At TechFW, we take a team approach to mentoring our clients ventures. Our M-Crew program is designed around a team of mentors with diverse experience working with two companies over six months focusing on central barriers to growth the founders are facing today. We aim to match companies in need with skilled mentors looking to give before they get.
The volunteer mentors and the companies both receive training to amplify the effectiveness of the program. The M-Crew program provides a flexible structure for everyone in each cohort to best define the rules of engagement to best serve the mission. The main rules we put in place is no investments and no paid contract work from mentors into the companies for year from the date the matchmaking is set. We also have all of the mentors sign a confidentiality agreement.
We believe in creating an environment and program for “a-ha” moments to thrive but know that people are where it starts when it comes to helping.
Albert DeWeese is a safe and effective medical device executive, entrepreneur, and investor with a physics degree from the Nobel Prize winning University of Colorado at Boulder. He goes by “Ab”. Ab is very active in medical device ventures from taking an emergency oxygen company public in Hong Kong to co-founding an osteoarthritis company Texas. He is an active investor and likes helping people start companies. His first company Good Automation provides end to end medical device commercialization services from concept to complaint handling with an emphasis on automation and validation services. Ab’s passion for smart regulatory compliance led him to create the minimally invasive Quality Management System™, an open source QMS intended for entrepreneurs and small teams. Silicon Valley focuses on MVP. But Ab knows that an mvDHF™, or minimally viable Design History File™, is the primary driver of enterprise value for young medical device companies. Outside of medical devices, Ab is contributing to these ventures: GuardMax is a SaaS product that makes it easy to manage security guards. Real Time Braking increases railway network capacity by up to 20% without laying new track. MedXchange is a blockchain based global marketplace for medical devices. Ab likes meeting new people. Call him up if you need help getting your idea off the ground. He loves helping entrepreneurs.
A veteran entrepreneur herself, Julie Wilson built, owned, and managed companies ranging from the area’s largest advertising agency to a six-county network of retail franchises. She understands the pressures of risk and reward, the weight of making payroll, and how to become the needed expert in all fields of business management while attracting and retaining clients. At the other end of the spectrum, she has managed major divisions of Fortune 500 companies, serving as the ranking local officer for three such companies, and understands shareholder value and how to engage with various audiences for success. In her personal time, she volunteers as a mediator for small-business disputes and serves on numerous non-profit boards.
“VP Life Science and Medical Technology for VIC Technology Venture Development. Dr. Henry moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 2017 from Fayetteville, Arkansas where he was Distinguished Professor and holder of the WM Keck Professorship at the University of Arkansas. As a faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department and the Institute for Nano-scale Science and Engineering, he directed a federally funded research program for 21 years, which focused on protein targeting, protein production technologies, and development of protein therapies to treat methamphetamine addiction. Dr. Henry’s work at the university produced over 50 publications and 5 patents, which currently support the IP portfolio of two different Arkansas-based biotech companies. He is also co-founder and VP Biopharmaceutics at InterveXion Therapeutics where his efforts support interactions with FDA, manufacturing and testing of InterveXion’s protein therapies, and oversight of these therapies for Phase 1 and Phase 2 human clinical trials.”
After completing a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, Tom’s professional career began in Houston with an engineering design firm focused on land development. Within a few years, Tom completed his MBA at the University of Houston and he and 3 partners launched several business startups including 2 retail franchises, an advertising/media firm, two construction companies and a small real estate holding company. Tom received support through the Entrepreneurial Development Center (Texas’ oldest business incubator), the Rice Alliance and Houston Technology Center and served as Chairman of the Services Cooperative Association, a Houston-based entrepreneurial accelerator. Tom was recognized twice by Texas A&M’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Aggie 100. Tom currently manages a $750M business unit for a S&P 500 construction materials company, is a guest lecturer for the business and entrepreneurship program at Texas State University and is a facilitator for the Charles Walgreen Foundation sponsored Leadership Academy focused on advanced leadership development for college undergraduates. In addition, Tom serves as a Board Member for both a $100M privately held construction materials company in Detroit, MI and the non-profit National Ready Mix Concrete Association headquartered in the Washington, DC area.
Logan is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Author with 19 years of success in various sectors. Leveraging extensive experience in marketing and advertising, he is a valuable asset to a range of companies looking for acumen in cloud transformation, brand differentiation, and revenue generation. In his executive career, Currently, Logan is CTO of a Fort Worth-based branding, marketing, and technology agency that creates and engineers full-scale integrations and solutions. He has directly implemented EOS®; and authored blog articles and white papers for multiple brands.
Following a finance career that began on Wall Street and brought him to Austin when the town was better known for Willie Nelson and live music on 6th street than high tech startups, Mike became an internet entrepreneur and a dot com survivor. In recent years he has helped dozens of startup founders avoid some of the mistakes he knows very well. He says he's in his give-back season. A time when he hopes that his classical mentoring assistance will help others prepare to harvest.
Utilizing his innate skills and education from UNT, PSU, and Goldman Sachs Small Business training program, Randy Roberson started Sandler Training of Fort Worth, part of the Sandler network. Randy works closely with small business owners and CEOs to develop their team and improve the bottom line. Through innovative, effective training and consulting, he helps put their organization a step ahead of the competition by delivering training through powerful public and private in-house programs with distance learning available for reinforcement.
Claude C. Longoria, MBA, Director of Technology Commercialization at UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) has over twenty-five years of experience in bioscience research, technology development, intellectual property management, health information management and entrepreneurial ventures.
Mr. Longoria earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from UT Austin and performed clinical laboratory work at the Texas Department of Health. He conducted bioscience research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), developing in vitro diagnostics technologies and managing initiatives to partner with industry. Mr. Longoria was co-founder and CEO of a firm created to develop and commercialize BCM technology. After earning his MBA from UT Austin, Mr. Longoria served as Director of ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry, at the Department of State Health Services. He was a Licensing Associate with South Texas Technology Management, a consortium formed to manage and commercialize intellectual property for several academic institutions. Prior to joining UNTHSC, Mr. Longoria was Asst. Director for New Venture Development at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, with responsibilities including licensing and new venture formation to commercialize university technology. He is passionate about helping to move technology from the research lab to commercial markets and has created and managed three bioscience startups, forming strategic partnerships and collaborations with major firms in the industry.
Tim is a Partner with B2B CFO, the nation's largest CFO services firm providing a broad range of business advice and service to emerging and mid-market companies since 1987. Tim is a CPA with extensive healthcare experience in strategic planning, reimbursement, managed care, budgets, practice management, information systems, general hospital operations, and financial management. His experience reflects the benefits of both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of the healthcare industry. As an executive specializing in the healthcare industry, he has helped physicians and hospitals improve operations.