Dr. Howard “Lee” Mosbacker is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Kobol Fund and Kobol II Fund, a set of private, early-stage, US-based venture capital funds. With their headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and offices in San Francisco and Singapore, Kobol has a global presence and network.
Lee is a proven and highly successful serial technology entrepreneur and investor. He sold his first company in 2001 and went back to school to pursue his doctorate in physics from OSU. He licensed technology from The Ohio State University in 2007 to launch Traycer, the first real-time Terahertz imager for various industry verticals. He later launched and exited FanFund, an artificial intelligence company. The acquisition led to the formation of Caprica AI, a $200mm sports investment firm, where Lee currently serves as founder and CEO. He has founded or co-founded and exited multiple companies, and has directly invested in many more. He is currently the founder of Cyrannus, an online, AI-driven, global stakeholder community ensuring unfettered dynamic access to capital, talent, and expertise for launching and scaling investable businesses. Cyrannus is Lee’s latest effort to create sustainable alternative solutions to the traditional venture capital process that is inefficient and implicitly biased against underrepresented founders. During his academic career, Lee published a dozen articles with over 1,200 citations. Lee has his PhD in Physics from Ohio State and his B.S. (honors) in Physics from Ohio University.
Michael is the fund manager for OGTF and oversees all operations and execution of the fund. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and a recognized thought leader in the Ohio entrepreneur community With a long history of advising, guiding and supporting technology startups in their earliest stages of development, Michael is uniquely qualified to lead OGTF and support its startups.
Michael is also the founder and CEO of
of Prophetech Global, an early-state growth advisory firm supporting small- to medium-sized businesses seeking capital for launch,
growth, and acquisition. Michael is also a Founder and Partner in BioVentures Group (BVG) (Columbus, OH), a boutique venture development studio focused on diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology.
Prior to joining BVG, Michael was the recognized entrepreneur expert and senior faculty at The Ohio State University. He founded and launched the I-Corps@Ohio program, here he trained more than 125 technology startup teams across 15 Ohio academic and non-profit research institutions, and served as its Principal Investigator and Executive Director. Earlier in his tenure at Ohio State, Michael also served as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation in the College of Engineering’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). He also founded and led the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute at the Fisher College of Business. Michael holds a doctorate in strategic management from The Ohio State University, an MBA in business analytics, an MS in organizational design, and a BS in marketing.
Eric is a highly experienced C-Suite executive, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor with more than 20+ years of commercialization and FedTech experience. He is the co-founder of Converge Technologies, a technology commercialization company with a successful history of supporting early-stage technology start-ups. He is the co-founder of Converge Ventures, an Ohio start-up studio committed to developing high-potential start-ups launched around innovation developed at Ohio’s universities and federal laboratories. Prior to founding Converge, he spent several years at Ohio State, supporting commercialization. While there, Eric was lead for the formation and successful launch of over 20 technology focused start-ups. Prior to OSU, was with D&S Consultants, an aerospace and defense commercialization company he joined in 2000. Over the subsequent 12 years, he held positions of increasing responsibility from vice president, and chief operating officer, culminating with three and a half years as the president of the company with annual revenues in excess of $300 million and more than 800 employees. Eric has a BS in computer science (cum laude) and an executive MBA (magna cum laude, salutatorian, and Pace Setter) from The Ohio State University.
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