On November 12, 2021, Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures joined Dr. Sunny Zhang, General Partner of Born Global Ventures at a virtual event to talk about Starting Companies as Immigrant Founders. Starting a company is hard. Starting a company as an immigrant is even harder. Nitin addressed the challenges and opportunities for immigrant founders in the US.
Nitin is a founding partner of Unshackled Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on investing and supporting immigrant entrepreneurs. Unshackled Ventures does more than just provide capital to fund the most ambitious founders; they designed their solution to provide immigration support and services at no cost to founders, to help optimize a founder’s time in building the future. This formula has sustained a portfolio of 60+ companies in a diverse range of industries. Before Unshackled, Nitin ran finance and strategy for edtech startup Kno (acquired by Intel in 2013) that raised over $90M of funding from some of the top VCs including a16z, First Round Capital, and Floodgate. Before Kno, Nitin immigrated from India to work at Deloitte where he focused on helping tech startups with growth, exits, and strategic initiatives. Nitin Pachisia has sat in several seats in the venture ecosystem and those experiences pushed him to create the same if not better access for others.
Many thanks to our event partners, business angel Minority association – baMa, First Bight Ventures, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Impact Hub Houston, Indonesian American Chamber of Commerce Southeastern Central USA, ITA Houston Italian Trade Agency, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Texas West Africa Chamber of Commerce (TWACC), Women in AI USA and Z LAB Global for their kind support.
On October 29, 2021, Natasha Gorodetsky, who is a Product Strategist, a Startup Advisor, and the Managing Director at Founder Institute, hosted a session on “Mentor Circle: Share and Ask” aka “This is NOT a Pitch Competition” for aspiring founders in energy startups so that they could share what they are working on and ask for guidance needed to make their next big step.
The mentors for this event were:
- Martin Van Sickels, President at MVS Consulting LLC & Mentor/Advisor at Global Energy Mentors (GEM)
- Larry Gadeken, President at BetaBatt, Inc., and Mentor at Global Energy Mentors (GEM)
- Willy Verbrugghe, EVP of SCORE Mentors Houston
- Lawrence Kremer, Mentor at Global Energy Mentors (GEM)
- Stephen Sims, Energy Advisor at Global Energy Mentors (GEM)
- Kenneth Gustafson, CFA, Mentor at Global Energy Mentors (GEM)
On October 20, 2021, marketing professor Dr. Krishnan Trichy joined Born Global Ventures General Partner Dr. Sunny Zhang for a virtual event to address How do the Sales of a New Product Grow. The key takeaway from his talk was that it is critical to identify the innovators and early adopters of your new product. They will become your spokesperson and help you penetrate the mass market and address the “side effects” through word of mouth.
Dr. Trichy V. Krishnan spends his professional time on academic research, teaching and consulting. Currently, he is a Professor at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and has held faculty positions in various institutions over the years like Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Rice University, USA, and NUS Business School, Singapore. At NUS, he also held administrative positions such as the Head of Marketing and Vice-Dean of Research & PhD. He has written many articles that have appeared in top academic journals, has got the Best MBA Teacher’s award at NUS, and has taught in many corporate executive programs covering several aspects of marketing including Marketing Strategy, Channel Strategies, Retailing Strategies, Pricing Strategies and New Product Management. His works on new product diffusion have got a lot of citations (counting 1500+), have been reprinted in many textbooks and are extensively used in the investment world. He has written award-winning case studies and was involved in consulting work for quite a few companies in the US (oil and gas industry) and Singapore for the past 20 years. He is also a board member of CIGS, a fin-tech company based in Chennai, India, that is building a digital bridge between people in rural markets and urban markets.
Read more about Dr. Trichy’s talk at: https://lnkd.in/giMuYhSc
On October 15, 2021, the Executive Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University, Dr. Angela Wilkins, joined our virtual event for a fireside chat with our General Partner Dr. Sunny Zhang to address Sustainable Innovation in AI and Data Science. The event accomplished a deep discussion with a diverse group of people from multiple communities connecting applied and fundamental data science and spinning academia and industry.
Dr. Wilkins is responsible for the development and implementation of the Rice Ken Kennedy Institute’s programs in the computational sciences. After earning a PhD in theoretical physics from Lehigh University, she shifted her focus to computational biology and spent nine years at Baylor College of Medicine as a researcher and instructor. She later served as director of clinical research at the nonprofit Center for Science & Law, and in 2017 founded a start-up to help early-stage companies solve data science problems.
On October 8, 2021, Allison Byers, Founder and CEO of Scroobious, joined General Partner of Born Global Ventures, Dr. Sunny Zhang for a virtual fireside chat. Allison addressed the fundraising strategies for underestimated founders. The discussion covered many important aspects of finance strategies such as:
- how you, as a founder, can identify the best path to obtain capital including your aspirations and vision for the company
- how to know when you’re ready for external funding
- what is required for different capital providers
- how preparing your pitch material can help you evaluate your funding options
Allison is an MBA with 15+ years of experience building and leading data-driven start-ups. She has done everything from management consulting to advising Google on marketing and strategy, to co-running a medical device company where she raised nearly $10M. Her model for building a clear and concise investor-ready pitch deck has been published in Business Insider and she is a frequent pitching advisor, mentor, and speaker. Her company, Scroobious is increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem by providing the education, tools, and community that founders need to create investor-ready pitch material, and a platform to help investors easily find those founders.
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