VC  Okapi Venture Capital

     Office Locations:

1590 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 10
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-715-5555
Fax: 949-715-5556



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device
  • Semiconductor
  • Software & Internet



    Okapi Venture Capital provides long-term capital and management support to emerging businesses in the information technology and life science sectors. The firm currently manages Okapi Ventures I, LP ($30 million according to published reports), a venture capital fund chartered to invest in seed and early-stage information technology and life science companies in Southern California, with a particular emphasis on Orange County startups. The firm focuses specifically on: Biotech, Diagnostics, Internet, Healthcare IT & Services, Material Science, Medical Device, Semiconductor, Software, and Wireless. Okapi targets capital efficient businesses and will typically invest $500K to $2M (on average) over the life of the company. Okapi will engage in investments less than $250K when appropriate.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    B. Marc Averitt Co-Founder and Managing Director
    Jeff Bocan Partner
    John Waller Partner
    Sharon Stevenson PhD Co-Founder and Managing Director


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):







      Pegasus Solar



      Series A


    Portfolio companies include:

      BioTrace Medical
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      Focal Therapeutics
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      My Damn Channel
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      Obalon Therapeutics
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      Pegasus Solar
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      RF Nano
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      Slingshot Aerospace
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      Transaction Wireless
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