Fri, 10 March 2023
On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Hayden Blackburn, executive director of TechFW and director of Cowtown Angels.
Based in Fort Worth, TX, Cowtown Angels is an angel network that connects entrepreneurs seeking early-stage funding with local investors in an environment that accelerates growth and rewards strategic risk-taking. Cowtown Angels is a program of TechFW, and is a member of the Angel Capital Association and the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks.
TechFW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been helping entrepreneurs launch and grow emerging technology companies since 1998. TechFW identifies entrepreneurs and startup companies with technologies that have a high potential for success in the marketplace.
Hayden has centered his career around social entrepreneurship and economic development. He is passionate about helping people realize their dreams and creating a positive impact in the world. Hayden coaches entrepreneurs commercializing innovative technologies, facilitates connections between entrepreneurs and angel investors, partners with universities to commercialize technologies, and is a leader in the development of an entrepreneurial culture and mindset across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
Hayden has helped organize multiple community staples for entrepreneurs, including Startup Weekend and 1 Million Cups Fort Worth. Hayden serves on the boards of organizations working in economic development and education, including Near Southside Inc., the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, and the International Business Innovation Association.
Hayden dives deep into the role of investors and founders, the importance of learning, and the future of Angel groups.
Visit Cowtown Angels at www.cowtownangels.org, www.linkedin.com/company/cowtown-angels-investor-network. And, TechFW at www.techfortworth.org/, https://www.linkedin.com/company/techfw-incubator-accelerator/.
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