Serra Ventures, a Champaign, IL-based venture capital firm, added Karin O’Connor as a Venture Partner.
Karin O’Connor is the founder of Chicago-based Perimeter Advisors, an advisory firm that assists owners of promising mid-market companies with planning and execution of value enhancement strategies. She is also an active investor in and advisor to early and growth-stage companies and entrepreneurs.
O’Connor recently joined the faculty of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and teaches the school’s “New Venture Launch” and “Growth Strategy Practicum” courses, and also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Illinois Research Park, where she provides advice, counsel, and training to start-up companies and prospective technology entrepreneurs, including University faculty and students.
From 2011 until 2014, O’Connor served as Managing Director of Hyde Park Angles, Chicago’s largest angel investor network and invested in fifteen early-stage deals.
With this addition, the firm is expanding its presence in the Chicago market where it has nine portfolio companies.
Led by Dennis Beard, Managing Partner, Serra Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies in emerging Midwest technology centers and selected other geographies. Sectors of focus include information technology, devices/instrumentation and agricultural technologies.
Potential portolio startups should have just finished an accelerator program, an I-Corps program or has been through a round of seed funding to establish and prove a strong product-market fit.