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Making dreams come true, right here in Central Texas.

In 2022, Austin FC and Q2 Holdings Inc. are bringing back the 2022 Austin FC Dream Starter Competition, which is presented by Q2 in collaboration with DivInc, an Austin-based nonprofit.

The second annual business initiative invites Austin entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups to apply and compete for $100,000 in “Dream Starter” funds to accelerate their entrepreneurial venture.

From the initial applicant group, five (5) finalists were selected to participate in a Pitch Contest on Wednesday, June 8, at Q2 Stadium. Each finalist’s presentation will be evaluated by a diverse group of representatives from Austin FC, Q2 Holdings Inc., and other executives from the Austin entrepreneurial community. The Austin FC Dream Starter Competition winner will be announced to the public and honored with a check presentation during halftime at the Austin FC vs. FC Dallas match on Saturday, June 25.

In 2021, Anthony Gantt, CEO of At Ease Rentals Corporation, was selected as the inaugural Austin FC Dream Starter Competition winner.

7.2 Dreamstarter winner

For a complete list of terms and conditions about the Austin FC Dream Starter Competition, click here.

2022 Dream Starter Judges

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Carlos Carvajal, Chief Marketing Officer, Q2

As Q2’s chief marketing officer (CMO), Carlos leads marketing vision, strategy, and initiatives to elevate brand awareness and drive demands for Q2’s industry-leading digital banking and lending solutions. He’s also responsible for spreading the word about Q2’s people-first culture, unparalleled industry expertise, and the differentiated value and success Q2 delivers to customers.

Carlos brings a wealth of knowledge to Q2, having served as CMO at K2, a low-code automation solution leader, where he evolved the company’s go-to-market approach. At Kony, Carlos led marketing efforts, including the creation and launch of Kony’s next-generation digital banking vision and brand, which led to Kony’s successful acquisition by Temenos.

Carlos has spent over 20 years in transformational digital technology, including web content management and advanced personalization at Vignette, artificial intelligence and machine learning for predictive recommendations at Baynote, and mobile-first innovation at Kony.

Carlos is passionate about building highly collaborative, high-performing teams committed to excellence and delivering strong results. Off the clock, Carlos enjoys exploring new places with his family, attending concerts across the country with his daughter, and cheering on his favorite teams with his son.

Verónica Rosas Fernández, Chief Operating Officer & Finance, Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation

Verónica Rosas Fernández is the Chief Operating Officer for the Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation. The Foundation, headquartered in Austin, TX, has a mission to address advanced educational attainment for Latino students who are low income and the 1st generation in their family to go to college or university. These students are from five geographic regions in Texas to include Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. As COO, Verónica leads the operations and finance functions for the Foundation.

Verónica joined the Foundation in June of 2021 after leading Elephant Labs, Inc. - Claimbot as their COO/CFO where she was instrumental in their capital raise led by Google. Prior to that role Verónica spent 20+ years providing financial analysis and compliance guidance for companies like American Express, Merrill Lynch and AT&T. Verónica lends her skills to several local non-profit causes that are close to her heart. She is the past Board Chair and Treasurer for Con Mi MADRE, an organization that provides educational programming for Latina teenagers in Texas. At the Long Center she served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Finance Chair and Secretary, where she helped lead finance and development activities. Verónica is also a member of the 4ATX Foundation Board providing access to youth development and leadership opportunities to the community through soccer. At the Zilker Elementary PTA she led the charge for the implementation of a Spanish Language Immersion program. Verónica is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and traveling. She feels blessed to raise her family in Austin, Texas, her hometown.

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Marcus Stroud

Marcus Stroud, Managing Partner, TXV Partners

Marcus is a founding partner at TXV. He focuses on investments across consumer technology and software. At TXV, he has invested into companies such as Oura, Future, Kambr (acquired) and several others. Prior to TXV, Marcus was a partner at ClG, and associate at Vida Capital and MarketAxess. Marcus has been named to the DCEO 500 as one of the 500 most powerful leaders in North Texas for both 2020 and 2021, and was recognized as a member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2022. He serves on the board of Dallas based Trey Athletes. He received his B.A. from Princeton where he played on the football team.

Jill Klinvex, Venture Principal, Capitol Factory

As Venture Principal, Jill manages the Capital Factory Venture Fund and new investment opportunities. Prior to becoming Principal, Jill was a Senior Associate at Capital Factory, where she sourced and invested in startup companies for their Ventures portfolio and Investment Fund.

Prior to Capital Factory, Jill launched her career in venture capital at Loeb Enterprises, billionaire Michael Loeb's private family office in NYC. At Loeb Enterprises, Jill evaluated new investment opportunities and worked extensively with portfolio companies such as Thnks and AllTheRooms. Jill's passion for venture capital is fueled by her desire to help historically underrepresented groups have access to capital in order to build the future of our world.

Outside of her role as Venture Principal at Capital Factory, Jill is an angel investor and member of Beam Angel Network. Current angel investments include Apptronik, ZenBusiness and Tabella.

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Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke, CEO & Founder at The Mentor Method

Janice Omadeke is the Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method, an easy-to-use software that helps companies build mentorship programs at scale. Janice has been inducted into the Techstars Class of 2022, won the Best CEO Award by Austin Business Journal, Profiles in Power from the Austin Business Journal, and the Moontower Rising Changemaker Award. Black Enterprise also recognizes her as one of DC’s Top 5 Black Women in Tech. Forbes inducted her into the Forbes Next 1000 Class of 2021 and she’s been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, and Business Insider. She is also a contributor for Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Additionally, Janice is certified in Entrepreneurship from MIT and is PMP certified with over 10 years of corporate leadership experience for Fortune 500 companies.

Andy Loughnane, President, Austin FC

As President of Austin FC, Andy Loughnane (pronounced “Lock-nane”) oversees all aspects of Austin FC’s business operations including construction of infrastructure; community engagement; ticketing; sponsorships; marketing and communications; digital and social platforms; media distribution; merchandise; food and beverage; and stadium operations. Loughnane’s sports and entertainment background has encompassed leadership and sales roles across three major leagues in North America: MLS, NBA, and NHL. Loughnane has served as President of Austin FC since the formation of the Club.  

Under Loughnane’s leadership, Austin FC enjoyed one of the most successful expansion seasons in professional sports history in 2021, ranking near the top of the league in multiple key performance areas. Austin FC was the only club in MLS to sell out 100 percent of its home matches in 2021, ranked first in the league in merchandise sales, and ranked second in the league in sponsorship sales, among other successes – all of which culminated in the Club being nominated for Sports Business Journal’s Sports Team of the Year award. 

Prior to arriving in Austin, Loughnane served as President of Business Operations for the MLS club in Columbus from 2014 through the completion of the 2018 season. Prior to his tenure in Columbus, Loughnane oversaw all sponsorship and media sales initiatives as VP of Corporate Partnerships for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons from 2012 - 2014. 

Loughnane previously helped launch a major league franchise as a member of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets’ inaugural front office staff. Prior to his role with the Blue Jackets, Loughnane worked for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings from 1996 – 2000 which included the franchise’s back-to-back Stanley Cup runs in 1996-1997 and 1997-1998. 

Loughnane is a graduate of Miami University (OH) and resides in Austin.

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