About Us

Charting your course to success.

The sextant in the Madeira logo hearkens to navigators of the past, who used it to observe the altitudes of celestial bodies to determine latitude and longitude.

Madeira seeks to assist entrepreneurs and firms who defy the norm. We chart their course toward the execution of their ideas. Ultimately, Madeira guides businesses to determine their “true north” and successfully navigate their business journey.

Occasionally we will assist with bridge or equity financing taking positions where our strategy needs a financial boost.

Our Founder

Stephen Goveia


As the leader of Madeira Ventures LLC, Steve guides and mentors emerging businesses to grow and better implement their cutting-edge ideas. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the global business world as a CEO, entrepreneur, and consultant to businesses. He has twice been a member of teams who developed business plans from concept to billion-dollar enterprises. He was an SVP and CHRO for the private equity firm, Knowledge Universe. His portfolio included Productivity Point, Miavita, LeapFrog, and COO for Affinity Squared the parent of Vistage. His early career was with Coopers & Lybrand’s Venture Capital practice and Levi Strauss & Co.

With his deep and broad expertise, he has successfully started several diverse businesses and restructured companies in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Currently, he is a Board Adviser to the Universal Support Foundation and Board of Director for Meriwest a 2-Billion financial institution. He is also a Board Director of OGGi Inc. a meta meta-verse startup. 

Steve is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Inorbis Technologies, a digital healthcare company and Qathex a medical device startup. His current Board responsibilities are shaped in part by his passion to mentor firms with diverse leadership and to vastly improve the delivery of healthcare on a global scale.

He received his MBA from the University of South Carolina, and is a Harvard GBS Advanced Board certified Corporate Director and he has CPA and Global Practitioner of Human Resources certifications.

Steve is an educator and mentor to students both inside and outside the classroom and is an author of his own curriculum on entrepreneurship, The 86400 Program. Formerly, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dominican University, a lecturer at the College of
Engineering University of California Berkeley, Center for Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Accounting and Ethics, St. Mary’s College of California, Adjunct Professor of Business, Ohlone College, and mentor with the John F. Kennedy University Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership. His research interests include the study of the conative faculty of the mind – as a predictor of entrepreneurship skills. Steve gives some of his best current and former students the opportunity to work on real life emerging businesses developing their strategy.