Karin Oâ€™Connor has been an active investor in early- and growth-stage companies for over twenty years. She currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Kellogg, where she leads the schoolâ€™s growth-stage entrepreneurship initiative and teaches its â€œGrowth Strategy Practicumâ€ course. She is also a Venture Partner at Serra Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm headqurtered in Champaign, IL, and leads the firmâ€™s activities in the Chicago market, including recent investments in Hazel Technologies, BuiltIn, Tank Utility, and Backstitch. She is also active as an advisor to growth-stage companies including Aaron Equipment Company, Morey Corporation, and LumiSource LLC.
From 2011 until 2014, Karin served as Managing Director of Hyde Park Angels, Chicagoâ€™s largest angel investor network. She invested in fifteen companies with the group and served as HPAâ€™s representative on the boards of portfolio companies FeeFighters, which was acquired by Groupon, Inc. in 2012 and Moxie Jean, which was acquired by Schoola in 2015.
Karin received her BA in Finance from the University of Illinois, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MBA from Kellogg, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Karin received a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter in 2007.