MIT Panel: Startup Funding in Texas

Join us for a unique opportunity to interact with Venture Capital & Private Equity executives and learn more about the state of today's investment community, including how start-ups raise money in the current economic environment in Texas.

Cost: Free with registration. Please RSVP, no walk-ins allowed due to building security.

Register NOW: This event has limited availability, so please register early.

6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00–7:10 p.m. Welcome & Panel Introduction
7:10–8:00 p.m. Panel: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Angel Investing in Texas
8:00–8:30 p.m. Q&A
8:30–9:00 p.m. Networking

Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Fossil Group
901 S. Central Expwy. Richardson TX 75080

Cost: No Cost but you must register in advance.
No Walk-ins.

Register: Click HERE to register!


  • David Sym-Smith - Partner - Mobility Ventures
  • Felipe Mendoza - Managing Director - Aristos Ventures
  • Matt Himelfarb - Managing Partner - Dallas Venture Partners
  • Scurry Johnson – Co-founder – Capital Conceptions (VC)

David Sym-Smith is a Partner at Mobility Ventures and CEO at Indotraq who has developed the fastest and most precise wireless indoor tracking system. David is a 25 year mobile industry veteran and has a solid record of building multimillion dollar operations from scratch along with profitable exits.

David has served as senior executive of global corporations as well as a multiple startups. He has a proven record of success in launching new markets, starting new business groups, building sales channels, introducing new products and services, turnarounds, winning market share and exceeding all revenue and sales goals. David has also held senior management positions at Tele Atlas, InnoPath, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, GTE, St. Gobain (France) and The Hay Group. He holds an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University – Smeal College of Business.

Felipe Mendoza is the Managing Director of Aristos Ventures, a micro venture capital fund focusing on early stage technology companies in Texas. Felipe was formerly at Dallas based Silver Creek Ventures, an early stage, information technology, venture capital firm where he was the CFO and Associate. Felipe received a MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He holds 5 patents with one pending.

Matt Himelfarbt - Matt is a Managing Partner at Dallas Venture Partners ("DVP"), a venture capital firm he founded in July of 2011. He is an entrepreneurial JD/MBA who has sourced, underwritten, negotiated and closed a wide variety of private equity transactions during his career in venture capital. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and currently serves as a member of AgSolver Inc.'s Board of Directors. He formerly served as a director at both Yvolver, Inc. (sold to Opera Software) and DeviceFidelity, Inc.(sold to Square, Inc.) Including DVP, Matt has founded 3 companies and he has served as a CFO and General Counsel for many of his portfolio investments (Phynd Technologies & Yvolver). Matt received both his law and business degrees from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in Finance. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colgate University

Scurry Johnson - Mr. Johnson founded Capital Conceptions Inc., a Dallas based Venture Capital Firm in 1999. Capital Conceptions invests in high potential new-physical-science-based companies and in leverage buyout /growth equity primarily in the oil and gas services and exploration/production sectors. Mr. Johnson co-founded Neuro Resource Group, Inc. ("NRG") and served on the Board of Directors of various oil services companies and of NRG and NovaCentrix/NanoTechnologies Inc. He was previously a Partner with Hass Wheat & Partners, a major buyout firm based in Dallas, Texas and a Sr. Associate of Mason Best Company, another Dallas buyout firm. Mr. Johnson served on the Board of Directors of portfolio companies at Hass Wheat and was an Investment Banking Officer at NCNB for over 2 years. Mr. Johnson was briefly with Goldman Sachs and Co. in Corporate Finance and Mortgage Finance in New York and was a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco. Mr. Johnson received a B.S. – Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MSM – Finance from the MIT Sloan School.