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David Mendez Joins Techstars as Managing Director of the Arcadis Metropolis of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Earlier in 2018, Techstars and Arcadis introduced their new partnership and the Arcadis Metropolis of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Amsterdam. I’m very excited to function the Managing Director for this program!

From Company to Startup

After nearly 10 years within the company world with DuPont, GE, and Conoco, I acquired my first style of entrepreneurship after I cofounded a provide chain software program firm in Silicon Valley. After we offered the corporate, I used to be recruited to NYC to develop into a Managing Director for a brand new operational advisory agency and enterprise capital fund targeted on media applied sciences. This agency not solely taught me the fundamentals of VC investing, but additionally offered me the chance to spend a yr in London to work with a number of portfolio firms there.

After I returned to the U.S., I went out alone once more, and spent years digging deep into the operations at numerous startups as an advisor and operational companion. Working with a plethora of thrilling startups and serving to them in areas of funding, enterprise improvement, and fundamental operations was a particularly rewarding expertise, and the relationships I’ve maintained with most of the founders are nonetheless robust right this moment!   

My VC Profession

In 2013 I cofounded a VC agency, Capital A Companions alongside my Stockholm-based companion, with the mission of investing in early stage Nordic-based startups with the intention to bridge them to the U.S. market. An enormous a part of our position concerned working with founders to assist them set up a presence within the U.S. Even exterior of our portfolio, we shortly turned the go-to fund within the Nordics for founders needing assist in the U.S. The fund was deployed over the following couple of years: we’ve got skilled 4 exits so far, and we proceed to handle the varied portfolio.

We then turned companions with a seed stage enterprise agency, Butterfly Ventures, based mostly in Finland, and commenced investing by way of their third fund early in 2017.  Persevering with my enterprise capital profession, I additionally was introduced in as an advisor for an early stage fund, Good Progress Capital, based mostly between South Carolina and Boston. Being concerned with these funds has allowed me to be concerned with over 40 startups and much more founders.

The Future

Investing in primarily B2B applied sciences, with a number of client oddities alongside the best way, it turned clear to me that the commercial and infrastructure sector is the place an amazing quantity of innovation is happening now—and the place I see it persevering with within the instant future. In areas of IoT, and even with AR and VR, the alternatives to use new applied sciences and ideas to manufacturing, engineering, and design has expanded classes equivalent to sustainability, digitization, and human-computer interplay (HCI).

To me, it seems like my whole profession—my international investing expertise, working with over 40 startups in only a few years, the brand new areas of alternative in sustainability, digitization, and HCI, mixed with the worldwide community I’ve established throughout the previous years—all come collectively within the Arcadis Metropolis of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. I can’t wait to listen to your revolutionary concepts for growing applied sciences that can revolutionize how individuals stay, work, and journey in cities—each now, and sooner or later!

Apply right this moment to the Arcadis Metropolis of 2030 Accelerator—functions shut November 11, 2018!


David Mendez

David Mendez
David Mendez is a enterprise capitalist and the Managing Director of the Arcadis Metropolis of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Amsterdam, specializing in sensible metropolis and infrastructure applied sciences.

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