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Previous Founder Showcase companies have raised over $1.75 billion in funding. A short list of companies that did one of their first public pitches on the Founder Showcase stage includes Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more.
The Founder Showcase is pleased to have Adrian Mendoza, General Partner at Mendoza Ventures, as our featured Keynote Speaker.
Born in Los Angeles to parents who immigrated from Mexico. Adrian moved to Boston for Graduate School at Harvard. He has spent the last 20 years leading technology teams and building products for financial services and fintech.
After founding two VC-backed startups in the mobile technology space, Adrian started Mendoza Ventures
to address the funding gap for people of color in early-stage investments. Mendoza Ventures is both Latinx and woman-owned and the first Latinx-founded VC fund on the east coast. The firm focuses on investments in Fintech, AI, and Cybersecurity, with diversity playing an important role in their investment decisions—about 75% of their portfolio consists of startups led by immigrants, people of color, and women. Since its founding five years ago, Mendoza Ventures has raised two funds, had one successful exit, and expanded its investments from Boston to Silicon Valley. Mendoza Ventures pilot Fund I is in the top Quartile of seed-stage firms, and the firm is currently raising its third fund, a 100M Series A to C growth venture fund.
Adrian and Mendoza Ventures were recently covered in Forbes, Yahoo Finance, the Boston Globe, and American Banker. In 2022, Axios magazine listed Adrian as one of the five most influential people in Boston, and the Boston Business Journal honored him as one of the 50 Movement Makers making a change in Boston. He is also a regular contributor to CNBC on the state of Venture capital in the US.
Adrian received his Bachelor's from the University of Southern California and his Master's from Harvard University.
Fonny Bunjamin - Founder and CEO at Vestis Labs: Vestis Labs, based in Luxembourg, is a cloud-based platform that helps small to medium-sized fashion brands reduce costs, waste, and time in their product development process.
- Ty Audronis - Founder & CEO at Tempest Droneworx: A company that aggregates data from hundreds of sources including drones, robots, static sensors, and even crowdsourced video to generate intelligence in the form of real-time multispectral 3D maps.
Leon Vanstone - CEO & Founder at VerdeCode: VerdeCode, based in Austin, is a SaaS platform that helps developers and executives at companies with a significant software footprint quantify and reduce cost and power usage.
Gabriela Constantinescu - Co-founder & COO at Chambr: Chambr, based in New York, is a SaaS that helps learning managers create learning games that increase content retention.
Samuel Adewole Dotun - Co-founder and CEO at OnePurse: Onepurse, based in Denver, is a currency exchange platform for African businesses and the diaspora to send money between the US and Africa.
About Founder ShowcaseThe Founder Showcase
is Silicon Valley's leading international startup pitch event, helping seed-stage startups learn, launch, and connect to investors. Since 2008, speakers like Elon Musk and startups like Udemy and Thumbtack have presented on our stage. About Founder InstituteThe Founder Institute
is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.