Novel Growth Partners
Keith is Managing Director and founder at Novel Growth Partners, a firm investing in companies that don’t fit the typical VC model. Prior to Novel, Keith founded Upstart Partners to help connect Midwestern entrepreneurs to early-stage capital and further develop the innovation ecosystem in Kansas City.
Previously, Keith was a Managing Director at Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA), a state-sponsored life sciences venture capital firm in Kansas City. In this role, Keith developed KBA’s investment thesis and led investments in healthcare and animal health.
Prior to joining KBA, Keith held leadership roles in engineering, corporate development, and M&A for Birch Telecom, a telecom startup in Kansas City.
Keith advises several entrepreneurs and is active in the Kansas City startup community. He serves as a TechStars mentor, serves on the selection committees for InvestMidwest and KC Digital Sandbox, and has advised entrepreneurs going through the PIPELINE entrepreneurial fellowship. Keith also serves on the board of the DARTnet Institute.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Keith earned his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Park University.
Keith serves on the Board of Advisors for the Blue Valley CAPS program, a nationally recognized, innovative high school program for high-achieving students. He also volunteers at Heart to Heart International and was named to Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under 40” class for 2014. When not at work, Keith relishes his time with his 12-year old son, Jack.
Keith began his fellowship at KBA under the mentorship of CEO Duane Cantrell, and completed it at Upstart Partners. He is a member of Class 20, and mentored Lisa Feria (Class 22).