Coronado Ventures Forum is proud to support Startup Weekend Albuquerque, April 25-27, 2014. Join the global startup movement, meet co-founders and transform your ideas into a viable new venture in a fun, intense 54-hour weekend.

 Albuquerque Startup Weekend
Location: Smith Brasher Hall, CNM
Info: http://albuquerque.startupweekend.org
Twitter: @StartupABQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWNewMexico

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered community leaders, and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered out of Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. Startup Weekends consist of weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. 

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday afternoon teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Crowdfunding is easily the most successful new fundraising strategy of the 21st century, but can it move beyond its t-shirts and widgets background to become a serious fundraising vehicle?

There is no denying that crowdfunding is exploding in popularity with global crowdfunding volume doubling every year since 2009 and exceeding $2.7 billion in 2012. Crowdfunding has also shown its heft with the top 5 KickerStarter campaigns having raised a combined $32 million. To talk about current trends and upcoming equity options, CVF is proud to present our keynote speaker, Jonathan Sandlund–founder and editor of TheCrowdCafe.com, a top crowdfunding news aggregation site.

After Jonathan’s talk, CVF has teamed up with MIX Santa Fe to conduct a live crowdfunding event—MIX Starter powered by Coronado Ventures Forum—that will feature representatives from 10 New Mexico-based crowdfunding projects ready to talk about their projects and accept contributions. Unlike most CVF events, there will be no admission cost for the July event; instead, all participants are encouraged to contribute a minimum of $25 towards one or more of the hand-selected projects in attendance.

So please come and join us for an evening of education, participation, and cocktails on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. The keynote address will kick off promptly at 6 pm and we are expecting a larger crowd, so please be early—the networking and banter should be even better than usual. We believe this is the first time that this type of event has been attempted in New Mexico, so please come and help us make it a success.

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With low capital expenditure requirements, quick development timelines and large market opportunities, software start-ups remain a darling in the world of venture capital. With $11 billion invested via venture capital into over 1,500 software deals, 2013 saw the largest investment in the sector since the year 2000, both in terms of dollars and number of deals. The total venture capital dollars invested in the space increased 27% over 2012. The deal flow of software opportunities in New Mexico has picked up with a number of promising companies starting up or expanding.

Our April 2014 Coronado Ventures Forum event will feature a panel of entrepreneurs developing software companies in New Mexico. We will discuss trends in the industry, challenges to software companies specific to New Mexico and how we expect the software industry to change in 2014 and beyond.

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Molly CernicekMolly Cernicek
CEOSportXast 

Molly is founder and CEO of SportXast, a New Mexico company bringing crowdcasting via the smartphone to amateur sports. She started her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory identifying commercialization opportunities in Russian institutes in an effort to reduce nuclear proliferation. She spun out of LANL with a Russian technology and co-founded Volius, a growing telecom company in Moscow.  Prior to SportXast, she worked as a consultant for LabStart, identifying technology with market potential in New Mexico laboratories. She holds a MS in Science & Technology Commercialization (UT Austin), a Masters in International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh), and a BA in Social Sciences (UC Berkeley). She played varsity soccer at Cal and has a US Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License.

Scott MaloneyScott Maloney
CEO, Seed Worthy

Scott is the CEO and Co-Founder of Seed Worthy, an internet tech company focused on providing the fastest, most innovative launch platform for developers through their feature product BowTie.  Prior to Seed Worthy, Scott was VP of Strategy and Operations for @Pay, a mobile payment startup where he led the @Pay Product and Production teams, as well as provided direct leadership for all strategic initiatives.  Before that he was Senior Operations and Strategy Manager for LivingSocial, where he was responsible for leadership of several operational and strategic teams, and a key driver of growth for one of the company’s fastest growing divisions.  As a finance lead to the Emerging Markets Unit at Pfizer, Scott provided business development and financial efforts for nearly $400M in partnerships deals and international operations. Scott is a third generation entrepreneur, sits on the board of several companies, consults for clients around the country, and guest lectures on business strategy and innovation at universities and conferences.

Travis KellermanTravis Kellerman
Co-Founder/CEO, Bandojo 

Travis is the Co-Founder 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 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 development. Current adventures and advisement also include the space of international payments, an active PR and tech business consultancy, and improving the group travel experience with fresh algorithms, software, and talented humans at ComboTrip, a group travel planning startup.

Moderator

Katie Szczepaniak RiceKatie Szczepaniak Rice
Senior Associate and Director of NM office, EPIC Ventures

Katie Szczepaniak Rice is a Senior Associate and head of the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, an early-stage 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 in advanced materials for alternative energy markets. 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 organizations including WESST, NMVCA, the UNM Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Los Alamos National Labs Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she has been selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader. 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. She is based in Albuquerque, NM.

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Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm 
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).

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Healthcare and life sciences occupy more the 18% of the U.S. economy and are a core area of entrepreneurialism and investment. New Mexico has an important history of innovation in the healthcare and life sciences industries, including one of the largest university technology transfer wins ever – the nicotine patch invented at New Mexico Tech in the late 1970s. With the intellectual engines of the national lab system and our research universities, there are many opportunities in this industry for both innovators and investors.

However, understanding how to find and commercialize on these opportunities is challenging as information is non-centralized, uncoordinated, and not especially visible. So come and join CVF as we shed light on this under-represented part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State. We are honored to feature Stuart Rose, Founder of The BioScience Center in Albuquerque, for a keynote address, then we will open things up for a dynamic panel discussion including leaders of New Mexican healthcare and life sciences companies. Each of our panelists will be asked to explore the opportunities and challenges of the industry and operating within the New Mexican ecosystem. Audience participation will be encouraged through an interactive question and answer session.

Featured Speaker

Stuart RoseStuart Rose
Founder of The BioScience Center 

Stuart Rose is a Ph.D. Chemist by training and an evangelist for entrepreneur-ism at heart. Even in the corporate world, where he held numerous executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, he was always a maverick. Stu has lived and worked outside the USA (from Puerto Rico to Moscow) and built companies throughout Europe and Asia, including in China and India. After departing big Pharma, he became involved in a number of turnarounds and startups. In 2008, he purchased a failing Albuquerque company, rebranded and turned it around as Oso Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing and handed it over to the next generation of management, all within 3 1/2 years. Last year, he purchased a vacant Albuquerque building and created the highly successful BioScience Center, New Mexico’s first privately-funded, for profit business incubator. He will talk about how he thinks NM can turn around its economy by becoming a haven for startups and small businesses.

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Lori UphamLori Upham
Owner, Upham BioConsulting

Upham BioConsulting provides strategic, marketing, and financial services to start up biotechnology companies. Loraine is a co-inventor of a novel diabetes treatment and a co-founder of CureDM, the company that licensed the drug in a $335M deal with Sanofi-Aventis in 2010. As founding CEO of CureDM, she successfully obtained start up financing and engineered partnerships to conduct basic research and establish the proof of concept. Her 28 year career in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries include four years of cloning and expression research in the Molecular Genetics Research Department at Eli Lilly and Company. Subsequent to Lilly, Lori joined Merck and Co. and then ventured into the realm of smaller companies both in the device and biotechnology areas, including a decade in nuclear and fluorescence detection instrumentation and assay development at Packard BioScience (now Perkin Elmer), and two years in process and business development at Prolexys Pharmaceuticals. Lori holds a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Bob CurtisBob Curtis
President and CEO, Respira Therapeutics

Bob has 35+ years of medical technology company operating experience, with 25+ years at the CEO level, having raised and invested $195+ million in VC and corporate transactions and served as CEO of eleven medical technology-driven start-ups in multiple specialty markets ranging from seed-stage venture backed start-ups to turnarounds. Eight of these companies had subsequent liquidity events for investors. Before Respira, Bob served as President and CEO of MyoScience. Prior to MyoScience, Bob served as Principal of Robert Curtis Associates and as CEO of Medtech Ventures, a VC incubator. Bob has also served as CEO of multiple medical technology firms: Avasca Medical, CardiacMD/AorTx, HemoSense, Artemis Medical, Norborn/Revascular Therapeutics, Eunoe, Urosystems, Autogenics/Arbor Surgical, and Aerogen. Bob holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical/Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. He is the inventor of multiple successful medical device products and holds eleven U.S. and foreign patents.

Wendy SwedickWendy Swedick
CFO, Exagen Diagnostics

Wendy Swedick is CFO for Exagen Diagnostics. Wendy has over 20 years of executive finance experience providing leadership in both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations. She was part of the senior management team at Media One Group, a $3 billion telecommunications company, which was successfully sold to AT&T for $44 billion. Wendy is currently a senior mentor for the New Directions Institute and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Business Administration & Accounting from the University of New Mexico and the Leadership New Mexico program.

Moderator

Matt CullerMatt Culler
VP of Finance & Operations , xF Technologies

xF Technologies is a biofuels start up based in Albuquerque. Matt joined xF Technologies from Sun Mountain Capital, a venture capital firm. At Sun Mountain, Matt was a Principal who’s responsibilities included investment sourcing and management as well as valuations and reporting. Prior to Sun Mountain, Matt worked for Bank of America’s investment banking business. At BofA, Matt was an Analyst in the Private Equity Placements Group and part of a team responsible for deal sourcing and execution. Matt has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm 
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).

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CVF is proud to support the three Startup Weekend events to be held in New Mexico during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The events are “Four Corners Startup Weekend” (Farmington), “Las Cruces Startup Weekend” and the World’s first teen-focused Startup Weekend to be held in Albuquerque, “Teen Albuquerque Startup Weekend.”

These events, which come on the heels of the Santa Fe (March 2013) and Albuquerque (June 2013) Startup Weekends, represent a significant increase in the entrepreneurial activity in New Mexico. In addition to the core focus of the weekends, the startup weekends are a great way to foster, encourage and spread the entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, organizers from each of the three events participated in the Albuquerque Startup Weekend and decided to organize an event for their specific market.

Please support these fantastic events!

Teen Albuquerque Startup Weekend (Albuquerque)
Location: WESST Enterprise Center

Info: http://teenalbuquerque.startupweekend.org
Registration: http://teenstartupweekend.eventbrite.com 
Twitter: @swteenabq #swteen

Four Corners Startup Weekend (Farmington)

Location: Quality Center for Business

Info: http://fourcorners.startupweekend.org

Registration:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8004396365

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourcornersstartupweekend

Las Cruces Startup Weekend (Las Cruces)
Location: Las Cruces

Info:  http://lascruces.startupweekend.org

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7759844905#

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWLasCruces

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWLasCruces #SWLC

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered community leaders, and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered out of Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. Startup Weekends consist of weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday afternoon teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

About Global Startup Battle

Each year Startup Weekend celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with a special contest for Startup Weekend winners worldwide.  More about prizes here.

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Coronado Ventures Forum hosts its premiere event on “The State of Venture Capital in New Mexico” in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel on October 17th.

This year, we are delighted to have Brian Birk, Managing Director at Sun Mountain Capital, return to provide introductory remarks from his insider’s view of the evolving venture capital and early stage funding landscape in the State. Brian will then join a panel of prominent venture capitalists active in New Mexico. The panel will be moderated by CVF’s Todd Hand.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor or just interested in the venture capital investment landscape in New Mexico, expect a lively discussion of venture investment trends, what is and isn’t working in New Mexico-based start-ups, and the impact of the return of the State Investment Council investing in venture funds active in New Mexico.

This is CVF’s signature event of the year and provides a terrific networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and others in the entrepreneurial community. The event will very likely sell out, so get your tickets early!

SPEAKER/PANELIST

Brian BirkBrian Birk
Managing Director, 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.

PANELISTS

Dave BlivinDave Blivin
Founder, Managing Partner, Cottonwood Technology Funds

Dave Blivin is a founder and managing partner of Cottonwood Technology Funds (CTF). CTF is a seed and early-stage technology commercialization fund with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. It invests in technology-related (particularly chemistry/material sciences, photonics, biosciences and new energy related) businesses originating throughout the Southwest region generally bordered by Phoenix, Denver and Austin and including the Rio Grande Technology Corridor, running from Los Alamos, New Mexico to McAllen, Texas. This region includes three national laboratories, over a dozen major research universities and major research medical centers. Current investments include Skorpios, FibeRio, xF Technologies (formerly Incitor), Respira, Trilumina, Masterson and Exagen. Dave received his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Chris StoneChris Stone
Managing Director, EPIC Ventures

Chris Stone brings over 29 years of public and private technology company operational and entrepreneurial experience from engineering to executive management. Prior to joining EPIC Ventures as a Managing Director, Chris was CEO of SiCortex, makers of the world’s most energy-efficient high performance Linux computers. Prior to SiCortex, he was CEO of StreamServe (acquired by Open Text), a European-based document management company ($70m revenue). Chris is a director of iovation Software, BrightTag, Adaptive Computing, Ingeo Systems, Dotgo, Cloudveil Mountain Works and an Observer on investments in Joyent, Inc. He serves on philanthropic boards. Chris has a B.S in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire and an AMP/M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

MODERATOR

Todd HandTodd Hand
Managing Partner, TalentBench

Todd is a CVF Board member since 2006, and is the Managing Director of TalentBench, a division of BSG Team Ventures, a Boston-based executive search firm. Previously, Todd held operating roles as VP of Sales & Marketing at Altela and COO at CleanSwitch Solar. He also raised venture capital financing for an executive search firm where he recruited leaders to drive the success of innovative technology companies. Previously, Todd built management teams for Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies. He moved there from the Yankee Group, the global technology market research firm. Todd has been published as a guest writer for NetworkWorld. He is a graduate of Penn State and attended the Babson MBA program before leaving early to start his own company. He is also a two-time Ironman finisher.

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm 
Venue: Eldorado Hotel
309 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).

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