Kurt Estes

Managing Director

Kurt Estes has 20 years of transaction experience that includes investing in or creating businesses around innovative technologies.  He has conducted or managed over 50 venture capital transactions covering all stages of a startup’s life, from seed through mezzanine to liquidity events. In addition, Kurt has negotiated a wide variety of deals, including asset buyouts, recapitalizations, spin-outs, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and various debt structures. Kurt is also an engineer, author, inventor, and entrepreneur.

In his current role, Kurt is responsible for leading Sikich Investment Banking’s Technology and Technology Services Practice. Kurt is also responsible for Corporate Development for Sikich as a whole.

Prior to joining Sikich, Kurt spent 12 years at Motorola where he co-founded the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management organization, as well as the internal venture capital program that managed incubation investment programs with over $100 million in net present value. In addition, he executed merger & acquisition integration plans, provided strategic investment analysis, due diligence, and managed relationships between portfolio companies and Motorola businesses.

Kurt is registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a Series 7 General Securities Representative and a Series 79 Investment Banking Representative.

Areas of Expertise

  • Investment Banking


  • M.B.A., Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Securities offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.