You have a great idea, now what? The path from a great idea to a thriving business is filled with challenges. You need a strong management team and a solid business plan along with expertise in markets, finances and product development. Many startups fail trying to navigate those challenges on their own.
Entrepreneurs at the MCA Innovation Center benefit from connecting with seasoned and expert professionals who know what to watch out for and how to adjust to surprises along the way. Let us introduce you to the advisors and mentors you’ll be excited to listen to on your journey.
Aaron Chiu is Chief Operating Officer of Seisa Group, a premier full-service medical device manufacturer with multiple facilities in North America and Europe. Chiu’s strengths are in strategic planning and execution. He has lead several strategic restructurings, taking on additional rolls to successfully launch new initiatives such as R&D and turn-key product capabilities.
The Entrepreneur in Residence:
Will Jewell recently retired after 10 years as Chief Accounting Officer of Western Refining, a Fortune 500 company. His experience includes 18 years in the public accounting sector with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
The Executive in Residence:
President and CEO of High Desert Capital, LLC
Edward Escudero is President and CEO of High Desert Capital, LLC, a finance company that specializes in providing capital alternatives to small and mid-size companies. Previously, he was the Executive Vice-President and CFO of C&R Distributing, a major distributor of fuel and lubricants and owner of various convenience stores in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He also served as the Secretary and CFO of Petro Shopping Centers, L.P.
The Investor in Residence:
The MCA Resource Network is made up of trusted businesses and individuals who have agreed to provide discounted, pro bono or in-kind services to the technology startups at the Innovation Center.
The following types of businesses play an important part in the economic development of your startup:
Experienced business leaders provide indispensable value to the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
At the MCA Innovation Center, the people serving as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Investor in Residence (IIR) and Executive in Residence (ExIR) are important contributors to innovation center programming and the mentorship of technology startup companies.
They are available to:
In addition to the EIR/IIR/ExIR, a community of mentors actively support the MCA Innovation Center and client companies. The EIR/IIR/ExIR assist with mentor recruitment and development of programs to attract and engage high-value mentors.
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