Serial Entrepreneur | Startup Evangelist | Investor | Speaker
– Jorge’s passion is launching and growing companies, and helping others do the same. He is a serial entrepreneur, startup evangelist, speaker, and business startup coach. Jorge’s primary focus is taking companies to scale. He does this by utilizing his specific areas of expertise, which include: developing commercialization strategies, building effective sales models and securing startup funding. He has started and/or been a part of, the executive team, at numerous companies most notably in telecommunications, software, and information technology, with financially successful exits in each market segment. The most recent companies he has coached and mentored have had a focus in the life sciences, with an emphasis in medical devices.
He is an international speaker on topics related to the overall nature of startups, startup funding (angel and venture capital), and entrepreneurship as a driver for economic development. Jorge led thinktank sessions in 2016 at the University of Norway Tromso on developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Norway for startups, with emphasis on Bio- sustainable products and services. He is also frequently called to testify to the Texas House Committee on Finance and Investments on governmental funding strategies as a means to drive economic growth in Texas.
Jorge was formerly Director of TECH Fort Worth, a non-profit organization focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow emerging technology companies. Efforts of TECH Fort Worth are largely recognized through programs such as the Cowtown Angels, an angel investors network in Fort Worth previously managed by Jorge Varela. During his almost 5 years at TECH Forth Worth, he and his team contributed to the financial success of clients, totaling over $4 Billion. From 2012 to 2017 he was Associate Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation on Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR and STTR) grants.
Jorge is unconventional in practice, and a certified risk-taker. He believes successful entrepreneurs will make the world a better place through:
- the creation of wealth, jobs, and economic opportunities globally; and
- improving the quality of life through the commercialization of new technologies.
His personal goal is to positively IMPACT the world through entrepreneurship.
He is the Chair of BioNorth Texas, and serves on the board for the International Business Innovation Association, and the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks.
Jorge considers his native Belize as “home”, but has a great understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, thanks to his international travels. He is most happy when he is near or on the open sea.
Want to know more? He’s probably the most approachable person you’ve ever met – just reach out.