

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  • January 26, 2023 10:57 AM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    2023 OVF Awards

    Save the Date

    May 18th, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Oklahoma History Center

    The OVF Awards are prestigious entrepreneurial recognition that represent the triumph of the Oklahoma entrepreneurial dream and spirit.

    The Oklahoma Venture Forum, as a means of publicly recognizing the achievements of successful Oklahoma businesses, has produced
    the awards since 1989.

    Keynote Speaker

    Mike Beckham, Chief Executive Officer of Simple Modern

    Categories & Participating Sponsors

    Economic Impact 

    Venture of the Year 

    Most Promising New Venture | Presented by
    Oklahoma Business Incubator Association

    Entrepreneurial Champion | Presented by
    Oklahoma Innovative Technology Alliance (OITA)

    Incubator Tenant | Presented by
    Oklahoma Business Incubator Association

    Reserve Your Seat

  • January 26, 2023 10:54 AM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    Cara Evans

    Director | AXIS

    Francis Tuttle Technology Centers

    Cara Jane Evans has a long standing career in the Oklahoma CareerTech system where she currently serves as the Director of AXIS, the business incubator powered by Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Formerly she was at Autry Technology Center specializing in innovation, economic development, business consulting, and entrepreneurship. She has taught business and technology courses at several other technology centers and junior colleges. In the private equity and Oklahoma startup ecosystem, she remotely manages deal flow for EncompassFSI/Private Partners Opportunity Fund which has participated and invested in companies in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

    Cara holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has held leadership roles in professional organizations like the Oklahoma Business Incubator Association, SMPS and Main Street. She currently is involved with the Oklahoma Academy, OKPACE, Oklahoma Venture Forum, and the Oklahoma Venture Advisory Council.

    She is a business coach and graphic facilitator in addition to having started and operated several ventures of her own. Her areas of expertise include marketing, innovative processes, strategic planning and the business model canvas. Prior to her roles in CareerTech, Cara worked in construction management and sustainability.

  • January 26, 2023 10:16 AM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    February Pitch Presenter

    Rian Libich,  Stable Pay

    Stable Pay is a crypto payment processor that offers a solution to the cannabis industry looking for a simple way to conduct everyday business.

    Stable Pay is a disruptive and innovative technology company based on point of sale and inventory management systems. Crypto and cloud-based accounting and storage make Stable Pay unique. The result is a level of stability and flexibility for traditional business, as well as stigmatized ones, such as the cannabis industry. During this time, we will focus on the cannabis and cannabis related industries. These industries are prime for this product as there is no other product that is as user friendly, directly made for, and as efficient as our product in its conceptual state. In a stigmatized or criminalized state, now is the ideal time for disruptions and innovations in the Point-of-Sale and inventory management segments. This software will ensure that information is properly tracked and accurately recorded.

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  • January 26, 2023 10:06 AM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    February Panel Participant

    Jeff Seymour | Building Back a Better Oklahoma

    Written by Dennis Spielman

    Oklahoma City has a rich history in the bioscience industry and economy, dating back to organizations such as the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). To further develop the bioscience sector in the state, a group of partners, including the Oklahoma City Chamber, came together to explore the possibility of creating a bioscience corridor between Norman, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater. However, over time, the organization recognized the need to reexamine its model and focus on external storytelling and local support.

    As part of this process, the organization brought in local expert Gene Hopper of Mettise to conduct a grassroots analysis of bioscience opportunities in Oklahoma. This analysis coincided with the launch of the Economic Development Administration's Build Back Better program, which aims to fund projects expanding capacity and addressing domestic challenges in various industries.

    “Through a collaboration of many, many community partners, including the innovation district, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Echo Investment Capital, I mean so many partners, I'm not going to give you all of them, but so many partners, Stephenson Cancer Center, really conceptualized eight projects we thought would sort of lend themselves to expanding the bioscience capacity of the region but also meeting some domestic challenges that we saw inhibiting Oklahoma's growth and the nation's growth in this space,” said Jeff Seymour, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

    Jeff Seymour has been working in economic development since 2006. He started out studying business at a junior college in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and had the opportunity to intern at the Blackwell Chamber, where he discovered his passion for economic development and community engagement. He has held several economic development positions, including his current role as a leader of the Oklahoma City Chamber, where he leads business recruitment, helps existing businesses grow and be sustainable, and leads research on retail recruitment, aerospace support, and innovation. Seymour is particularly passionate about the work he does in innovation and inclusive economic development.

    The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is a unique organization that serves as an economic and community development leader. They go beyond the traditional role of a Chamber of Commerce and focus on economic development leadership, community development leadership, and overall community enhancement. They are an umbrella organization with various functional areas such as economic development, government relations, marketing and events, education, convention and visitors bureau, and criminal justice.

    “We do a lot of things that really says, ‘What does the landscape of Oklahoma City look like today?’” said Seymour. “Where can we and should we exert influence with the power of our memberships and our investors in our community partnerships? And how can we make Central Oklahoma better?’”

    As the analysis for OKBio was concluding, the EDA Build Back Better regional challenge grants had come online. Their grant proposal was successful, and the group was awarded one of 60 phase-one grants out of 529 applicants. This grant has allowed them to examine several projects further and determine which ones should move forward to phase two. The grant's focus is primarily on capacity building in the region, aiming to promote growth in the bioscience industry.

    “Four are in partnership with the University of Oklahoma,” Seymour summarized. “Those are bio startup programs, reaching deep into the community to find new founders and ideas, bringing those to market. Bioprocessing core facility, which is a partnership with the OU Engineering department to produce both a stronger talent pipeline, but also a stronger partnership between industry and the university to bring IP to the market. Center for Development Therapeutics and a clinical trial center. Those are two projects at Stephenson Cancer Center. And then a bioscience workforce, biopharmaceutical workforce training center in partnership with the innovation district that will be housed inside Innovation Hall.”

    Jennifer Hankins will join Seymour from Tulsa in a panel discussion on the Build Back Better grants. Jennifer Hankins serves as Chief of Strategic Partnerships for Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL). She joined the team in January 2020 and brought with her nearly ten years of direct economic development experience. Working to convene myriad stakeholders across multiple industries, she is responsible for helping shape TIL’s strategic direction, organization, mission, investments and, in particular, is responsible for securing and managing its cross-sector partnerships with corporations, philanthropies, and other entities. 

    “I think what I'm hoping to share is that A, give a little bit more of a sneak peek behind-the-scenes on what's embedded in this Build Back Better grant,” said Seymour. “What I think we're trying to do right now is continue to foster opportunities for partnership. One of the things that has been really prevalent in our conversations around the bioscience industry is that so much of the IP and patent creation that's occurred has been on the research side. It's at the research institution's side. And we really want to continue to use this as a catalyst to foster private sector partnerships.”

    The panel discussion for Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch members will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. The event will be held at The Venue at Crew in Downtown Oklahoma City from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and will be open to members and guests both in-person and virtually via ZOOM. Seymour said OVF is one of the vehicles for us to build community and share ideas to see and get a peek behind the tent on what's going on in the economy.

    “Everything we all do is about community,” said Seymour. “Hopefully to think about some of the things that are coming at us that are next generation. And I think a chance for us to have collaborations among funders and founders to also think about ways that we can deploy capital and support the overall ecosystem.”

    Register here to attend the February 8th OVF Power Lunch

  • December 28, 2022 12:24 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    OVF Chairwoman
    Jennifer McGrail
    Executive Director
    Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology

    As we get ready to pop open the champagne and belt out the lyrics to Ault Lang Syne, I’m sure I am not the only one thinking of what my New Year’s resolution for 2023 will be. For this year, I’ve decided to make the phrase “seize the opportunity” my resolution.

    I know this is incredibly fitting for many of us with the Oklahoma Venture Forum. For our founders, they are working to seize every opportunity and even working to create and find opportunity where none might exist. For our resource providers, you all are the ones working tirelessly to help create opportunities and connect others to them. To our funders, you all are not only working day-in and day-out to identify new opportunities, but you work to provide critical capital so that others can seize their opportunities.

    I would like to invite you all to join me in seizing the opportunities in 2023. You can start your year off right by seizing the opportunity and joining us for the January OVF Power Lunch. During our event, we will hear from Anita Ly, Managing Director of the OKC Gener8tor Accelerator program. Anita will share more on what founders they are looking for and what plans Gener8tor has for OKC. We will also have the chance to hear pitches from Zara Ahmen with Bison Underground and Ryan Skeffington with Cheers!.

    We look forward to seeing you in January and hope that you will take the chance and seize the opportunity to show up and support OVF all year long!

    Kindest Regards,
    Jennifer McGrail
    OVF Chair, 2022-2023
    Register here to attend the January 11th OVF Power Lunch

  • December 28, 2022 12:20 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    Rebekah Stewart

    Business Development Manager | Technical Division

    Fuse3 Solutions

    Here to connect talent and opportunity within the OKC metro job market. Passionate about quality leadership techniques and values personal growth.

    When I'm not out and about connecting with OKC's own, you can find me playing golf or planning my next summer vacation in the mountains.

    Rebekah is a UCO graduate and current Edmond resident with a background in marketing and community relations. She works as the Business Development Manager for the Technical Recruiting division at Fuse3 Solutions, a local talent firm.

    She's passionate about local development and connecting with people in the metropolitan. Rebekah is newly married, so expect a name change soon! Her favorite things include summer in the mountains, a round of golf, and a chilled glass of wine.

    Register here to attend the January 11th OVF Power Lunch

  • December 28, 2022 12:13 PM | Ché Loessberg (Administrator)

    January Pitch Presenters

    Steve Adams, Bison Underground


    Ryan Skeffington, Cheers!

    Bison Underground 

    Farming is a vital part of the global economy, but also a major producer of a large amount of carbon dioxide, adding to the mounting levels in our atmosphere. Our technology takes unusable organic material from farms, like stalks and leaves post-harvest, or cover crops grown during the off season, and turns it into an injectable, nutrient-rich material that is placed deep into farming soils. This limits the addition of new carbon to the atmosphere from surface decomposition and sequesters it into soil long-term. Our idea is unique due to the additional benefits of rapid soil and crop health restoration, improved resiliency of farms against extreme weather events, enhanced crop yields, decreased need for synthetic fertilizers and irrigation, and increased agricultural biodiversity and food security for all.


    Cheers is a mobile app that reduces time spent in line, increases bartender efficiency, and increases revenue for owners and alcohol brands.

    For users we offer a mobile app that allows them to get bar & drink recommendations, order from their phones skipping the lines, and saves them from having to sign wet receipts at the end of the night with digital payments.

    For bar owners we offer a local marketing platform that saves them the cost and headache of posting on social media or hiring a social media manager. By offering sharing tools for their establishment they get user generated marketing content directly linked to their bar and their products. For bartenders we offer time saving solutions. No more waiting on a customer to look at your menu with 100 selections. No more taking cards, swiping cards, checking I.D.’s, and closing tabs. No more printing off receipts, getting them signed, and filing away wet paper.

    For alcohol brands we offer unparalleled access to user insights and on site advertising. We offer partnered alcohol brands the ability to put an ad in front of a customer and have that customer be drinking their product within the next few minutes after clicking on their ad. This data will allow them to more efficiently strategize and roll out ad campaigns from the local level to nationwide.

    Register here to attend the January 11th OVF Power Lunch

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