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  • Today’s newsletter shares Jose Carlos Sarmiento’s founder story!
  • Unsure what to do during SXSW? Check out the FIESTA Calendar, where you can find unofficial SXSW events that don't require a badge.

Upcoming Events 📅:

  • There’s a lot happening next week during SXSW. Explore upcoming events on the FIESTA calendar! We’ve added lots of exciting events to the calendar.
  • For those signed up for Capital Factory House, here’s the agenda of what they have going on, but you must register to attend, and the same is true for most events found on the calendar.
  • The next FIESTA is on March 21, 2023!  

If you know of any events that would benefit founders, send the information to to be added to the calendar.

Did You Know 🧠:

Out of 564 community members surveyed, 161 are pre-seed and 70 are in the seed stage, 15 are series A, and 9 are series B or higher.

Community highlight 💡 :

Meet Jose Carlos Sarmiento, founder of Vertikal X, NeXt Gen SPORTS Tech.

“Vertikal X started as a consequence of an innovative way to scale a training performance facility business hilted by Covid in 2020. And also as the challenges its Founder, Jose Carlos "Charlie" Sarmiento faced as an athlete 22 years ago to fund and accelerate its sports career. ”

Carlos is looking for introductions to Angel Investors and information about upcoming pitch events. Learn more about Vertikal X and connect with Jose Carlos Sarmiento here.

Job Opportunities 💸:

  • Alex Griffin: “Looking for people to help promote SunShader outside during SXSW. If you know anyone in town or any UT students or colleagues who could use the extra cash, please ask them to email me at - Offering a paid role plus commission fee on sales.”

Request for Help 👋🏼:

  • Cherie Werner: “We are still looking for an event photographer, please reach out to”
  • Jessie Wang: “Hello, everyone! My company has over 80 female college students who work for us part-time. I would love to provide them with some online seminar/meet-up opportunities that they may find helpful. Would you point me in the right direction regarding any events that may be helpful or empowering for my girls? Many thanks!”

Helpful Opportunities / Resources 💫:

  • The Startup of the Year Fast Pitch taking place at Jack’s Upstairs (E. 6th Street, Austin) in the Established® Lounge on March 12 from 12 -1 PM! If you are interested in participating in the Startup of the Year ATX Fast-Pitch event, click here to apply.
  • Are you a startup in energy innovation or energy transition? SixLab by Studio X has a singular mission—to accelerate the pace of innovation in climate tech and energy transition. We're accepting applications for our 2023 climate tech accelerator program and will invest up to $250k in pre-seed startups for a small equity stake. Learn more and apply today at

Special Offers by Founders for Founders 🚀:

  • Eric Grafstrom: “Hi all, I am a long-time member of this great community and both a founder and start-up coach. As a coach, I provide founders and startup teams actionable advice based on front-line experience working with over 20 VC-backed startups as an exec and a founder. You can book a single session or meet on a regular basis. Learn more here and schedule a time to see if I can help”

Do you have any special offers you’d like to offer the FIESTA community? Reply to this email.

Stay updated 🔮:

Want to continue the party after the meetup events? Join us on Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, or Instagram! Stay updated about events, learn about other founders in the community, and get access to more resources!

That's all we have for this week. If you'd like to tell your founder story, be featured as a community member, share a celebration, or ask a question, please respond to this email! We'd love to hear from you.

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