Please join us for the first Coronado Ventures Forum event of the year! The March 30th event will be hosted at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe , starting at 5:30pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a full bar. This event will focus on the creative entrepreneurial community in New Mexico.  Our panel will feature Vince Kadlubek, co-founder and CEO of Meow Wolf, Alice Loy of Creative Startups, a startup accelerator designed for creatives using creative technologies, and Amanda Solosky, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Rival Theory.  Senior CVF Board Member and accomplished investor/founder, Francine Sommer, will moderate a panel discussion focused on experiences in fundraising, sources of available capital and business model creation for the creative community.

Cool Bonus:  The purchase of your ticket includes admission to Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return.

PANEL

Amanda Solosky

CFO & Co-Founder of Rival Theory

Amanda Solosky is an Albuquerque native, UNM MBA graduate, and frontier technology enthusiast. She is Chief Product Officer of Rival Theory and alongside her co-founder, Bill Klein, has lead their company through the world-class accelerators of Techstars and Rothenberg Ventures. Rival Theory is an Artificial Intelligence company with a vision to transform entertainment through Sentient Digital Actors – interactive characters with human traits like thinking, memory, and emotion. Their first product became the #1 AI Engine in games and entertainment, and is used by over 100,000 studios, content creators, and developers worldwide. Today, Rival Theory is focused on a game-changing breakthrough in Virtual Reality entertainment; an AI platform to enable television and film characters to build meaningful, personalized experiences with users over time. To showcase their technology, Amanda is leading the creative team and producing the first Sentient Digital Actor VR experience.

 

Alice Loy

CEO & Co-Founder of Creative Startups

Alice Loy is a Co-founder of Creative Startups and widely considered a leading authority on entrepreneurship in the creative economy.  Dr. Loy created the Creative Startups Accelerator with a vision for catalyzing high growth company formation in the under-served creative economy.

A sought-after speaker on topics ranging from developing creative economy ecosystems to investing in the creative economy, Alice frequently travels to Europe, Asia, and Latin America to work with entrepreneurs and economic development leaders.  Alice has lived and worked in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and China.  She holds a PhD in Strategic Communication and Entrepreneurship and an MBA.

Vince Kadlubek

CEO and Co-Founder of Meow Wolf

Vince leads a team of 120+ artists in Santa Fe, NM to produce an unprecedented, immersive art experience that will disrupt the art world’s existing paradigm and open the artistic experience to people of all socio-economic backgrounds.  Meow Wolf continues to grow and expand, beyond New Mexico.

Francine Sommer (moderator)

CEO & Founder of Oculus Media Inc.

Francine is a CVF Director since 2006, CEO and founder of Oculus Media Inc., and a strategic advisor to early stage start-ups.
Francine is Special General Partner of Village Ventures. She is a founder of the predecessor to newyorkangels.com and is a past President of the Venture Investors Association of NY.  She was formerly Senior Vice President, Head of the Angel Funds Group, Wit Capital, General Partner, Gabelli Multimedia Partners, Managing Director, First Security Management, President of 655 Associates and Vice President, Research & Science Investors.  She has served on the boards of several non profits including The Lensic Performing Arts Center and Lang College, The New School. Ms. Sommer is a graduate of the Columbia Business School.
 

DETAILS 

Purchase Your Tickets Here 

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 5:30-8 pm
Venue:  Meow Wolf, Chimera space

1352 Rufina Circle Santa Fe, NM
Albuquerque NM 87113
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments);
$25 at the door (cash and check only).
Event Hashtag: #cvfnm

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Please join us for the signature Coronado Ventures Forum fall event. Our panel will consist of experienced in-state and out-of-state venture and angel investors, and we will be joined by the founder and CEO behind a venture backed company that led to one of the most successful New Mexico exits in recent years. The program will focus on the current NM funding landscape as well as what startup founders should think about when seeking to raise capital outside the state.

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PANEL

Mark MarlowMark Marlow
President and Managing Partner, Omphalos Venture Partners, LLC

Mark’s career in finance started in 1991 at Miller, Johnson and Kuehn, a Minneapolis based Investment Banking Firm. In 1995 he joined the newly formed start up company Wam!Net, soon to be a global provider of IT services for the media industry. There he served as Controller and Director of Finance from 1995 to 1997, and Vice President of Finance from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure he helped manage and direct the growth of Wam!Net from a start up company to over $1 billion in government contracts and 450 worldwide employees. He also managed the process of capitalizing Wam!Net’s operations by raising over $700 million dollars in High Yield Bonds, and several Strategic and Private equity placements and the filing for its initial public offering in 2000 with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

In 2003 Mark joined Virtual Radiologic Corporation (NASDAQ: VRAD) as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. During his tenure he managed the companies growth from less than $5.0M in revenue in 2003 to over $100.0 million of annual revenue in 2008 during which time he completed several successful private equity placements, two strategic acquisitions and a successful 100 Million dollar initial public offering led by Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Mark Marlow holds a B.S.B. and M.B.A.  from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has held a N.A.S.D. Series 700 General Securities License. He also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and is a graduate of the  Navy Surface Warfare Division Officers School in Newport, RI in 1987.

Terry DunlayTerry Dunlay
Founder, President and CEO, IntelliCyt Corporation

Terry has a solid track record of leadership in the life sciences with over 25 years of experience in growing innovative technology companies and building value for customers, shareholders, and employees. Previously, he was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Cellomics, a leading provider of automated cellular analysis instruments, assays, and informatics software that was acquired by Fisher Scientific (now part of Thermo Fisher). At Cellomics, he invented and commercialized the company’s industry leading high content screening products. Prior to Cellomics, Terry was founder and CEO of Biological Detection, Inc. a bio-imaging software company and earlier was Vice President of Biological Detection Systems, Inc. a bio-imaging systems, software, and reagents company that was acquired by Amersham (now part of GE Healthcare). Former affiliations include Cytyc Corporation, Lockheed Martin, and PPG Industries. Terry has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and holds numerous patents in the area of cell-based screening instrumentation and informatics.

Brian BirkBrian Birk
Managing Partner, Sun Mountain Capital 

Brian Birk has over 20 years experience as an operating executive and investor. Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused on the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions, in 2006. Since that time Sun Mountain has grown to be one of the largest PE firms in the region, and currently manages direct investment funds and fund of funds vehicles. Prior to forming Sun Mountain Capital, Mr. Birk was a Vice President and Director of Private Equity at Fort Washington Capital Partners where he helped the firm establish and manage a number of private equity direct investment funds, secondary investment funds, and fund of funds programs.

Mr. Birk was a founder or senior executive at several high profile start-ups, including MetaWeb (acquired by Google), Applied Minds and BiosGroup. In addition, Mr. Birk has held a senior manager position at the Boston Consulting Group and finance manager positions at General Electric and GE Capital. Mr. Birk has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS in economics from Carleton College.

Mr. Birk is a Board Member of Sun Mountain Capital portfolio companies Aspen Avionics, American Clay, Exagen Diagnostics, Growstone, Lumidigm Seamless Medical Systems, Agilvax, and Puente Partners. He is very active in investing throughout the region, including serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.

Amanda GianniniAmanda Giannini (moderator)
CFO, Verge Fund

Ms. Giannini has been involved with the Verge Fund since 2007. Giannini, a New Mexico native, has worked within the technology startup community for the last decade in a number of finance roles.  She has worked as Director of Finance, and now Chief Financial Officer, for Verge Fund for 9 years managing the accounting, finance and investor relations functions for the company. Giannini has been involved with the formation and management of five venture capital funds, and has served as interim Controller for two of the Verge portfolio companies, assisting in taking one through acquisition. Her extensive Fund management experience is a unique skill here in New Mexico. She served as founding CFO of ABQid, Inc. until February of 2016, managing the formation of their private equity fund, as well as formation and approval of the 501(c)3 organization.

Giannini’s many years of finance and accounting experience allows her to operate at a Director/CFO level while also maintaining and managing day-to-day finances for both private equity firms as well as venture back startup companies. She has been deeply involved with the New Mexico Tech Council, an organization which encourages technological innovation, entrepreneurship and community within New Mexico. She was chosen as one of New Mexico Business First’s 40 under Forty upcoming business leaders. She completed the Leadership New Mexico’s Connect New Mexico program. She has been an invited guest lecturer on venture capital and private equity for Entrepreneurial Studies classes at both Webster University and the University of New Mexico. Giannini is passionate about the startup community in New Mexico and is excited to be a part of moving the innovation forward as momentum within the community continues grow.

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DETAILS 

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2015
Time: 5:30-8 pm
Venue: The Sandia Resort and Casino
Gold Club 
30 Rainbow Rd 
Albuquerque NM 87113
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments);
$25 at the door (cash and check only).
Event Hashtag: #cvfnm

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Kick off experienceIT Week with Coronado Ventures Forum and the New Mexico Technology Council!

Join Coronado Ventures Forum and the New Mexico Technology Council at the kickoff event for experienceIT

Coronado Ventures Forum New Mexico will help kick off the week with a special event and dinner “launchIT”. Three of New Mexico’s most successful entrepreneur CEO’s will each unveil a new corporate initiative and participate in a panel discussion on how they launched their products or services, acquired funding and continue to operate right here in our beautiful land of enchantment.

We invite you to join us for a private and intimate, three course, plated dinner at Yanni’s. Seating is limited and expected to sell out – purchase your tickets early! Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance (no tickets at the door).

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 5-8 pm
Venue: Yanni’s on Nob Hill
3109 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Hashtag: #LaunchIT

Coronado Ventures Forum (CVF) was founded in 1994 in response to the need to educate investors and entrepreneurs on the process of early-stage, private equity funding, and to provide a gathering point for these two communities to come together and network.

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Join us at Prairie Star for the March 10th Coronado Ventures Forum event focused on the newly formed New Mexico Catalyst Fund! This fund of funds is focused on New Mexico startups and will address the funding needs of fledgling companies by backing funds that support startup companies and leverage other investment funding. Panelists will include a representative of Sun Mountain Capital and other key organizers of the fund who will share their perspective on the potential impact of the fund to the New Mexico startup ecosystem.

The panel will also discuss the nuts and bolts of this new exciting addition to our funding landscape. 

There will be time allotted for Q&A from the audience. If you have a question you would like to submit in advance of the event, please submit it via Twitter to @CVF_NewMexico with the hashtag #CVFCatalyst.

PANELISTS

Brian BirkBrian Birk (moderator)
Managing Partner, Sun Mountain Capital
Brian Birk has over 20 years experience as an operating executive and investor. Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused on the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions, in 2006. Since that time Sun Mountain has grown to be one of the largest PE firms in the region, and currently manages direct investment funds and fund of funds vehicles. Prior to forming Sun Mountain Capital, Mr. Birk was a Vice President and Director of Private Equity at Fort Washington Capital Partners where he helped the firm establish and manage a number of private equity direct investment funds, secondary investment funds, and fund of funds programs.
Mr. Birk was a founder or senior executive at several high profile start-ups, including MetaWeb (acquired by Google), Applied Minds and BiosGroup. In addition, Mr. Birk has held a senior manager position at the Boston Consulting Group and finance manager positions at General Electric and GE Capital. Mr. Birk has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS in economics from Carleton College.
Mr. Birk is a Board Member of Sun Mountain Capital portfolio companies Aspen Avionics, American Clay, Exagen Diagnostics, Growstone, Lumidigm Seamless Medical Systems, Agilvax, and Puente Partners. He is very active in investing throughout the region, including serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association

 

Patricia M. KnightenPatricia M. Knighten
Manager of the Office of Science and Technology, NMEDD
In July 2014, Ms. Knighten joined New Mexico Economic Development Department to reinstate the Office of Science and Technology, the state’s focal point for leveraging the State’s technological strength, determining its commercial advantage, and developing a vibrant technology based industry base. She is responsible for leading and executing initiatives to enable the growth, start-up and relocation of technology-based industries leading to job creation in the state. She brings a unique combination of strategy, management and business development expertise with engineering and emerging technology know-how to establish initiatives, manage programs, and drive growth and profit for premier organizations.
Accomplished at implementing growth strategies and winning bids for extremely complex, technical projects in highly regulated aerospace, energy, security and defense environments. Held management and technical positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Rolls Royce Inc., McDonnell Douglas, and Rockwell International, small businesses and high tech startups.
She holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management, Villanova University; Bachelor of Science in Logistics Management, Weber State University; Engineering study and internships at Wright Patterson AFB, University of Dayton, US Dept. of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University.

John McDermottJohn McDermott
ABQid Board Member
John McDermott is managing principal of McDermott Advisory Services and engages as both an advisor and investor in information technology start-ups and growth phase companies. His current investment and advisory work is focused in Enterprise Software, Cyber Security and information technology intensive Business Process Services. John also serves on the Board of ABQid, New Mexico’s only curriculum driven, seed-funded business accelerator.
In addition to his work in the private sector, John currently chairs the New Mexico Finance Authority, the state’s vehicle for delivering low cost financing to New Mexico communities. With assets of more than $2B and AAA credit rating, the NMFA is viewed as a key resource in state economic development.
Before retuning to New Mexico in 2012, John was Xerox Corporation’s Chief Strategy Officer and head of Corporate Development.  John led corporate strategy, acquisitions and divestitures during this transformational period at Xerox. John’s operational responsibilities also included leadership of Xerox’s information technology organization.
Prior to joining Xerox, John spent nearly 15 years at Marakon Associates, an international management-consulting firm, where he was a partner and led the technology industry practice. He provided Fortune 500 clients in North America, Europe and Asia with support on business strategy, operations improvement and organizational design, primarily in the technology and telecommunications industries.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Hashtag: #CVFCatalyst

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Join us at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum for the October 15th Coronado Ventures Forum event focused on venture capital and startup fundraising. The panelists will include venture capital investors from in and out of State. Several groups within New Mexico are working to increase the access to capital for New Mexico startups, but fundraising outside of the State is a reality for most startup entrepreneurs in New Mexico today. The panelists will discuss venture capital trends, different sources of capital, and what venture capital firms look for when evaluating deals. 

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Panelists

Francine SommerFrancine Sommer, Moderator
Partner, Village Ventures Fund II
Francine is a CVF Director since 2006, and is a Special General Partner of Village Ventures Fund II, responsible for investments in New Mexico. She is a founder of the predecessor to newyorkangels.com and is a past President of the Venture Investors Association of NY. She was during the Giuliani administration on the Board and Executive Committee of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She has served as a board member of NMVCA and was Chairperson of the Board of New Mexico Angels. She also serves on the the Board of Directors of The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. She was formerly Senior Vice President, Head of the Angel Funds Group, Wit Capital, General Partner, Gabelli Multimedia Partners, Managing Director, First Security Management, President of 655 Associates and Vice President, Research & Science Investors. Ms. Sommer is a graduate of the Columbia Business School.

Bert RobertsBert Roberts
Sorenson Capital
Mr. Roberts joined Sorenson Capital in 2011. He is a member of the deal team and focuses his efforts on deal origination and fundraising. Previously, he was a Vice President of Institutional Client Services at Wasatch Advisors. Before Wasatch, Mr. Roberts held senior-level investment banking positions at UBS Warburg, SoundView Technology Group and Montgomery Securities (now BofA Merrill Lynch) concentrating primarily on the technology and real estate sectors. He began his career as a consultant in the real estate advisory group at Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now EY). During his 4 years at Sorenson, Mr. Roberts has been responsible for investments in Health Catalyst, AccessData Group, Workfront, Zarbee’s, Pluralsight, eXperticity and Rural Physician’s Group.

Mr. Roberts received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He is currently a Trustee at the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera and was a board member at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area from 2008-2014.

Nathan MortensenNathan Mortensen
Tallwave Capital
Nathan developed a passion for business while growing up in a small family business. After earning his undergraduate degree in Finance from Arizona State University, Nathan explored corporate America by working at ON Semiconductor, The Boeing Company, First Solar and Celanese, primarily in finance, strategy and commercial roles. He then decided to pivot his career by returning to school and completing an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, he finally experienced the exciting world of startups and venture capital. He served as a director at Cougar Capital, a $2.5M student-run venture capital fund, and also worked at Peterson Partners in Salt Lake City improving investment selection for early stage venture and search fund groups. 

Returning to Arizona to boost its entrepreneurial ecosystem, Nathan joined Tallwave Capital with a strong venture capital network and background in deal sourcing, due diligence and fund strategy. As Principal of the fund, he oversees the sourcing, due diligence, portfolio companies and day-to-day operations of its $13.15 million Tallwave Commercialization Fund I. Closed in October 2014, the fund is concentrating on early-stage software, marketing, advertising and technology companies across a variety of verticals and platforms.

Bill BiceBill Bice
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.

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
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

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New Mexico entrepreneurs now have access to several startup accelerators. Each of the accelerators offers a different experience and curriculum as well as different benefits, and each targets a different set of entrepreneurs. Join us on July 23 at Isotopes Stadium to learn about the accelerator options available here in New Mexico. We will hear from representatives from ABQid, Creative Startups and CNM Ignite as well as entrepreneurs who have participated in some of these programs. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the requirements and benefits and to network with startups who have been through the experience, those running the accelerators as well as investors interested in NM startups. Hope to see you at Isotopes Park!

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Panelists

Yasine ArmstrongYasine Armstrong (moderator)
Director of STEMulus Initiatives, CNM STEMulus Center
Yasine Armstrong currently serves as the Direct of STEMulus Initiatives for the CNM STEMulus Center and runs the IGNITE Community Accelerator, the FUSE Makerspace and other entrepreneurial programs. She has over 10 years of experience in strategic marketing, communications, and company building. Most recently she ran her own marketing and communications consulting firm focused on helping early stage companies accelerate their growth. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Flywheel Ventures where she handled entrepreneur outreach and investment opportunity generation for the firm. She holds a B.S. from Truman State University and an M.S. in Communications from the University of New Mexico.

Kathleen GardenswartzKathleen Gardenswartz
ABQid Marketing and Curriculum Director
Kathleen Gardenswartz has over 20 years experience providing strategic marketing direction to organizations in consumer products, retail, telecommunications, digital media and accelerator programs. Kathleen leads the ABQid marketing and curriculum initiatives for the accelerator program, which is aimed at facilitating the development and funding of local high-growth startups and is part of a larger vision to develop Albuquerque’s startup ecosystem to drive our economy forward. Kathleen has developed an immersive 12-week curriculum built around the Lean Startup methodology and the evolving lessons learned from leading accelerators around the world.

Kathleen and her husband are partners in The Verge Building, an incubator space for technology startups in Albuquerque’s downtown Innovation district, and home to the Verge Fund. Kathleen is co-founder of Surefi.com, a company bringing 21st-century analytics to local shopping locations.

Kathleen earned her B.B.A. in Marketing from UNM’s Anderson School of Management and her A.A. in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design.

Roxanne BlairRoxanne Blair
Director of Programs, Creative Startups
Roxanne Blair is an experienced project manager in the areas of business and community-based economic development. She has worked in Brazil as a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and in economic development with Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer Division. Roxanne a graduate of the Masters in Latin American studies program at the University of New Mexico, studying international management and community and regional planning. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in political science.

Dorian RaderDorian Rader
Senior Associate, Water Program, Village Capital; VP Business Development, New Mexico Angels, Inc.
Dorian Rader is the Senior Associate for the Water Program at Village Capital. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched six high-tech companies and is working with Village Capital to lead the 2015 Water Accelerator Program in Albuquerque, Houston and Fort Collins. With a background in marketing and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable corporate infrastructure. She has worked with the University of New Mexico patent office, is a VP for the New Mexico Angels, is a co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory and owns her own consulting firm, Mc6 & Associates. She has a BA from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies.

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Event Details

Date: July 23, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Isotopes Park
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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