Co-Founders May Pitches "CTAN Panel of Investors" FREE

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Network and connect to find your next employee, your next co-founder, or build your professional network! Work might be from 9-5, but business happens between 5-9. The Co-Founder Meetup by the tech^map is a forum for professionals to pitch their business, idea, startup, etc. to the community and gain valuable feedback. The audience is full of other entrepreneurs, developers, investors, and media.

Are you new to the Co-Founder meetup? Do you have a project in mind you are looking to get off the ground? Are you looking to find a job or join a great startup? Ready to get on stage and pitch?

Check out our awesome group that can help you navigate to find your next co-founder, employee, investor, or user! Mix and Mingle with others in the same boat. Enjoy a great night of pitches, networking, food, and beverages!

Looking to Pitch:

Here is the link to our guidelines ( and requirements to present. Please review this PDF and if you have any questions - email on the tech^map website ( or email [masked] for more information.

Developers looking for a job:

If you are a software or hardware developer, or UX/UI designer interested in joining a cool startup, you can attend for FREE. Just send an e-mail to [masked] with a link to your tech^map completed profile and we will get you RSVP'd.

May Meetup Details:

Our keynote for the May 2 event will be a panel of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) representatives, including Executive Director Claire England and Board members Tom Rogers and Rick Timmins. The panel discussion will include strategies for getting funded, how to approach angel investors, and most effective tactics for presenting to an angel group. We've asked CTAN to listen to some of your pitches after the panel discussion and provide feedback, so we'll close the keynote with five entrepreneur pitches.

Having invested more than $68 million in 127 companies since 2006, CTAN is the most active single-chapter angel group in the country and a significant source of early-stage capital to entrepreneurs. The nonprofit, member-based organization represents more than 150 individual accredited investors from a wide variety of sectors. Many of its members are active in the startup ecosystem, mentoring entrepreneurs and connecting them to business resources, providing critical support to the success of early-stage business and the Texas economy.

CTAN’s mission is two-fold: 1) Provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors; and 2) Assist entrepreneurs and startups by serving as a key source of funding, mentorship, strategic advice, and educational resources. To learn more about CTAN, visit .

Moderator Claire England

Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the nation’s top angel investing networks. 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, the Greater San Marcos Innovation Summit, and more.

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.


Rick Timmins is a resident of Austin and is heavily involved in the Austin startup community. He brings with him 35 years of experience in financial management and strategic guidance from two Fortune 100 technology leaders. Most recently, Rick served as vice president and Corporate Controller of finance at networking technology leader Cisco Systems. There he was instrumental in developing and implementing an e-culture of financial reporting across all of Cisco’s worldwide operations. When he arrived in 1996, Cisco took two weeks to close its quarterly books. Under his leadership, the task was reduced to 4 hours.

Prior to Cisco, Rick served as vice president of finance for Motorola, where he had worldwide financial responsibility for the Semiconductor division. He also was the VP of Finance for Motorola Japan and lived in Tokyo for 6 years in developing Motorola’s cellular operations in Japan, which experienced explosive growth from $300 million to over $2 billion. In addition to his operational experience, Rick has also worked with numerous top tier venture firms from across the country.

Rick is also a Board Member in the public company Ultratech (symbol: UTEK). Rick holds a B.S. degree in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. degree from St. Edward’s University, and was previously a Certified Public Accountant.

Tom Rogers is originally from Houston and spent 17 years in Chicago before moving to Austin in 2005. He is the principal of Star Vista Capital, LLC, a real estate and angel / early stage investment firm. Previously, he was a Partner with GK Development, Inc. in the Chicago area and was responsible for property acquisitions. While associated with GK, Tom was responsible for expanding its portfolio to include shopping centers and office properties valued in excess of $200 million.

Prior to joining GK, Tom served as Senior Vice President at Heitman Capital Management, a pension plan advisor, directing the sale of more than $1.5B in commercial properties. He originally moved to Chicago in 1988 and joined Homart Development Company as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group. He began his career in Houston as a commercial broker with CB Richard Ellis.

Tom earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Board of the Austlen Baby Co., the Eanes Education Foundation, and is an Emeritus Board member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

• Agenda:
6:30 - 7:00 pm Sign-in and socializing (Grab food a drinks)
7:00 - 7:10 pm Announcements, Sponsor notes
7:10 - 7:35 pm Keynote Speaker Q/A
7:35 - 8:30 pm Pitches / Q&A

Company --- Presenter --- Website

Nibble --- Spencer Little --- (
Pack House --- Harrison Perl --- (
Home CSP, Inc. --- Mark MacDonald ---
Xyber Technologies --- Mario Facusse --- (
CooMo, Inc. --- Tyler Moyer --- (

8:30 - 9:00 pm Network, Network, Network
9:00 - Until whenever. Go downstairs to the bar to network more.

We have colored dots! Make sure you find who you are looking for

RED: Talent (developers, designers)
GREEN: Investor (accredited)
BLUE: Entrepreneur
YELLOW: Media, Marketing (others)

Please RSVP ( space is limited!


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