The Coronado Ventures Forum will host its annual funding focused event on October 16th at 6 pm at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum.
The event will feature a panel discussion on startup funding options in New Mexico and will include panelists representing venture capital funds, both local and out of state, and other sources of funding for startups.
This is CVF’s signature event of the year and provides a terrific networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and others in the entrepreneurial community.
Kickstart Seed Fund
Dalton initially gained a passion and ability for seed investing as Kickstart’s first associate in 2008. During that time he helped establish Kickstart’s investment process and reputation for outstanding due diligence while supporting several of its initial investments. Dalton has since returned as a partner in the fund.
From 2009 to 2012, Dalton pursued an entrepreneurial opportunity in Latin America and joined two partners to raise $70M for Mexico’s first early-stage venture fund, Alta Ventures Mexico. After closing, he guided the launch of the fund’s seed investment practice.
After helping launch Alta Ventures, Dalton chose to pursue a long-held goal of attaining a world-class graduate degree. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he pursued a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Masters of International Studies (Latin America and Spanish focus) from the Lauder Institute. While there he spent his summer supporting a team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and helped raise $7M to build a clinical data research network that is now under construction. His previous education includes a B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Utah.
ABQid and Verge Fund
Bill is a serial Southwest entrepreneur and founding partner of Verge Fund. Bill started his entrepreneurial career while in college, founding ProLaw Software. ProLaw appeared on the Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing companies in the country three years in a row. Bill and his team sold ProLaw to the West division of Thomson Rueters, where Bill joined the management team and created the West km division.
Joining the founding team at Verge was Bill’s route to return to startups. Verge is a highly motivated venture capital fund that invests in seed-stage, high-growth ventures in the Southwest. Bill focuses on helping founding teams build successful startups. Bill is actively involved in some of the hottest startups in New Mexico, including BoomTime, Exemplify, AttachedApps, Nuvita and SportXast.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Venture Acceleration Fund
Shandra Clow is a Regional Development Executive within the Development Office at the Technology Transfer Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Since beginning with LANL full-time in 2001, she has been a part of a broad range of programs focused on regional economic development and technology transfer. Ms. Clow currently oversees the MBA Summer Internship Program where she recruits MBA students to provide business development expertise to entrepreneurs and LANL inventors. She also oversees the LANL-internal Technology Maturation Fund that provides funding to researchers to further develop technology with commercial potential. Ms. Clow is also a part of the Northern New Mexico Connect Initiative and is the Program Manager for Networking and Education Events. Through this program, she helps create and promote networking events to the entrepreneurial community in New Mexico.
Ms. Clow earned both a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Executive MBA from New Mexico State University. Ms. Clow was recognized in 2010 as one of New Mexico Technology Council’s Women in Technology. She also received a Distinguished Mentor Award from LANL in 2011.
Katie Szczepaniak Rice heads the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, a technology venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in software and technology, and she is on the boards of Lavu Inc., DOTGO and Figaro. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France.
Katie is the president of the Coronado Ventures Forum, and she has advisory and board positions with several industry and community organizations including ABQid, WESST, NMVCA, and the LANL Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she was selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader in 2013.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
New Mexico Angels
Mr. Chavez is the President of the New Mexico Angels, President since 2008, he has been an active angel investor since 2003. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of Phase One Ventures, a start-up fund out of Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of the New Mexico Start Up Factory LLC, a company created to start new companies using technology from NM Angels technology partners. The New Mexico Start Up Factory has created Dynamic Photonics Inc., Ecopesticides International Inc., Aqua Culture Solutions Inc., and exoVita Biosciences Inc. Mr. Chavez also started Zocere Inc., and co-founded Lotus Leaf Coatings Inc.
Previous, Mr. Chavez was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department by New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. During his six year tenure as Tax Secretary he also served as the President of the Federation of Taxation Administrators for one year.
Mr. Chavez received the following degrees from New Mexico State University: Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Art in Economics; Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
Travis is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Bandojo, which seeks to musically empower the disability, education, and general consumer communities through data musification and music creation technology. He worked extensively in the world of politics and organizational startups before joining the early core team of Lavu Inc, a successful ABQ-based startup, and continuing through a high growth phase in many capacities. His past government and political experience varied from campaign management and public policy to non-profit startups and multi-body lobbying on many levels. He has filled a number of executive management roles ranging from corporate strategy and international business development to branding, public relations, and high-level operations.
In addition to an active PR, software, and tech business consultancy, Travis specializes in early stage startup advisement. Current adventures include the space of international payments, solar energy site-mapping and permitting, improving the group travel experience, predictive data technology for congressional policy and lobbying, and smart packages for transportation infrastructure with fresh algorithms, software, and talented humans.
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments);
$25 at the door (cash and check only).
Event Hashtag: #cvfnm