Join us for a virtual night of pitches, networking and learning from an all-star panel.
6:30 – 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction and Networking
6:45 – 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches
7:50 – 8:00 pm EDT: Networking
1. Dominique Villela – Managing Partner at Shot Ventures
Dominique Villela is the founder and Managing Partner of Shot Ventures, a San Francisco and Arizona venture capital firm. Dom’s primary role is in hunting for companies, due diligence, raising capital and helping founders (and even other investors) to raise capital too. Dom has been called a “The Friendly VC” because of his founder advocacy approach, transparently educating and advising on the pitfalls and benefits of accepting investment funding. In 2021, Dom and his partners launched a pre-capital advisory program using funding strategies that have captured investors and influenced the capital funding for tech companies that include the Fortune 10.
Supporting ex-executives from JP Morgan, Amazon, VISA, MySpace, and Microsoft, Dominique advances digital transformative leadership, while building financial partnerships with global top-tier venture capital and financial institutions to fund emerging tech across 20 markets. He has a specialization in digital assets, and has raised >$350MM USD and nearly $100MM in other currencies, which have supported 7 successful exits. Dominique has been recognized by the United States Congress and various municipalities for his contributions to science, technology, and entrepreneurship.
2. Jacqueline Bennett – Managing Partner at Highlands Venture Partners
Jacqueline is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Highlands Venture Partners and Chief Growth Officer at Commons. She was previously a Director at MGO-backed Sands Lane Capital and ELLO Capital, and prior to that, was an investment banker at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse in New York and Babcock & Brown in Sydney. Jacqueline led M&A and strategy at Viator in San Francisco (acquired by TripAdvisor).
Jacqueline is a Committee Member at Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation (CFCR), Council Member at NationSwell, and Advisory Board Member at Last Prisoner Project, NOVRA Capital and VITAL Card. She earned her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and London Business School and her B.S. in Commerce from the University of Western Australia. She resides in New York City.
3. Callum Bir – Managing Partner at AI Ventures, 3x founder, ex Microsoft
Venture Capital Investor 💰in Sydney Australia | Managing Partner 🦄 early stage AI startups 🚀 in Australia 🇦🇺 and US 🇺🇸 3x founder, ex corporate, ex Microsoft, now VC
I was inspired after meeting Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures, in San Francisco in Jan 2017, which led me to new path of founding two funds since, and moved down to 📍Sydney Australia.
Fund II focus area B2B, Health, Ed, Marketing and HR / Recruitment tech
Founder and Host of Sydney Startup Show that streams live twice weekly featuring founder stories.
Former exec with Microsoft, Oracle, McCann (IPG), Deloitte over 20 years
Lived and worked in US, Singapore and rest of Asia
4. Brad Menachemson – Strategic Early Seed Investor & Mentor
Brad is passionate about the notion and power established through the collective sharing of knowledge and along with his significant commercial track record in developing and growing brands both in Australia and abroad he enjoys acting as a strategic early seed investor and industry mentor.
What he loves to do:
> Mentor enthusiastic entrepreneurs in general business disciplines as well as strategic growth planning
> Invest in start up brands that show scalability and disruption within their industry
> Provide corporate governance at a board level
> Aid entrepreneurs in raising seed capital
> Add to his diverse portfolio as to work with a variety of entrepreneurs shoulder to shoulder
5. Naeem Raza – Venture Partner at Mighty Capital
Naeem Raza is former CEO of an enterprise software company that he founded in 1992 and sold to a public company in 2019. Currently Naeem is a Venture Partner at Mighty Capital, a venture capital firm and a member of Sand Hill Angels. Naeem holds MS degrees in Computer Science and Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, Naeem also has a MBA and a BA in Economics and Sociology.
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