Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and New Capital – Nathaniel Harding/ Cortado Ventures

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Nathaniel Harding

A born and bred Oklahoman, Nathaniel is an innovator and market maker who has founded, scaled and sold companies. He is a successful investor in energy, biotech and ag tech. Nathaniel was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Most Admired CEO in Oklahoma by the Journal Record.


Nathaniel Harding is Managing Partner of Cortado Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in growth-driven technology companies. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Nathaniel is a third-generation oilman, who took his family’s legacy and has shifted it to invest in entrepreneurs. Previously, he and his partner exited their energy company for $120M. Nathaniel is a Kauffman Fellow, Venture Partner for Republic, Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, and a Most Admired CEO in Oklahoma and named on the Power List in Finance and Banking by the Journal Record.

He is a decorated Air Force Captain and veteran of Afghanistan, and was technical lead for a joint energy development project in China. The Governor of Oklahoma appointed Nathaniel Chair of the Council on Workforce and Economic Development, and the Oklahoma City Mayor appointed him to oversee $777M in city infrastructure and quality-of-life projects.

He has been a Miss Oklahoma judge, track national champion, Russian orphanage translator, political party National Vice Chairman, and local TV talk show host. Nathaniel previously served as the Board President for John Rex Elementary School. He currently serves as the Founding Board Chair for The Verge OKC, the city’s newly established entrepreneurship hub. He is the proud husband to Amanda and proud father to their three children.

Chair of the Day

Pam Gutel Campbell, APR, Fellow PRSA is the Tenth District outreach director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where she leads the public affairs teams at the three Branches in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha, who are responsible for communications and public outreach across the district. She is located at the Kansas City Fed’s Oklahoma City Branch. Prior to joining the Fed in 2006, she worked at Cox Communications, leading public relations and representing Cox in the community. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor of practice at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Committed to the community, she served as the 2018-2019 president of the Junior League of Oklahoma City and is also a past president of the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition, Public Relations Society of America’s Oklahoma City Chapter and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oklahoma City Chapter. She currently serves as president of the John Rex Charter School PTA and on the boards of Oklahoma City Town Hall and Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33 and Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXIV.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree with a public relations emphasis, also from the Gaylord College at OU. In 2003, she earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from PRSA, and in 2020 was inducted into the PRSA’s College of Fellows.

In 2016, the Oklahoma City Chapter of PRSA recognized her with their highest honor, the Paul E. Dannelley Harmony award. In 2017 and 2018, she was honored by the Journal Record as one of Oklahoma’s 50 Most Influential Women during their annual Women of the Year Awards.

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