Meet our Teachers' Innovation Platform team
We take an agile and pioneering approach to help late stage venture companies grow.
Olivia Steedman leads Teachers' Innovation Platform (TIP), which has a global mandate to invest in late-stage venture and growth equity in companies that use technology to disrupt incumbents and create new sectors.
Avid Larizadeh Duggan
Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, and investor for over 20 years. She started her investing career at Accel Partners in 2006 and was a General Partner at GV (Google Ventures) from 2014 to 2018. With a portfolio of over 25 companies, Avid is also an active angel investor in high growth technology companies globally.
Brad Leufkens has significant experience structuring and executing investments globally. In his current role, he leads a variety of strategy, relationship building, investment and leadership activities to support the build of Teachers’ Innovation Platform. Brad was involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 10 years and played a leading role in the investments of several companies including Cubico Sustainable Investments, First Infrastructure Capital, Stem, Inc. and Trillium Storage. Brad currently serves on the boards of BluEarth Renewables, Anbaric Development Partners, and Trillium Storage.
Rick Prostko leads direct investment strategy and execution for Teachers' Innovation Platform (TIP) in North America. Additionally, Rick is responsible for supporting TIP’s global investment strategy and collaboration efforts between TIP’s portfolio and the broader set of asset classes at OTPP.
Kelvin Yu is based in Hong Kong and is part of the senior team leading the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) in the Asia-Pacific region. Kelvin has more than 20 years of extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and investment banking.