Southwest Venture Forum


In 1990, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship assumed responsibility for operating the Southwest Venture Forum, which had been founded by a local venture capital firm in 1984. The non-profit forum is a bimonthly breakfast meeting where entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses meet with venture investors and the professional community to solicit financing and obtain advice.

Entrepreneurs present 2-3 page business plans or executive summaries that describe:

  • The opportunity and business concept.
  • The existing or proposed products and/or services.
  • The industry and target markets in which they will operate.
  • Accomplishments of key management personnel.
  • Summarized financial projections of sales, profits, and cash flows.
  • What they are seeking in terms of financing to build their company.
  • Please submit at least 5 weeks before next forum to

Following the presentations by selected entrepreneurs, current venture financing topics are discussed by prominent investors or expert panels. Membership in the forum consists of entrepreneurs, venture investors, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and consultants working with early- and intermediate-stage growth-oriented entrepreneurs and their firms.

The Southwest Venture Forum cordially invites you to

Topic: Politics and Business

  • Date, Time & Location - Thursday, November 17, 2022
    • 7:00 AM Check-in/Coffee/Networking
    • 7:30 AM - Plated breakfast
  • 8:00 AM Program begins
  • Location: Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. Dallas, TX 75225
  • Registration will close – November 14, 2022.

Speaker: Tom Leppert, Former Mayor of the City of Dallas, Board Chair, Member of Corporate Boards, and Investor.

Moderator: Patrick F. Hamner, Managing Director at Patriot Capital, Adjunct Lecturer - MBA program at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business

For more information, contact Nancy J. Hong at

Regular Registration

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