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➡️ The next FIESTA is on October 18th! RSVP here.

Quick Announcements 📢:

  • Friday was the kickoff for First Friday’s Founders Fundraising. This was a full day of focused on fundrasing: what is workings, providing feedback to one another, and intently working for five hours. They have room for a few female founders that are currently fundraisng. If interested. reach out to Casey Bell Davis or Jake Stevens about the next event on 11/4.
  • Monday was our 3rd gathering of Female Founders, FUNDers, and Friends. We had a full house and great conversations. These comments sum up the event:

“This event made my week…[incredible] space for female empowerment!”

“Love the open and honest space these events create.”

"It was so inspiring to meet these impressive entrepreneurs and successful women. I made numerous connections and have so many great people I’ll be reaching out to!”

Upcoming Events 📅:

View the FIESTA calendar to see what is happening in the ATX startup community.

Member News 🎉:

  • Congratulations to Mario Soave with CleverFi, CYBER PITCH 2022 WINNER! If you are in cybersecurity, take note of this event and apply here to pitch next year.  
  • Out of hundreds of applicants, 2 companies that have pitched at FIESTA were selected as finalists in the 43North#startup competition! Congratulations to Juan Munguia @Aeronautical EngineerM Aerospace RTC and @Alex Porter & Timothy Porter Mod Tech Labs! Wishing you all the best luck.
  • Congratulations Aidan Vogel, Founder & CEO of Swyftlyt and Destin George Bell,Founder of,  both recently closed on a round of funding.  

Do you have any news you’d like to share? Reply to this email or post in the #celebration channel in our Slack group. We’d love to celebrate with you!

Founder Story 📚:

Meet Raja Sampathi, founder, and CEO of calmcorporate, a company that enables organizations and people to build deeper relationships through mndfulness.

“I started calmcorporate during the pandemic. A few months into the start of CV-19, even though the Management Consulting role I had got tougher and longer, I was actually leading a very joyful life. The reason was because I was taking the essence of my spiritual practices and applying it to my work and life. Pretty soon I had a divine calling - “congrats on figuring out life (some), now share this with the rest of the world" and here I am, transitioned into a Self-Actualization Consultant enabling organizations & people build deeper relationships through mindfulness.”

You can learn more about Raja and Calmcorporate here. If Raja’s story resonates with you, you can reach out here.

We would love to share YOUR founder's story. Fill in this form to be featured.

Job Opportunities 💸:

Do you have any job opportunities you’d like to share? Post in the #job-opportunity Slack group. Don’t have access? Reply to this email.

Request for Help 👋🏼:

  • FIESTA needs your help.  We need help at events, providing leads on future sponorships, hosting smaller events or dinners, etc.. Use this form to indicate how you can give back to the FIESTA community.
  • Alonso Mujica: “Hey guys, random question for the group, but if anyone can help, it would be awesome. Any family with kids that can recommend babysitters? Please, whoever has advice here, dm me! thank you so much.” Message Alonso here.
  • Josh Stubbs: “I am in need of a bit of help! I moved to Austin (and America) a few weeks ago and I am super happy and settled in, but I am starting fresh here and on the hunt for some work.” You can view Josh’s Resume in Slack and send him a DM if anything comes to mind.
  • Danny Feltsman: “Family tech company Generation Transfer is looking to build out their founding team with a head of product and technical co-founder.” You can message Danny here and learn more about the product here.
  • Ben Beverly:<> “Who are the best startup executive recruiters or search firms for Austin-based roles? Thanks!” Message Ben here.

Helpful Opportunities / Resources 💫:

  • Keiarra: “Hey, everyone! I am currently part of the lab staff at the advanced manufacturing lab/ business incubator at ACC.  It is like the bioscience incubator, but for hardware. The IMPACT Lab will have its grand opening October 14! If you are a hardware startup looking for lab space, or if this event just peaks your interest, please RSVP for free with this link.”
  • The Notley Fellowship is a two-year professional development cohort-based program that helps rising leaders move from passion to action while creating a sustainable impact in their local community.  You must be 40 or younger to apply. Applications are now open through December 1, 2022, for the next Fellow classes in both Austin and San Antonio.
  • Divinc will be hosting their 5th annual Champions of Change Awards, March 2023. Nominate someone in the tech community making a difference.  
  • AMA is hosting a recruitment event on October 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the McCombs building. If anyone’s interested in hiring graduates, they can contact our VP of Events, Ishita Ahuja, directly at
  • Divinc’s Women in Tech Accelerator applications close October 30th.  They are looking for female startups making waves. It that you?

Special thanks to, Pro Colombia, KOYA, and Capital Factory for making FIESTA’s September event possible! And welcome Evisio, who is taking the guesswork out of SEO by telling you exactly what to do to improve your rankings and making SEO simple by bringing all the parts of your SEO process together in one place.

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