• Sorena Vargas

Fusion Pointe Community Event Hosted By Northern Trust

Fusion Pointe is working to advance Southwest Florida’s innovation economy by connecting entrepreneurs with experienced mentors, who will help them build their high-tech startups into investor-ready ventures.

We officially launched in 2015 and currently have 15 companies mentored by over 30 mentors. Our companies have received advice on strategic goals, execution, financial projections, valuations, team building and investment strategy. We have held workshops for mentors and entrepreneurs on valuations, digital media strategy and investor pitching and each has highlighted local subject matter experts that bring great value to our community. Our team would like to share our traction to date and how you can support our engagement in the community.

You are invited to our 2017 community event

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Our host and sponsor of this reception is

Northern Trust 26790 S Tamiami Trail Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Meet the Fusion Pointe Team, enjoy a keynote by Mark Volchek, Partner Las Olas VF, and hear how the mentoring process is working for our mentees and mentors. Click here to register or RSVP.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Mark Volchek, Partner Las Olas Venture Capital.

“Entrepreneurship and the Florida Startup Ecosystem”

Mark is a Founding Partner of Las Olas Venture Capital, an $50MM early stage venture fund focused on Florida and other underserved venture capital markets. Prior to starting Las Olas VC, Mark spent about 15 years at Higher One, a company he co-founded in 2000 while a senior in college. In his roles as CFO, Chairman and then CEO, Mark has had a major hand in steering the company from its first round of seed funding and multiple rounds of venture funding all the way to its successful IPO in 2010, and beyond. He helped grow Higher One from just three founders to more than 1,000 employees and guide the company through multiple acquisitions exceeding $150mm in aggregate value. When Mark left in 2014, Higher One’s products and services supported more than 1,900 schools and approximately 13 million enrolled students.

Since 2008 Mark has been an active angel investor and has invested in over 30 companies. He is also a Director of the Founder Institute – South Florida, where he helps budding entrepreneurs get their companies started. Mark is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 New England Financial Services Award winner and was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award finalist. He has been a regional and national judge for the program since 2012.

Mark holds a BA and MA in Economics from Yale University. He was a founding officer of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society and on its board from 2000 to 2010. This nonprofit organization promotes entrepreneurship among Yale students, faculty and alumni, and sponsors an annual business plan competition. Mark’s civic roles include serving on the Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board. His past civic activities include Chairman of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority, and positions on the Florida Board of Take Stock in Children, the New Haven Economic Development Committee./

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