Early-Stage Fundraising Options for Founders in New Mexico – Oct. 18, 2012

August 29, 2012

in Events,Investing

Coronado Ventures Forum will host its premiere annual event in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel. Each year we review the current landscape for startup capital, generally with a strong emphasis on Venture Capital sources and activity. This year, we decided to take a broader view of the issue given that most founders end up funding their startups from a range of sources in this environment.

Join us for a panel discussion of these early-stage fundraising options for founders in New Mexico. Our guest panelists will include viewpoints from traditional venture capital, angels, debt providers, and non-dilutive sources of capital available through national labs and government sources.

This panel will also include the founders’ perspective from a local entrepreneur with direct experience regarding each of these sources of capital. There will also be discussion regarding the potential for equity raises via crowd-funding platforms starting as early as next year due to the recently passed JOBS Act (Washington Post article).

This is the signature event of its kind for the year, a significant networking opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Come meet and talk to investors that are doing deals even in this stark environment – hear what they are thinking and their outlook for 2013 and beyond.


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.


Katie Szczepaniak RiceKatie Szczepaniak Rice
Senior Associate, Epic Ventures

Epic Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in technology, software and IT. She is on the boards of DOTGO and Figaro, serves as an observer on the boards of Iosil and Exagen, and assists with the oversight of BrightTag, Aspen Avionic and Lumidigm. 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 received 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 serves on boards and committees for several community and industry organizations including Astia, SVForum, NMBio, and New Mexico TechGYRLS.

Belinda SnyderBelinda Snyder
Program Manager, Venture Acceleration Fund

Belinda is currently the Program Manager of the Development Office within the Technology Transfer Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Since starting at LANL in 1993, she has worked with a broad range of LANL staff and within a wide variety of programs to facilitate technology commercialization. Since 1997, Ms. Snyder has successfully mentored 90 future business leaders and has worked with over 100 new start-up companies in northern New Mexico through these programs. Ms. Snyder earned both a BBA Marketing and Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico. She gained over ten years of sales, marketing, and business development experience in private industry prior to joining LANL and is current chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s State and Local Government Committee and former president of Coronado Ventures Forum. Ms. Snyder has been recognized as a top technology leader, having been named as one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s “top 25 techies” and “40 under 40” up-and-coming business leaders in 2003 and a “Who’s Who in Technology” honoree in 2009, chosen as a “Future Leader of New Mexico” by the Santa Fe New Mexican, and received Distinguished Performance Awards from LANL’s Director in 1996 and 1998.

Lem HunterLem Hunter
President, Vibrant 

Mr. Hunter is an accomplished entrepreneur with direct experience in all forms of early company financing. Importantly, he is also an active member of the New Mexico Angels and he brings both of these important perspectives to our discussion. Mr. Hunter is currently President of Vibrant, a New Mexico-based company that specializes in non-destructive testing for the aerospace and power market. Vibrant is pursuing the commercialization of Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) for the aerospace and power generation industries. PCRT is a revolutionary non-destructive testing technology that can determine if a component is structurally sound and fit for service. Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) is a novel non-destructive testing (NDT) technology initially developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The technology was licensed out of the labs, and developed into a tool that is revolutionizing NDE in the Automotive manufacturing sector. Before founding Vibrant, Mr. Hunter was President of Mechtronic Solutions, Inc., a defense-oriented company in Albuquerque. Mr. Hunter has a BSME from The University of New Mexico.

F. Leroy PachecoF. Leroy Pacheco
President/CEO, The Loan Fund 

Born and raised in northern New Mexico, F. Leroy Pacheco has worked in community development and banking for more than thirty years. In 1990, Pacheco received the Advocate Award from the New Mexico Indian Business Association. U. S. Small Business Administration also designated him Advocate of the Year in 1992 and Financial Services Champion in 2011. The Department of Commerce MBDA also named Pacheco Advocate of the Year in 1993 and awarded him the national Access to Capital award in 2011. New Mexico Business Journal named him as one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Albuquerque in 1995 and in 2011 he was named one of the Power Brokers and Top Performing CEO’s. In January 2007, Pacheco joined The Loan Fund, as President/CEO. Currently, Pacheco is a member of the board of directors of the Veterans Procurement Assistance Center and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Board, the Woodstock Institute, Albuquerque Independent Businesses Alliance. During his time in Chicago, he was a member of the Chicago Hispanic Bankers Association, the Business Advisory Council for Wilbur Wright College and taught part time at Columbia College. He also served on the Illinois Governors Commission on the Status of Women Economic Opportunities Group.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 6-8 pm (5:30 pm cocktails)
Venue: Eldorado Hotel
309 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, 87501
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).

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