Atento Capital is a Tulsa-based investment fund focused on returns, quality job creation, and being helpful. We are an investment firm dedicated to a two-pronged mission: generating excellent risk-adjusted returns and making a lasting economic impact through the stimulation of entrepreneurial activity in the Tulsa community. We are a small team that is incredibly passionate about what we do and the community we call home. At Atento Capital, we wear two different hats. On one hand, we are an early stage investor with a geographic focus in Tulsa, looking to make investments in hard working entrepreneurs and help them build their business here in town. At the same time, we are a venture fund-of-funds (close partner) seeking to invest in a carefully chosen group of fund managers each year. Our portfolio is constructed to provide exposure to the most exciting venture opportunities in New York, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and other high profile markets, funds with sector-specific or geographic expertise, and funds that invest in traditionally underserved corners of the venture market. We are striving to transform Tulsa by focusing on economic development through job creation. By leveraging our relationships with venture capital funds and their portfolio companies, we are uniquely positioned to help entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses in Tulsa. As start-ups grow, we encourage them to consider expanding in Tulsa to take advantage of lower costs and higher standards of living. This allows firms to operate more efficiently while bringing dynamic, high-paying jobs to our community. We are a fund with a single LP, the George Kaiser Family Foundation. This relationship allows us to draw on a deep network of fund managers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and thought leaders who share a similar mission of cultivating a more vibrant and inclusive Tulsa. As such, we are at the center of a coordinated effort to recruit jobs, talent, and new economic opportunities right here at home. We live by the philosophy “doing well by doing good”, and seek to maximize our impact without sacrificing returns. By applying the highest industry standards of rigor to the research, diligence, and investment process, we are able to create tremendous value for our investment partner that will be reinvested in the community through initiatives that are at the heart of our collective mission.
We are setting out to find the up and coming generation of student entrepreneurs who are building the next Google, Facebook, DropBox, Snapchat or Reddit on your campus! Our team will be investing up to $250,000 into student-led teams that we believe have the potential to build successful and impactful companies. Upon graduation, our investment recipients will move to Tulsa to build their companies full time with the active support of the Atento Capital team.
We will need help in our search for the top entrepreneurs on each campus, which is where you will come in. Our University Investment Fellows will be responsible for raising awareness about the opportunity and sourcing the best deals on their campus.
During the Summer, you will go through a Venture Capital 101 course that will teach you the essential fundamentals of early stage investment process. This will include tutorials on how to source and evaluate deals, create financial models, understand valuations, complete market research, and decipher legal documents such as cap tables and term sheets.
From the start of the school year through January, you will be responsible for the sourcing of deal flow from your respective campuses. Each week, you will connect with a member of our Investment Team for 30 minutes to discuss your findings and progress, as well as gain valuable mentorship and career advice.
The month of February will be reserved for evaluating the deals that will be selected for our Tulsa based pitch competition in late March, which will be judged by representatives from some of the top student-focused venture capital funds in the country. If you source a company that advances to the finals, you will be responsible for writing an investment memo for submission to the Atento Capital team. You will receive a template for what should be included in the memo and be provided with guidance from the Atento team in crafting the document.
At the conclusion of the investment program, you will be responsible for helping to find successors on your campus to help us continue the program for the following school year.
All in person events will be socially distant until further notice
- May: Applications for University Investment Fellows close
- June: Fellows are selected and onboarded
- July: Orientation and Weekend Intensive in Tulsa. Start of Venture 101 Program
- August: Weekend Intensive in Tulsa and launch of on campus program
- September – December: On campus deal flow sourcing
- January: Weekend Intensive (first weekend of the month) in Tulsa and investment application deadline
- February: Selection of finalists for March pitch competition
- March: Pitch Competition in Tulsa
- April: Sourcing of next year’s fellows on your campus
- You are heavily involved on campus
- You are highly sociable with a diverse network on campus
- You are interested in venture capital and/or entrepreneurship
- You are comfortable developing relationships with faculty members and student groups
- You have strong analytical thinking skills
$4,000 base + up to $1,000 bonus
University Investment Fellows will receive $500 per month from July through February. Fellows will have the opportunity to earn a $500 bonus in March by sourcing a company that advances to the final pitch competition in April and an additional $500 bonus in April for finding a successor on their campus for the following academic year.
While there is no requirement on either side, there will be opportunities for employment by the Atento Capital team at conclusion of the fellowship. It is our goal at Atento Capital to onboard at least one fellow to our team in a full time capacity.
Varies, but expect 5-10 hours per week, plus 4 weekend intensives in Tulsa.
To apply, please create a profile here. In your video, please explain why you are interested in this opportunity and how you will be able to add value as a University Investment Fellow.