2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

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?

Hashtags: #sxsw #FundedATX


Christopher Shonk at SXSW

Christopher Shonk

General Partner

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 ...

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Claire England at SXSW

Claire England

Exec Dir

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...

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Laura Kilcrease at SXSW

Laura Kilcrease

Managing Dir

Triton Ventures

Tom Meredith at SXSW

Tom Meredith


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...

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