Exploring Austin's Startup Funding Landscape
Friday, March 11
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
Austin Chamber Offices
500 E 4th St
While Austin has a thriving startup ecosystem, funding options have been less robust than in major entrepreneur hubs. We’ll explore the history behind this challenge, map the current funding landscape, and discuss what’s next: Is the capital supply catching up to the demand from startups? Conversely, have funding predicaments forced more entrepreneurial creativity — moving faster to revenue, innovating on customer acquisition models, bootstrapping, etc. — and are local startups meeting the challenge and becoming stronger as a result?
ATX Seed Ventures
Chris Shonk started his first business at fourteen, was named the Special Forces Soldier of the Year, co-founded an investment bank, and has operated, advised, and invested in consumer service and ...Show the rest
Chris Shonk started his first business at fourteen, was named the Special Forces Soldier of the Year, co-founded an investment bank, and has operated, advised, and invested in consumer service and tech companies for over a decade. He has been interviewed by Business Week, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Forbes. Chris is a graduate of the Acton School of Business and was the first alumni to start an endowment to offer other deserving entrepreneurs the opportunity to change the world.
Knows what it means to take decisive action.
Learned from the world’s most elite Military operators, the ten years spent operating, advising, and investing in companies, and the entrepreneurs he serves.
Favorite Superhero is Professor Xavier (Capt. Picard)…and some days IronmanHide the rest
Central Texas Angel Network
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the nation’s top angel investing networks, with $68 million invested in 125 companies. A native Austinite, her bac...Show the rest
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the nation’s top angel investing networks, with $68 million invested in 125 companies. A native Austinite, her background includes more than 18 years of executive and nonprofit leadership. She worked on local and international startup ecosystem projects for clients including St. Edward’s University and SXSW Interactive before joining CTAN. She also serves as a public speaker, including moderating panels and giving solo talks and keynotes at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival and the Greater San Marcos Innovation Summit.
Previously, Claire served as Executive Director of RISE, hosting a conference series for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas with investors and business leaders. Under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes “Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs,” doubling its impact on Austin’s startup ecosystem. In 2013, she was named a finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Award. She volunteers her time as Founding Advisory Board member for World Economic Forum’s Austin Global Shapers and as a Mentor for UnLtd USA.Hide the rest
Meritage Capital LLC
Co-founder and Chairman of the board of Managers of Meritage Capital, an investment management firm specializing in multi-manager hedge funds. I am also Chief Executive Officer of MFI Capital, my f...Show the rest
Co-founder and Chairman of the board of Managers of Meritage Capital, an investment management firm specializing in multi-manager hedge funds. I am also Chief Executive Officer of MFI Capital, my family’s private investment arm. Most recently I joined Brightstar Capital Partners (BCP) as Senior Partner. BCP is a Private Equity Firm that specializes in sourcing proprietary equity investments while providing active value creation strategies.
I have served as Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Motorola, Inc., and in various senior positions at Dell Inc., including Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Managing Director of Dell Ventures and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Dell, I was Vice President and Treasurer for Sun Microsystems and Co-Founder and General Manager of Amdahl Capital Corporation.
I currently serve on the board of directors of Bazaarvoice, Inc., IPX, Inc., Rallyhood, Inc., Verb, Inc. and Umbel Corp. Last year I was appointed Vice Chair of Lucid Holdings, Inc., a strong Artificial Intelligence (AI) company based in Austin, TX.
I am a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy and Waller Creek Conservancy.
I serve on the Advisory Boards of the IBM Watson Group, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Technology Commercialization Cabinet. I am an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Virginia College Foundation Board.