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This group is operated by City of Richardson, August 2021

The Richardson IQ is a place to create opportunities and connect people to the tools and resources they need to achieve success. We believe that if you have an idea, you have a fundamental right to start a business to make it a reality! In the IQ, we celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and creative achievements of our Richardson-based inventors and product makers.

We’re all part of the IQ community, and through programming, education, encouragement, and collaboration, we can build an ecosystem of successful entrepreneurs and companies.

You don’t have to live or work in the IQ to be able to collaborate with us. No matter what brings you here, everyone needs a connection. So come join us!

To learn more about the Richardson IQ, visit www.RichardsonIQ.com.

Upcoming events (2)

The IQ Brew: Manasseh Durkin, Durkin Properties LLC

The Drawing Board

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL EVENT
The IQ Brew is a networking and educational series featuring short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. The goal of The IQ® Brew is to share lessons learned and to have the Richardson business community hear about the successes and challenges faced while starting and growing a business. Come join us for coffee and conversation every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

On Thursday, February 10, The IQ® Brew will feature Manasseh Durkin, President of Richardson-based Durkin Enterprises, Durkin Properties, and Cityline Property Management. Manasseh has more than 18 years of experience in every aspect of commercial construction, and development management. His unique perspectives on the real estate life cycle, from new construction to managing tenant relationships, are an asset to any project. Manasseh is personally and professionally involved in the Richardson community, supporting a number of organizations that promote its economic and cultural growth. Manasseh is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Come hear from Manasseh as he talks about growing his own businesses while working with the City to help revitalize aging areas. Manasseh will also discuss his role with the Chamber of Commerce and its focus on small business support.

Thank you to our venue host, The Drawing Board!

Agenda
8:30am - Coffee & Networking
9:00am - Opening Remarks
9:05am - Introductions
9:15am - IQ Speakers
9:45am - Q&A

Joining us online? Below is the Zoom link for the session:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85901270674?pwd=cS9aTTliVm4rR2I0VUpPODZZcngwQT09
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Manasseh Durkin – Additional Information
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manasseh-durkin-5b38b4111/
Manasseh moved his family to Richardson in 2013, and quickly became personally and professionally involved in the surrounding community, devoting time and support to a number of organizations that promote its economic and cultural growth. He is a committee member of Richardson Real Heroes, an organization honoring the silent generosity of community members who serve others and is an Executive Committee member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Manasseh is the 2022 Chair of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year and 2021 Leadership Richardson Alumnis of the year.

The IQ Brew: CollateralEdge, A Richardson-based Fintech Startup

The Drawing Board

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL EVENT
The IQ Brew is a networking and educational series featuring short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. The goal of The IQ® Brew is to share lessons learned and to have the Richardson business community hear about the successes and challenges faced while starting and growing a business. Come join us for coffee and conversation every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

On Thursday, February 24, The IQ® Brew will feature Richardson-based Fintech Startup, CollateralEdge. CollateralEdge is an innovative fintech platform that provides community and regional banks with a flexible, automated risk management solution to strengthen the credit profile on individual corporate loans. Named the "Next Fintech Unicorn" by Dallas Innovates, CollateralEdge's platform could boost local economies across the U.S. by helping commercial banks increase lending capacity for small to mid-sized companies nationwide. The Richardson startup has already raised an oversubscribed $3.5 million round from a “stellar group” of capital partners in Texas including VC firm Perot Jain, Capital Factory CEO Josh Baer, and Kneeland Youngblood, the founding partner of Pharos Capital Group.

Come hear from Joel Radtke (President & COO) and Joe Beard (CEO), founders of CollateralEdge, as they share valuable tips and lessons learned to get you on the fast track to capital!

Thank you to our venue host, The Drawing Board!

Dallas Innovates Article: https://dallasinnovates.com/the-next-fintech-unicorn-dallas-based-collateraledge-emerges-from-stealth-with-3-5m-and-a-stellar-investor-group/
Richardson IQ® Podcast with Phil McKinney featuring Joel Radtke: https://killerinnovations.com/bryan-chambers-and-joel-radtke-on-fintech-and-venture-capital-innovation/

Agenda
8:30am - Coffee & Networking
9:00am - Opening Remarks
9:05am - Introductions
9:15am - IQ Speakers
9:45am - Q&A

Joining us online? Below is the Zoom link for the session:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88364952048?pwd=K3VqUGhYQnNqT3c1c3ZtdWNoLzEvQT09
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Passcode:[masked]

BIOS:
Joel Radtke
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joel-radtke-1b921b79/
Joel Radtke has over 25 years of experience operating, financing and advising growth-oriented middle market companies. Joel’s ability to identify unique solutions to complex problem sets paired with his visionary mindset has enabled him to successfully launch multiple companies. As co-founder of United Orthopedic Group, Joel executed 15 acquisitions in his role as CFO and helped grow the business from a $15M platform to approximately $100M prior to exit. Prior to UOG, Joel worked as a private equity investor - sourcing and executing multiple middle market health care investments for Grotech Capital Group. He spent his early career years developing his structuring and investment banking expertise at Alex Brown and Credit Suisse. Joel received his BA from Harvard University where he graduated Cum Laude and was a John Harvard Scholar.

Joe Beard
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephabeard/
Joe Beard is an entrepreneur, innovator and a seasoned financial services executive. He is a co-founder of Venture Dallas, the premier venture capital conference in the DFW region. Prior to launching CollateralEdge, Joe served as a Partner at Perot Jain, an early stage focused venture capital firm, where he led investments in over 45 companies across 4 countries. Prior to joining Perot Jain, Joe spent approximately ten years as an investment banker at firms such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns executing approximately $10 billion in M&A, equity and debt transactions. Joe received his BS in Discrete Mathematics from the United States Military Academy (West Point). He received his MBA from Columbia Business School and was a Robert A. Toigo Fellow. Joe was recognized by Pitchbook as one of the 53 Black Founders and Investors to Watch in 2021.

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The IQ Brew: Alex Plotkin, Small Business Development Center

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