Venture Capital and its Critical Role in Livestock Production and Animal Health | Kevin Lockett

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About the Guest

Kevin brings nearly 20 years of experience in financing, managing, growing, and investing in early-stage companies.

Kevin brought his operational expertise in managing and growing other organizations to the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) in 2013 as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw all financial, human resource, information technology, and legal aspects of the organization. Kevin’s major focus was on the daily management of the organization’s assets which included real estate, limited partner positions in venture funds, and direct equity positions in early-stage animal health, agriculture, and human health companies. His extensive experience in finance and growing early-stage companies also helped prepare the KBA’s portfolio investment companies for future acquisition.

Prior to joining the KBA, Kevin served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership (UEP) which was a spinout organization of the $2 billion Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The UEP provided high-level management consulting for early to mid-stage companies primarily in the healthcare, aerospace, and automotive industries with annual revenues up to $500 million.

Kevin also serves on the Selection Committee for the Food and Ag Track of InvestMidwest.

Kevin is a Kauffman Fellow, completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at Berkeley, and earned a BS in Accounting and Finance from Kansas State University. Kevin is very active in the civic sector and currently serves on the board of directors for INTRUST bank and the United Way of Greater Kansas City where he also chairs the Finance committee. He recently completed his tenure on the Kansas State University Foundation board of directors where he chaired the finance committee and asset management committee. Kevin was recently selected as the 2015 Kansas City Business Journal CFO of the Year and the 2016 Outstanding Executive of the Year by the Kansas State University Finance Advisory Board.

What can you learn from this episode of Popular Pig?

  • Kevin Lockett’s background and role today
  • Learn about Fulcrum Global Capital
  • How to evaluate technology investments in livestock and animal health industries
  • What to look for in a company that is focused on agtech in the animal health space
  • Why agtech in animal health is so hard
  • What needs to change before agtech can reliably and consistently succeed in the livestock and animal health space
  • Kevin Lockett’s Golden Nugget