We were so excited to receive a copy of Fort Worth Inc’s 400 Most Influential People in 2019. Familiar faces popped up in many industries, including finance, economic development, life sciences and more… people that are directly connected to the mission of TechFW.
Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have visionary leaders paving the way at TechFW. Two that come to everyone’s mind are our current Executive Director Hayden Blackburn and former ED, Darlene Boudreaux. Check out their features:
Then there are our Cowtown Angels, a group of local angel investors that are dedicated to growing the startup ecosystem. This program of TechFW has been around since 2012, and has grown to 54 members and invested $18.5 mil into 37 startups. Our angels have had so much influence in Fort Worth that they couldn’t fit them all into one page. Check them out:
How about our first TechFW graduate, Red Sanders, CEO of Red Productions, a Fort Worth-based production company. Red recently opened the Backlot Studio and Workspace, a Media Production Development Zone designed by Texas to encourage development of permanent sites for moving image production. Red’s is only the second of its kind in the state. Talk about influence!
We can’t forget about our wonderful mentors. Our M-Crew program has supported three cohorts of startups and has mentored and helped our entrepreneurs navigate the ups and downs of building their businesses. Julie Wilson, an entrepreneur herself, always has been a standout mentor so it’s no wonder to us that she gets to be called a Fort Worth influencer:
As you may have noticed, it takes a village to make an impact. And it’d be remiss of us to say we could have done it without the support of our partners. These Fort Worth influencers have been long-time supporters of TechFW’s mission and we couldn’t be more thankful.
Check out Robert Sturns from the City of Fort Worth, Michael Williams, President at UNTHSC, Richard Connor, Publisher at the Fort Worth Business Press, Steven Colwick, FW Market President at Comerica Bank, and Vistasp Karbhari, President of UTA:
Thank you to Fort Worth, Inc. magazine for highlighting the influencers and leaders in our community. We’re proud of their vision, direction and guidance. Influence is earned, not easy and burdened with responsibility. We are fortunate and thankful to have 400 people such as these leading us into the next chapter of evolution in Fort Worth.