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Anita Ly: Generating Success for Entrepreneurs

I wrote a profile on Anita Ly about Generating Success for Entrepreneurs for the Oklahoma Venture Forum.


As the Managing Director of gener8tor in Oklahoma City, Anita Ly is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed with gener8tor’s national investment accelerator program. Ly started her professional career as a scientist in biotech pharma in California before moving to Oklahoma to attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she became involved with the Oklahoma Catalyst programs as they were looking for someone with a STEM background, who was all about women empowerment, and entrepreneurship. This led to her discovery of her passion for working with founders and telling their stories, leading to her decision to pivot her career to focus on helping founders. After finishing her schooling at OU and working in venture capital at Atento Capital in Tulsa, she joined gener8tor to help support and build a community around founders in Oklahoma City. The gener8tor platform includes more than 75 programs spanning startup accelerators, corporate programming, speaker series, conferences, skills accelerators, and fellowships.

“Most of our startups don’t just go there for funding,” said Anita Ly. “We’re known for the wide breadth network that we can provide to our founders through mentor swarms as well as investors swarms. Our goal is to set them up for success while having a white glove concierge approach.”

Applications for entrepreneurs are open until mid-January, and Ly has been actively recruiting and talking to founders to let people know that gener8tor is in town. Ly said the most rewarding part of working with gener8tor is seeing the successes of several types of founders.

“No founder comes into the program at the exact same stage of development or having the same types of issues, and it’s really exciting to help them pinpoint what they need to focus on in order to hit that next milestone,” said Ly. “Then seeing the excitement on their faces when they are able to finally raise that next round.”

Aside from the Investment Accelerator program, gener8tor offers other product lines that Ly will discuss. They’re not just focused on Oklahoma City but on supporting all of Oklahoma and companies that can give back to the local community. Ly would like to have all Oklahoma Venture Forum members come to learn about gener8tor’s different offerings.

“We are constantly looking for not just investors but mentors,” said Ly. “That could be anyone who works directly with founders, has been a founder, or has a unique set of experiences that might play a good hand with our potential cohort. Everyone can be a mentor, and we really want people to feel like they have something of value to give, and at the same time, there is so much they can learn from mentoring other founders as well.”

Anita Ly will speak to Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch members on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The event will be held at The Venue at Crew in Downtown Oklahoma City from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and will be open to members and guests both in-person and virtually via ZOOM. Ly believes the forum is an excellent place for those that want to be involved in the venture capital world.

“Those that have always been curious about getting involved, this is a great way to have those monthly power lunches and meet really incredible people to learn about what’s going on in the ecosystem and having a network where they can get together with other like-minded individuals,” said Ly.

Jorge Méndez Blake: La casa ques nos inventamos

From the La casa que nos inventamos exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary, this interview features artist Jorge Méndez Blake. The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2023. Admission is always free. More info at okcontemp.org

Watch the other videos I filmed for Oklahoma Contemporary, including interviews with more artists from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Butcher BBQ and GangNam Korean BBQ

The new episode of the food travel series I produce, Take A Bite with Phi, is all about BBQ. Phi travels to Wellston, Oklahoma, to stop at the World-Winning BBQ joint Butcher BBQ Stand along Route 66. Then Phi learns all the tricks about Koren-Style BBQ at GangNam Korean BBQ in Moore.

Our featured non-profit for this episode is the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. During the Regional Food Bank’s Holiday Match, your gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $350,000 through Jan. 15, 2023, thanks to APMEX and the Cresap Family Foundation.

The BBQ grill along with some side dishes at GangNam Korean BBQ in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Creaturealm Preview Tour

Take a preview tour of the immersive art experience by Creaturealm. In this video, hear from Nick Lillard, Co-Director; Lawrence Kincheloe, Electrical Design; Chris McDaniel, Visual Artist; and October Merrill, Visual Artist, about the current status of the build of Creaturealm.

Isa Carrillo: La casa que nos inventamos

From the La casa que nos inventamos exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary, this interview features artist Isa Carrillo. The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2023. Admission is always free. More info at okcontemp.org

Watch the other videos I filmed for Oklahoma Contemporary, including interviews with more artists from Guadalajara, Mexico.

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