Welcome to Avik Ventures
I established Avik Ventures in San Francisco in May 2012 upon leaving venture capital backed One Medical Group where I had served for almost 3 years as President of the MSO partnering with the founder to accelerate growth and achieve scale.
Avik was funded with the proceeds of my angel investment in Kiva Systems, which sold in April 2012 to Amazon.com.
For three years, I worked exclusively with entrepreneurs and investors, providing both seed capital and expertise to help early stage companies be more successful . . . faster. Investing and advising was a full time endeavor, during which I made 3-4 investments per year ranging from $10K - $50K each.
In June 2015, I took a new full time role as Chief Operating Officer for The Plant | Cafe Organic, a Bay Area restaurant and cafe business serving delicious healthy local organic food.
I possess keen interest in food and nutrition and how healthcare and the food industry can partner to reverse the US obesity and diabetes trend rates. I have an interest in healthcare solutions that use technology to improve patient access, to lower the cost of care, and to provide more personalized experiences, better engagement, and self care with a goal towards improved health and wellness. As a country, we need to move beyond "sick care" to true "health care".
If you are building a business that has the potential to significantly impact health behaviors and outcomes, I would like to hear from you. My long term mission is to leverage my experience and connections to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams to improve the health of Americans.
PLEASE NOTE: As a result of my full time role, I have had to pare back my advisory and consulting work with entrepeneurs in whose companies I have not invested.
- Sharon Knight