Lisa Feria, CEO of Stray Dog Capital, and Thad Langford, a founding partner of Flyover Capital, are among the new Kauffman Fellows who have won two-year scholarships to a Silicon Valley program for venture capital and leadership training.
The two Kansas Citians join Scott Bernstein, principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures in St. Louis, and Victor Gutwein, founder of M25 in Chicago, in the 2017 class of four Kauffman scholarship recipients.
The Kauffman Fellows program, begun by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 1995, is now an independent program based in California. The Kansas City-based foundation has committed $960,000 to the program to award four scholarships a year for each of the next three years.
The two-year scholarships are designed to help Midwest investors in early-stage and high-potential businesses learn more about capital formation. According to the foundation, the Kauffman Fellows program “challenges already-experienced venture investors to be even more self-aware and nimble in their thinking, and to confidently balance analysis with intuition.”
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The foundation said the four new scholars will join about 500 fellows who lead more than 200 venture capital firms representing funds that are investing billions of dollars into start-ups in more than 40 countries.