We are bringing together leading angel investors to offer practical and valuable insight for tech founders raising early stage capital and fellow angels. The panel will cover investment strategies, what angels seek in a startup, deal structures, opportunities, and more.
Chenoa Farnsworth is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawaii's only venture accelerator. She has been helping startup entrepreneurs to grow their companies for the past 15 years. Chenoa also manages the Hawaii Angels investment network and is the founder of Hi Impact - an impact investment and social entrepreneurship organization launched in 2010.
In 2006, Ms. Farnsworth co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawaii-based venture capital firm that invested $50 million into Hawaii-based technology startups. Prior to that Chenoa provided strategy development and business planning consultation for startup companies and high-growth businesses through her company Farnsworth Consulting. Ms. Farnsworth has reviewed hundreds of business plans helped clients raise over $30 million in financing.
Drew Tulchin is very active with New Mexico start-ups. Most notably with Meow Wolf, serving as their first CFO, a New Mexico B Corp that creates immersive arts experiences to wow. His efforts there, among others, led to raising more than $125 million in investment, purchase of a new headquarters, and growth from 50 people to more than 400. He has also worked with Build with Robots and Electric Playhouse.
Consulting has taken him across New Mexico, the U.S., to Native American nations, and more than 40 countries. He has contributed to 100+ business plans and dozens of start-ups to get going. His work has generated over $300 million in investment and 1,000s of jobs.
Dick Blanc is Chairman of the board and Executive Director of the Beyond Angel Network, Accelerator and Fund at Cedarville University. He was previously Managing Partner with Accenture, LLP, a global company with 505,000 employees in 120 countries with $45 Billion in annual revenue with 18 consecutive appearances in “Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies” list and 19 consecutive appearances on the list of the “Top 50 Best Global Brands”. Dick is a member of multiple boards, an advisor to members of the Fortune Global 500, an active early stage investor and advisor to founders of several startup companies.
Emily Klein works with the Rockies Venture Club to connect angel investors and entrepreneurs in the state of Colorado. She is also a Managing Partner with the Rockies Vintage Fund and Director of the Women's Investor Network. Holding an MBA focused on sustainability, she is passionate about impact investing and sees early-stage investment as an important catalyst for promoting more sustainable, diverse, and creative companies.
Hall launched TEN Capital as the Texas Entrepreneur Networks in 2009. Today, the firm has over 12,000 investors in its network, and has helped startups raise over $700M and counting.
Hall serves as the Vice-Chair of the Baylor Angel Network. He previously led the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) as its first Executive Director, where he achieved over a 40X return for the investors.
He is the founder and director of the Texas Open Angel Network, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the education of angel investors. As a part of that program, he hosts the Investor Connect podcast series.
He is also a Founder and initial Managing Director of SKU (Incubation Station), a consumer product goods accelerator based in Austin, Texas, and the former Managing Director of AccelerateNFC, an accelerator based in Dallas, Texas, focusing on Near Field Communication.
Hall serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas, leading the Idea to IP program, which fosters startups from the engineering program.