[Webinar] Meet the VC: Ilse Calderon of OVO Fund

January 14, 2021


Ilse Calderon

OVO Fund

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with Ilse Calderon of OVO Fund on the current investment climate, diversity in VC and more with our partners Chainstarters, Cushman & Wakefield, Fenwick & West, Lighter Capital, PacWest Bank and TriNet.

OVO Fund is a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto. OVO incubates and backs scary early-stage startups. They have invested in over 90 technology startups including Palantir, Wish, RelateIQ, Signifyd, Piazza, Addepar, Rhumbix, Juniper Square, Kiwi Crate, Man Crates, Unify ID and other promising companies.

OVO is investing out of their second fund of $35MM and write early pre-seed checks into exceptional founders with innovative ideas across all capital-efficient sectors. The typical check size is $250k to $500k.

Watch the replay of the event above, or here.

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Cushman & Wakefield

As part of the Technology Practice at Cushman & Wakefield, our team focuses on advising high-growth startups and technology companies. We often meet with clients in the early stage of their development and, as strategic partners, help develop a cost effective and flexible plan to scale real estate operations in NYC, across the country and abroad.

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Fenwick & West

Fenwick is one of the first technology law firms in the world. For over 45 years, we have worked closely with technology and life sciences companies that are changing the world and the investors financing them. We currently represent over 1,000 VC-backed companies, act as primary legal counsel to over 35 VC-backed companies with valuations over $1 billion and have long-standing ties to more than 300 venture capital investors. Our VC-backed clients include many of the world’s most notable private technology companies, for whom the firm has advised in some of the largest venture capital deals in history.

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Lighter Capital

Lighter Capital has revolutionized startup financing by making it easy for entrepreneurs to quickly access up to $3 million in growth capital and working capital with zero dilution.

Lighter has provided over 700 rounds of financing to 400 companies across the U.S. and Canada. Lighter provides a mix of entrepreneur-friendly product offerings—including revenue-based financing (RBF), term loans and lines of credit—to empower early-stage tech startups with the flexibility they need to fund the business at different stages of growth.

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PacWest Bank

Pacific Western Bank is a national financial institution with a community focus. With over $28 billion in assets, we look to create opportunity for every client we serve. Give us your vision and we’ll give you tailored solutions to help you achieve it.

We provide comprehensive community banking, national lending and venture banking services nationwide. We have 70 branches primarily located in California, with one in Denver, Colorado and another in Durham, North Carolina. We also have loan production offices across the country.

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TriNet is a professional employer organization that provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.

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