Freshman Founders is how incoming freshmen at UT Austin are welcomed to the Entrepreneurial 40 Acres (aka the Austin startup community). This year we have a mentor community that rivals the faculty at small colleges. Before we get into that, Freshman Founders has two tracks: Event Series and Launchpad. The Event Series is open to any freshman and is a series of monthly startup events around Austin and on-campus. The Launchpad is for freshmen starting a company their first semester in college. #UT18 freshmen can apply at FreshmanFounders.com.

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Everyone knows that mentors make or break any entrepreneurship program. That is why we ramped up our Freshman Founders mentor community from eight last year to over 40 this year. Our mentors range from celebrated inventors to Forbes’ list CEOs to product managers at IBM’s Watson team. A truly diverse group, Freshman Founders mentors will undoubtedly help any freshman jumpstart their entrepreneurial journey. We owe a huge thanks to our good friends at Techstars Austin and the IBM Austin Innovation Center for helping us wrangle this world class mentor roster. Read on to learn about the stellar mentors we’ve recruited to help introduce #UT18 to the Entrepreneurial 40 Acres.

 

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Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation at UT Austin

Dr. Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. He is the faculty director of Cockrell’s Innovation Center, which administers the Longhorn Startup Program to help UT faculty and students launch startups. Dr. Metcalfe was an Inter­net pioneer at MIT starting in 1970 and in 1973 received his PhD from Harvard for “Packet Communication.” He invented Ethernet in 1973 and founded 3Com Corpora­tion (now part of HP) in 1979. In November 2010 Metcalfe was selected to lead innovation initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. He began his appointment in January 2011.

John Arrow

John Arrow, Founder and Chairman of Mutual Mobile

John is a veteran of entrepreneurship with a passion for harnessing disruptive and emerging technologies. His ability to combine market vision with methodical execution has propelled Mutual Mobile, Inc. to become the world’s largest mobile consulting company. Over the last ten years, John founded successful businesses in the online payment processing industry and the consumer and enterprise software spaces. He also created one of the first site targeted PPC advertising networks. An adventurer and an innovator, John guides Mutual Mobile, a company he founded while a student at UT Austin, with a continuously evolving vision for the future.

Jason Seats

Jason Seats, Managing Director of Techstars Austin

Jason is the Managing Director of Techstars Austin and previous Managing Director of Techstars Cloud. Prior to joining TechStars, Jason was a founder of Slicehost, an early cloud computing hosting company. In 2008 Slicehost was acquired by Rackspace and became the core for the initial Cloud Servers product. Jason continued on at Rackspace until 2010 as VP of software development for Rackspace Cloud, managing the cloud engineering teams. Jason has a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.

Aziz Gilani

Aziz Gilani, Director at Mercury Fund

Aziz has spent the past 15 years focused on software and the internet. Prior to joining Mercury Fund, Aziz was a Senior Engagement Leader with Infosys Consulting, an early executive at ABB Performance Services, a Senior Consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and an Analyst at Lotus Development Corp.  Aziz received his BBA from the University of Texas where he was a TILF Scholar, and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he was an FC Austin Scholar, Kellogg Board Fellow, and Chairman of the Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference.  In addition, Aziz is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program through the Center for Venture Education, where he completed industry-defining field work in Seed Accelerators. Aziz is a recognized expert in Seed Accelerators, and has been quoted in several national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, ReadWriteWeb, TechCocktail, and The Business Journals.

Josh Kerr

Josh Kerr, CEO at Written

Josh is CEO at Written, an angel investor, Techstars mentor, Capital Factory partner and Demogod. He is a former UT computer science grad with experience in mobile app startups including an acquisition and a patent. Josh speaks on topics including raising money and content marketing. When not going on adventures with my kids,  he’s a really bad musician, amateur photographer and film maker.

Jay Manickam

Jay Manickam, Co-founder of uShip

Jay is an entrepreneur and investor. He founded and was formerly the VP of Strategy and Operation of Austin-based internet shipping company uShip. While at uShip, Jay was named Austin’s CFO of the year in 2012 after leading the company through their Series A financing to a debt-free position. He is currently focused on internet marketing, revenue enhancement through product development and building community oriented websites. Jay is also a co-founder of the Austin Startup Olympics and reigning ping pong champion of the games.

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Erik Huddleston, CEO of Trendkite

Erik is currently CEO of TrendKite, a big data analytics startup in the PR/Marketing space.  Prior to TrendKite, Erik (a UT Plan II alum) ran the SaaS business at Dachis Group (Social Analytics), recently acquired by Sprinklr after roles in six other successful technology companies.  Erik is happy to help in all aspects of Freshman Founders’ activities, but is particularly useful with helping think through your business model and initial go to market strategy.  Outside of work, Erik enjoys running, weight lifting, cycling, and watching high school (my sons) and college football (Hook ‘Em!).

Nick Spiller, Liberal Arts Student Ventures Coordinator at UT Austin

Nick is the Student Ventures Coordinator in UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts. His role includes managing the Liberal Arts Student Ventures and Freshman Founders programs. As a UT student from 2009 until 2014, Nick founded the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency, UT Entrepreneurship Week and Freshman Founders. He can help with fundraising, strategy, marketing to student populations and networking your startup. While Nick spends most of his time on the 40 Acres, he enjoys golf and paddle boarding on the weekends.

Dai Truong

Dai Truong, Associate at Austin Ventures

Dai joined Austin Ventures in 2013 and focuses on early-stage and expansion-stage investing. Prior to joining AV, Dai was a Senior Analyst in the Technology Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on Internet, digital media, software, hardware, communications equipment, and semiconductor companies. He advised a variety of clients on equity and debt financings, M&A, and LBO transactions. Dai graduated from UCLA, where he received his BA in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

Jon Bassett

Jon Bassett, Partner at Silverton Partners

Jon joined Silverton in 2014. Prior to Silverton, Jon worked with DFJ Frontier in Los Angeles, where he focused on seed and early stage investments in technology, software and media. He started his career at Dell where he gained sales and operational experience working with inside sales teams and has since co-founded several startups including a long-short equities hedge fund. Jon received his BA in Economics from Davidson College.

Michael Patton

Michael Patton, President and CEO at Medical Innovation Labs

Drawn to entrepreneurship while attending graduate school in Biomedical Engineering, Michael entered medical school with a different perspective than most of his peers. Upon discovering some antiquated medical technologies, Michael began exploring ways to improve the standard of care. Upon graduation, Dr. Patton founded a company that developed a line of minimally invasive surgical instruments, which were recently acquired by a Fortune 500 company. He is now committed to helping inventors turn their ideas into products that can improve health care. Michael received his MS in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his MD from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Kyle Ballarta

Kyle Ballarta, CEO at Falkon Ventures

Kyle is an entrepreneur, venture capital maverick, strategic advisor, and artist. He is the CEO and Founder of Falkon Ventures, an innovated venture capital fund that invests in early and growth stage companies for a temporary share in revenues rather than solely the exchange of equity. He advises on pioneering strategies that reconcile traditional schools of thought and new media theory to match quickly evolving industry landscapes. Kyle was a member of the initial team at LifeProof. Kyle holds an MBA with a focus in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, A BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and has two executive certificates from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Aseem Ali

Aseem Ali, CEO of Burpy

Aseem is the Co-Founder and CEO of Burpy, same-day grocery delivery service. In May 2014, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While in college Aseem founded three e-commerce websites and a corporate e-recycling service of which most are still operating today. Aseem has years of experience with e-commerce and PPC. In his spare time he loves to play sports including basketball, flag football, and ultimate frisbee.

Jordan French

Jordan French, CEO of StatusLabs

Jordan is an entrepreneur at the front lines of image and reputation management. Jordan is the CEO and co-founder of StatusLabs, the reputation management firm that helps people look their best in Google. He has consulted Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, presidential candidates, and celebrities facing reputational damage. Prior to founding StatusLabs Jordan was an attorney-adviser to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission where he helped uncover and prosecute energy market manipulators and enforced grid reliability. Prior to his work at FERC, Jordan worked in intellectual property law at an international law firm and worked in the aerospace engineering
field on the NASA-funded Mars Gravity Biosatellite at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jordan has a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. He is licensed to practice
law in New York and Massachusetts.

Grover Bynum

Grover Bynum, Senior Advisor at Austin Technology Council

For over two decades, Grover has provided strategic communication, development, and public affairs counsel to corporations, entrepreneurs, and policy makers around the globe. As an association professional and corporate advocate in the United States and abroad, Mr. Bynum fostered brand loyalty, stakeholder awareness, and shared objective between the private and public sectors. As an international consultant, he has worked to expand that shared objective to benefit common constituencies, customers, stakeholders, and the communities they share.

JD Weinstein

JD Weinstein, Venture Associate at Capital Factory

JD joined Capital Factory in 2014 as a Venture Associate.  Prior to Capital Factory, JD worked with the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic market-driven venture fund for the University of Texas System.  He focused on early stage investments in technology, software, communications, and health care.  JD served as University-Wide Representative at the University of Texas at Austin and sponsored the legislation to create the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. JD received his BS in Political Communication from The University of Texas at Austin. In JD’s free time, you can catch him eating pints of Amy’s ice cream while paddleboarding on Town Lake or dressed up in strange costumes at Longhorn sporting events. Hook ‘Em!

Andy Aguiluz

Andy Aguiluz, Program Manager at Techstars Austin

Andy helps the program in Austin run smoothly. Most recently, she was Program Manager for the Techstars Cloud program in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining Techstars, she led business case competitions and executive mentorship programs while attending the University of Denver. During her time in Denver, she learned about the challenges that tech companies face when expanding nationally and globally through internships at RG2 Franchise Consulting and Biotrends™ International. Before earning her masters, she helped operate a small aviation company in Mexico City. Andy has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA with Management Consulting and a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

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Lydia McClure, Director of Development Portfolio at Austin Technology Incubator

Lydia runs ATI’s University-focused Development Portfolio and Landing Pad program. She has 8 years of experience with The University of Texas at Austin studying human disease and identifying ways to monetize university research. Prior to UT, she was an Accenture Venture Partner at Texas Venture Labs managing business development of student-run companies through the Texas and Global Venture Labs Investment Competitions. An author of scientific journal articles, Lydia has a BA with a concentration in Biochemistry from Carleton College and PhD in molecular biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

She’s also one of the six people living outside of Oakland that support the Raiders football team.

Scott Good

Scott Good, Director of Career Development for UT Austin’s MSTC Program

Scott is the Director of Career Development for Texas MSTC and the Co-Founder & COO of Venturephile, Inc. He has studied Training & Organization Development and has worked at Southwest Airlines, UT Tyler, UT Austin, and Venturephile. He can help startups develop cultures of excellence and implement recruiting, training, and retention processes. In his spare time, he eats out too much, manages marathons, and frequents Alamo Drafthouse.

Andrea (Besikof) Kalmans

Andrea Kalmans, Technology Practice Leader at Lontra Ventures

Andrea leads the technology division of Lontra Ventures.  She is known for her entrepreneurial spirit, analytic approach, direct communication style, and laser focus.  Andrea engages with high-growth companies and venture-funded start-ups, serving in key sales, business development and marketing capacities.  Recent clients include:  Infochimps, a Mercury-funded Big Data Cloud start-up; a consumer electronics reverse logistics leader, and a major OEM supplier of computer accessories.Andrea holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Eli Mercer

Eli Mercer, Serial Entrepreneur

Eli is a seasoned entrepreneur and consultant with 20 years of experience building and growing companies large and small.  His experience includes leading product development, marketing, and sales in successful corporate ventures in telecommunications, web services, digital media, and innovative print media in the US and Mexico. Eli holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management with specializations in Entrepreneurship (Global Start-up and Expansion), Global Marketing, and Global Business Intelligence, a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business, Spanish, French, and German from the University of Texas at Arlington. Eli is a singer, songwriter, and poet with a passion for the arts and live performance.

Stephen Garten

Stephen Garten, CEO of Share

Stephen is the CEO and Founder of Share, an Austin-based startup company that’s bringing emotions to the financial services industry to unlock the hearts and wallets of consumers. Previously a senior associate at the Austin Technology Incubator, Stephen found a passion for building tools that help others give back. He has a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Ravi Parikh, COO of MakerSquare

Ravi is currently the COO of MakerSquare a company focused on disrupting education.  He is Longhorn Alumni with a degree in Economics and Finance.  His day to day role at MakerSquare involves financial modeling, optimization of company operations and workflows, and business development for new markets.  Ravi can help you determine product/market fit, the size of your market, creation of financial models, creation of a marketing plan, as well as generally advise you on how to get your company started.  He enjoys EDM music, golfing, traveling, good food, and all things business.

Dan Lowden

Dan Lowden, VP of Marketing at vArmour

Dan is currently the Vice President of Marketing of a Silicon Valley based Data Center Security startup called vArmour. We just raised $36 million and will launch later this year.I have been in Executive level Marketing roles in the tech industry for 20 years in the laptop world (IBM, NEC, Sharp), Wi-FI world (Wayport – Acquired by AT&T for $300 million), Mobile Commerce and Location-based services (Digby), Robotics (Briggo) and now Data Center Security (vArmour). I have a BS in Finance at Rider University and MBA in International Business at Rutgers University. I can help with all aspects of marketing. Family (wife and two kids), Live Music (ACL TV Volunteer), Golf (12 handicap),  commute to Silicon valley every other week for work.

Ryan Arbow

Ryan Arbow, Strategy and Product Management at IBM Watson Group

Ryan is a new member of IBM’s Watson Group where they are using cognitive computing to forge new partnerships between humans and computers that scale and augment human expertise. Previously he has held other executive positions in IBM, served the Peace Corps in Rwanda and worked for the University of Washington. He received his Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. His skills include market research, non-profit leadership, business planning and project management.

Blake Ellingham

Blake Ellingham, CTO of Recommenu

Blake is the CTO of an early stage startup, Recommenu, but it wasn’t so long ago that I was in your shoes. I graduated UT with a Computer Science degree in May of 2014 and it wasn’t until my Junior year that I began dabbling in entrepreneurship. Good on all of you for getting involved so early. My expertise lies in product development and implementation, I determined a MVP for us to sell and managed the team that executed the product. When I’m not working through user story-lines, I find myself immersed in culture, seeing live music and traveling.

 

Valerie Cason

Valerie Cason, Director of Sales and Marketing at Austin Technology Council

Valerie is the director of sales and marketing for the Austin Technology Council. ATC represents 200 companies and their 50,000 tech employees reflecting the unique diversity of the Central Texas innovation community. She has a strong background in communications with a focus and passion around customer experience. Originally from Louisiana, Valerie attended the University of Alabama and has recently fallen in love with the city of Austin.

Kyle Wood

Kyle Wood, Associate at Andrews Kurth

Kyle focuses his practice on technology transactions. Kyle has drafted and negotiated billion dollar technology purchases for Fortune 100 clients, advised startups on intellectual property licensing and development strategies, and counseled buyers and sellers on matters involving intellectual property issues arising in the context of general corporate transactions, including public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions. Whether counseling a fledgling startup or an industry giant he dedicates himself to the needs of his clients and his profession.

Nathan Green

Nathan Green, President of Campus2Careers.com

Nathan is the founder ofCampus2Careers.com, InternInAustin & MadeInAustin (operating in 15+ other cities as well), and the Austin Young Chamber.  Last year Campus2Careers was acquired by SureScore, where Nathan currently serves as their VP of IT Solutions.  Nathan graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a minor in Computer Engineering.  Following college, Nathan joined Accenture and worked as a consultant for 8 years in New York City before wising up and moving to Texas.  Nathan enjoys advising students/entrepreneurs on their career plans/goals, business development and partnerships, and product or market ideation.  In his free time, Nathan plays soccer, paddles, and chases after his 2 year old son.

 

Sriram Vishwanath

Dr. Sriram Vishwanath, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin

Sriram is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Vishwanath received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, M.S. from CalTech and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. His research interests include information theory, wireless communications and coding theory. His industry experience includes work at the National Semiconductor Corporation, CA and at the Lucent Bell labs, NJ. He has won a NSF CAREER Award and the 2005 IEEE Joint IT/Comsoc Best Paper Award.

Christina White

Dr. Christina White, Director of NAE’s Longhorn Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Dr. White completed her Doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied engineering education. She is the founding director of the National Academy of Engineering Longhorn Grand Challenges Scholars & K12 Partners Program at The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. White is also the director of an outreach program called Design, Technology, & Engineering for All Children (DTEACh) which has reached more than 1000 teachers and 85,000 students.  She is the lead inventor on a patent for assistive technology. Her current research includes innovative design-based pedagogy, humanitarian engineering, and ways to attract and retain traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering education.

David Bryan

David Bryan, Adjunct Professor at Concordia University Texas

David is widely recognized as a leader in bringing innovative new products to market. In particular, David has taken technology in the areas of distributed computing, cloud, communications, mobile, and peer-to-peer, and led teams that turned these into revenue generating products. He is currently teaching courses in Technology and Operations, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at Concordia University Texas’ MBA Program. Previously David has founded two technology companies and was an assistant professor at St. Edwards University.

Zach Cook

Zachary Cook, CTO at Texas Custom Apparel

Zachary is currently a student entrepreneur at the University of Texas studying Management Information Systems, and working hard to grow his startup, Texas Custom Apparel, to be the dominant custom apparel company in Central Texas. He is one of the three owners of the company and am responsible for sales growth (Sales Manager role) as well as my responsibilities as Chief Technology Officer. When Zachary isn’t working on Texas Custom Apparel, you can find him roping cattle or competing in the College Rodeo competition!

Richie Gill

Richie Gill, CEO at Longhorn Leasing

Richie is the Founder and CEO at Longhorn Leasing, a leasing company specializing in student housing around UT Austin.  I graduated from UT in Spring 2013 as a Plan II major.  My expertise includes real estate, finance, and starting a business without investors or venture capital.  I spend my free time bicycling or traveling with my fiancé.

Jennifer Bullard

Jennifer Bullard, Executive Director at Captivate Conference

Jennifer is currently the Executive Director at Captivate Conference and an advisor to multiple start-ups in the digital media space, all of whom who have accepted Angel investments. Her area of expertise has been in UX design, product management, team building and operations in the video games industry for the last 16 years. Jennifer currently consults on product management, project timelines, provides connections to business partners and advice on hiring practices. In her spare time she plays pen & paper roleplaying games, paints miniatures, plays video games, walks around taking pictures with her family.

Wade Floyd

Wade Floyd, CEO of NeedTo.com

Wade is currently working on NeedTo.com andCoachTube.com as founder of both. By background is in sales and recruiting talent. Comfortable teaching sales, growth hacking, attracting smart people to work for you, and how to get anything built without knowing a line of code. For fun I like to play in water and make fun of college students who have it all figured out :-)

Preston James

Preston James, Startup Mentor

Preston is a former Dell executive who is immersing himself in the startup community in 2014. He is a dynamic leader with core strengths in business development, strategic partnerships, business planning, thought leadership, operations optimization and team development. He has 25+ years in the technology sector with a strong network across many verticals. Preston believes that technology and innovation are the key to solving many problems people face on a day to day basis.

Spencer Ingram

Spencer Ingram, Executive Director at HackCVille

Spencer builds tools and experiences to help people find meaningful careers, including careers as an entrepreneur. I am the executive director of a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship programs to students at the University of Virginia. Prior to the nonprofit, I worked in the renewable energy industry (hydro and solar) after earning a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Masters in Environmental Science (both from University of Virginia). I’m happy to help with projects related to the natural sciences, energy, or the environment. I am most helpful with business development, customer research, and rapid prototyping, especially pertaining to physical products and services.

Irene Bond

Irene Bond, Business Development Manager at IBM Rational

Irene is a strategic thinker with over twenty years of diversified experience in complex solution development for startups and global corporations. She has successfully executed as an entrepreneur, salesperson, in marketing and business development while remaining committed to customer success. Academically she holds Master’s Degrees in Information Science and Technology Commercialization (MSTC) from The University of Texas at Austin, the latter completed while working full time at IBM.

Jingshen Zhao

Jingshen Zhao, Director of Programs at Learn To Be Foundation

Jingshen is Director of Programs at the Learn To Be Foundation for free online tutoring. He comes from the MPA program and is a part-time accountant. At UT he taught an upper-division elective on founding your own 501(c)(3) and putting together a board, revenue models, personnel, and annual reports. He puts on ping pong and mahjong tournaments at his house whenever he gets too frustrated trying to sell edtech to public schools.

JJ Jain

Jitendra (JJ) Jain, Director of Strategic Licensing & Programs at UT Austin’s OTC

JJ serves as Director, Strategic Licensing & Programs, for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he helps develop technologies by leveraging UT’s intellectual assets and by fostering strategic partners. He also focuses on commercializing UT’s software and copyrightable intellectual property (IP). Mr. Jain specializes in commercially assessing and valuating technologies, cultivating inventions, developing IP positions, guiding investments in patent prosecution, developing commercialization strategies, nurturing industry/venture-capital relations, marketing to prospective licensees, assisting in the formation of startups, and negotiating complex IP-based collaborative agreements to monetize IP. Mr. Jain holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

Peter Bradford

Peter Bradford, Product Management Profession Leader at IBM Design

Peter is the Product Management Profession Leader and Lean-Sigma Blackbelt at IBM, curating and coaching their global product management talent program.  He also serves on the Product Development and Management Association board.  Peter has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from A&M and Master’s in Public Affairs & Technology Commercialization from UT.  He won the McCombs incubation scholarship to the Austin Technology Incubator in 2004.  He has offered to advise in areas of market research, product management, operations strategy, and work-life balance.  For fun, he enjoys time with his wife and young family (kids aged 0, 3, 6), BBQ grilling, swimming, and watching his undergraduate team play football.

Jon Pratt

Jon Pratt, Angel Investor and Startup Mentor

A seasoned executive with a lifetime of hands-on small business management and new venture experience. Dr. Pratt’s scholarship contributions focus on best practice in designing processes, products and teams to identify and satisfy customer needs with innovation. He thrives on working with innovation teams to leverage their strengths with those of external partners to get their designs commercialized. Dr. Pratt is always on the lookout for new business opportunities and is never without an idea.

Logan Brown

Logan Brown, Managing Partner at Davenforth Investments

Logan has been investing for six years and now runs Davenforth based on the strategy that Warren Buffet used in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Logan founded Davenforth Investments along with HatTee as students at The University of Texas at Austin. He studies Economics in the Liberal Arts Honors program and expects to graduate in May of 2015. His areas of expertise include business development, strategic planning and marketing.

Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia, CEO of SegUrWay

Chris is the Founder of SegUrWay, a micro-mobility company focused on providing a solution to the last-mile transportation problem by offering Segways under a Car2Go-like business model. Chris came up with the design in 2011 when he was living in West Campus and attending UT’s McCombs School of Business to study Accounting and Management. Chris wants to help students explore their business model, develop marking plans and design optimized user experiences. When he has time, Chris likes to play basketball, go mountain biking, develop his golf game, or if he’s feeling lazy, play FIFA with friends.

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