Cowtown Angels

Cowtown Angels Fellows: Real Money. Real Companies. Real Investors.

TCU MBAs learn what it takes to be an angel investor who directly impacts the success of local entrepreneurs and their early-stage companies.

September 26,  2017

By TCU MBA Voices Blog

[Excerpt from Neeley Magazine] – For Luke Wittenbraker MBA ’13, his time as a Cowtown Angels Fellow was the capstone of his TCU MBA experience. 

“Working side by side with some of the smartest people in the DFW area, performing research and analysis, building models and exploring opportunities to invest was the most significant experience in my TCU education,” he said. “It changed the way I think and act with regard to valuation and making educated decisions.”

Each year, two TCU MBAs are chosen to join Cowtown Angels, which connects entrepreneurs seeking early-stage funding with local angel investors. 

As Cowtown Angels Fellows, the MBAs work alongside the angel investors and participate in every aspect of the funding opportunity, from the initial pitch to the final decision on which start-ups to sponsor.

MBA student Amenemopé McKinney has pre-screened entrepreneur applicants, facilitated monthly forums and performed due diligence. She has evaluated business proposals and researched their profit potential. The experience, she said, has inspired her to follow her entrepreneurial dreams. 

“The Cowtown Angels Fellows program takes Neeley to another level,” Amenemopé said. “There are not many places that give students the opportunity to take part in the growing entrepreneurship community from the investor side.”

Wittenbraker is now director of marketing and sales for Mactech On-Site, an energy equipment firm housed at TECH Fort Worth, where Cowtown Angels is also located. And he is a full investor with Cowtown Angels, so he can continue to directly impact the success of local entrepreneurs and their early-stage companies. 

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