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).

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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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According to Cybercast news, the FBI predicts Cyber-attacks on the nation’s private sector and government networks are expected to “grow exponentially” and will continue to pose a serious threat to privacy, security and the U.S. economy for the foreseeable future. Why should you care about a Cyber Attack? Mark Fidel of  CAaNES will present a case study that goes over the anatomy of a cyber-attack. Mark will then lead a panel featuring companies and experts in the cyber security field in New Mexico to discuss the trends of the industry and how this affects startup companies.

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PANELISTS

Mark FidelMark Fidel
President, CAaNES

Mark Fidel, one of CAaNES’ owners, currently serves as its President and is an attorney licensed to practice in New Mexico. Mark is a former litigator who founded Applied Records Management in 2004. ARM is a records management and litigation support consulting firm. He worked for the Intel Corporation as a capital analyst in a small manufacturing division, where he worked closely with the engineering staff to develop solutions to manufacturing bottlenecks, and as a senior financial analyst specializing in fixed asset and expense accounting with responsibilities to Intel’s worldwide accounting operations.

Mark was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2002 and became an associate at one of New Mexico’s largest law firms, Modrall Sperling, where he specialized in commercial litigation. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts and Economics degree with a major in Finance from New Mexico State University. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Srinivas MukkamalaSrinivas Mukkamala, Ph.D.
CTO, CAaNES

Dr. Mukkamala is the chief security strategist and chief technology officer of CAaNES and is also a Senior Research Scientist with ICASA (Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis). ICASA is a statutory research division of New Mexico Tech performing work on information technology, information assurance, and analysis and protection of critical infrastructures (as complex interdependent systems). Dr. Mukkamala has over 10 years of experience in Information Security and is one of the lead researchers for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the US). He was a project lead for over 100 Security Posture and Vulnerability Assessments, Incident Response, and Digital Forensics projects in the last 3 years.

Dr. Mukkamala received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Madras, and worked as an intern at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) before obtaining his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech.

Michael SmithMichael Smith
Associate Director and Program Manager, ICASA

Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and is in the process of completing his Program Management Professionals (PMP) certification. Mr. Smith has been the ICASA Program Manager and Technical Task Lead on several projects at ICASA for over six years. Mr. Smith has experience in the modeling and simulation of large-scale critical infrastructures systems, to include electric power (EP) systems, performing programming and scientific analysis in the MatLab environment, mathematical and scientific modeling, including paradigms such as hybrid-dynamical systems modeling.

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EVENT DETAILS

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004

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How does a company position itself for a successful exit? What kind of environment is needed to generate more successful exits in NM? The January Coronado Ventures Forum event will feature New Mexico companies that have successfully executed an exit. They will share their experiences and challenges throughout the exit process. The panel will also feature seasoned M&A advisors who have worked with numerous companies to prepare them for an exit. They will provide their perspective on the timing and the preparation of the acquisition process. 

Read the ABQ Journal article about the event»

Panelists

Paul ButlerPaul W. Butler
COO, Lumidigm Inc.

Mr. Butler joined Lumidigm, a biometric solutions company that spun out of a medical imaging business, in 2006 and became its Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Lumidigm was successfully sold to ASSA ABLOYs HID Global Business unit in February 2014. Mr. Butler recently became the general manager of the HID Global Biometrics Business unit and is responsible for maximizing revenue, growth and profitability of the business. In 2014 he successfully integrated the Lumidigm Business into HID global while driving 62% revenue growth.

Mr. Butler received a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Arizona State University.

Dave DuvalDave Duval
Claiborne Advisors, Inc.

Dave focuses his investment banking practice on Southwestern manufacturing companies that are considering a possible sale. Typically, those transactions need the tight focus of an experienced, Wall Street partner-level investment banker but are too small to receive the proper attention from a major firm. Early in the process, Dave seeks to maximize the value of each client, both through operating improvements and enhancing its perception in the market.

Dave’s New Mexican roots go back to the year he left Wall Street and now include family, Wall Street colleagues, a rowing partner and many friends.

Bill VanDeWegheBill VanDeWeghe
Managing Director, RA Capital Advisors

Bill joined RA Capital in January 2006. Bill heads the firm’s defense industry team developing strategies for clients and executing all facets of M&A transactions and financings. Bill was previously a shareholder with a law firm, Klinedinst PC. During the 15 years that he practiced law, Bill worked with a broad variety of corporations throughout southern California, advising executives and business leaders on numerous issues involving their companies. Bill has a deep understanding of the challenges service providers and manufacturers face relating to contract disputes, product liability issues, partnership conflicts and overall business operations.

Bill is a member of several defense-related industry groups, and is an FINRA-registered securities representative.

MODERATOR

Todd HandTodd Hand
Managing Partner, TalentBench

Todd 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.

Event Details

Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004

Event Sponsor
Claiborne Advisors

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