On October 21st, 2011, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors will be in attendance at this year’s Go BOSH Conference 2011 at the UT Longhorn Stadium Event Center Belmont Hall, Centennial Ballroom. Organized by Minority Start-Up Association of Texas, the day long event is designed to facilitate knowledge sharing, relationship building and deal making amongst Central Texas Minority Businesses.
Industry experts will share their tips for success while providing information on how to get a prod¬uct idea off the ground. The conference will include a fast pitch session to investors for innovative start-ups in the growth phase who are interested in applying.
“Talent, drive and determination alone aren’t enough to propel you toward success in the business world,” says Irene Mwathi, founder and director of Minority Start-Up. “Through Minority Start-Up Conferences and networking events, we’re providing minority entrepreneurs with firsthand insight on how to take an idea from its initial phase to global status. We’re also providing a highly coveted chance to meet personally with prestigious Austin’s investment funding notables.”
One of the keynote speakers is Bertrand Sosa, co-founder of NetSpend Corporation; company started by two Sosa brothers with just $750.00 and now is the nation’s largest prepaid debit card company targeting the underserved which was sold for $700 million to Capital One Financial Group in 2007.
Currently Chief Marketing Officer of MPOWER Mobile, Sosa oversees the consumer strategy, product development and advertising and marketing initiatives. Carl Settles, CEO and founder of Media Xperiments will share on how to make an idea a reality for those who want to pursue their passion, but have been held back due to fear of losing a lifestyle or of the unknown.
A panel comprised of women powerhouses including Laura Thompson, Keely Petty, Valerie Taylor, Melinda Jackson, Peggy Smith will give insight on lessons learned and the art of leadership.
The Minority Start-Up is a non-profit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas that seeks to develop minority start-ups and growth companies into successful enterprises which help companies get to the next level by educating and providing the resources needed to prepare businesses for venture capital though proper guidance and understanding of what investors are looking for in these economic times.
Minority Start-Up has partnered with several investment groups around Texas and on the West Coast to help start-ups and high growth businesses in Central Texas, seek seed funding, angel funding to venture capital funding. Network resources include incubators, accelerators, angel investors and venture capital firms for high growth focused businesses.
To join this years fostering of the entrepreneurial spirit conference, visit www.goboshtx.com to review the agenda, learn about the speakers and to register.
By Monica Pena