Meet the First Cohort Fellows
Carlos Ivan Cuesta
NMSU - Las Cruces
Carlos is an MBA student at New Mexico State University. He is interested in Fintech startups and financial management.
UTEP - EL paso
Iffat is an MBA student with a concentration in Finance at UTEP. She is interested in Saas companies, VC and Cryptocurrencies.
Javier Brandon Lopez
UTEP- el paso
Javier is an Engineering Leadership student with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is interested in aviation, transportation, and automated systems.
Jose Flores Gomez
utep - el paso
Jose is an Engineering Leadership student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is interested in green tech startups, automation and venture capital
UTEP - El Paso
Maximo is an Engineering Leadership student at the University of Texas at El Paso.
UTEP - El Paso
Misael is a Financial Analyst student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is interested in Financial Advising and Venture Capital.
Priscila is a Financial Management student at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Chihuahua.
Coach To Fire Fellows
Paul Thallner is is an organizational development expert, advisor, executive coach, and facilitator committed to helping teams make the world’s best workplaces. He will be serving as a coach for the FIRE Fellows.
It is widely recognized that most of the world has entered a fourth industrial revolution economy driven by emerging technologies that are radically changing societies. According to the World Economic Forum, “the fourth industrial revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines.”
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy (FIRE) Venture Fellowship is a competitive program focused on training select Borderplex university students in venture capital for the benefit of the regional startup ecosystems. FIRE Fellows will undertake a one-year training and apprenticeship. Over the course of this year, fellows will learn about investment, venture capital, and startup entrepreneurship. Students will put this learning to practice by creating investment memos on real companies, creating their own investment theses, and working within their desired field of focused investing. All of this will be supplemented through curated internships with partner firms outside of our ecosystem. This will enable the fellows to gain valuable knowledge to our region and put that knowledge into practice.
Our mission is to create a greater talent pool in the field of Venture Capital as an additional resource offering to our developing startup ecosystem.
Our vision is to create the future generation of venture capitalists which will allocate capital to our region and drive growth to the next wave of entrepreneurship which will consume traditional industries.
Who is this for?
The FIRE Venture Fellowship was built for university students of all majors from the Borderplex region. This includes El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez. Applicants should be interested in entrepreneurship and investing as their potential future career path.
What is it?
The fellowship is a new concept to our region with the purpose of giving the fellows a new career path in venture capital after completing their studies.
What will I do if I am accepted?
Fellows are expected to do minimal reading each week in preparation for weekly meetings. Weekly meetings will cover the content read during the week and additional content to better grasp the learning. There will also be various modules that the fellows will complete that will mirror real work that they will encounter working at a venture firm. Total work per week will vary as the fellowship progresses, but a minimum of 3 hours is expected for readings and the weekly meetings.
How long is it?
The fellowship lasts one year with a summer internship to finish.
How much does it cost?
Free. There is no cost for fellows, including materials and travel.
Phase 1: Fundamentals of VC and Ecosystems
Phase 2: What does it take to get a deal done? Terms and Practices
Phase 3: Personal Project
Phase 4: Personal Project Implementation
Phase 5: Pursuit of Intership