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Patricia (Trish) L. Brasted

President/CEO & Founding Member

Venture Fund Management:

Wichita Technology Ventures, LLC
Managing Member 1999 – Present

Midwest Venture Alliance
Managing Member 1999 – Present

Overview:

Trish Brasted, an entrepreneur and active angel investor, currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Wichita Technology Corporation (WTC).  She is the Managing Member of Wichita Technology Ventures, (WTV), an early-stage technology fund, and is the Managing Member of the Midwest Venture Alliance, a Kansas based angel group, all of which serve high-growth entrepreneurs in the region.

Ms. Brasted has a long history in finance and entrepreneurship and understands the risks entrepreneurs’ face, the courage it takes to start a new venture and the process of growing a successful organization. This passion for young businesses, growth opportunities and helping entrepreneurs succeed has paved the way for many years of success in early stage ventures and investment management.  Under the leadership of Ms. Brasted, the WTC team has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs, invested seed capital dollars in more than 75 technology companies, representing 100 patented technologies in diverse technology areas such as advanced materials, manufacturing technology, biotech, broadband and telecommunications, proprietary engineering services, consumer products, information technology, and software solutions.

Ms. Brasted is a CPA, earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, and her MBA from Baker University. She is a frequent speaker on accessing venture capital and angel investing and serves on the boards of several private technology companies.

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting, Wichita State University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Baker University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Kansas
  • Community Involvement:
  • WSU Alumni Association – President (2006 2007) Immediate Past President Current
  • WSU Alumni Association – Board of Directors (2002 – Present)
  • Wichita Metro Chamber – Board of Directors (2007 – 2009), State Legislative
  • Committee (Present) Chair (2002 – 2003), Chair, Business Growth Committee (2001), Ambassador (1999 – 2000)
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Board of Directors (2002 – 2005)
  • Wichita Downtown Rotary – Member, Reading is Fundamental Program, Membership (2000 – Present)
  • Business Investment Group (BIG) – Member (2001 – Present)
  • Girl Scouts of the Golden Plains Council – Life Member

Community Projects/Activities:

  • Center of Innovation for Biomaterials and Orthopedic Research Planning GroupPeople, Technology & Capital
  • Collaboration partner Kansas IT Study/Software & IT Association of Kansas (SITAKS)
  • Small Business Alliance – Visioneering Wichita
  • Advanced Materials and Medical Devices Hot Team; Kansas Bioscience Iniative
  • WSU Career Network – Mentor (2003, ongoing)
  • State Prosperity Summit – Central Region Facilitator (2003, ongoing)
  • Economic Development Strategic Planning Task Force (2002 – 2003)
  • Mayor’s Economic Response Initiative Task Force (2001 – 2002)
  • Fair Fares Campaign (2002 – 2003)
  • Venture Kids Program – Jabara Foundation, Mentor (2001 – 2003)
  • Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas – Host summer Internship Program (2002 – Present)
  • National Cluster Study with Council on Competitiveness – City Coordinator (2002)
  • Wichita Festivals Inc. – Volunteer (1999 – Present)
  • Professional Affiliations & Honors:
  • National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) – Chairman (2007 – 2010)
  • Board of Directors (2004 2008)
  • Dan Carney Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (2004 – Present)
  • Angel Capital Association (ACA) – Member (2004 – Present)
  • Wichita Chapter, KSCPA – Member (1998 – Present)
  • Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants – Member (1998 – Present)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Member (1998 – Present)
  • National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) – Member (1996 – Present)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) – Member (1996 – Present
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