About Us

The startup and venture landscape is currently experiencing a surge of unprecedented growth, opening up a new frontier of opportunities.

About the Austin Venture Association

Austin Venture Association is a organization focused on supporting a community of VCs and organizations servicing early stage and emerging startups in Austin. Since the early 90’s, Austin has had the reputation for a proactive community culture helping professional people and businesses. Austin Venture Association is engaging this unique culture to provide strong business networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for investors, founders, and business professionals in Austin.

Our goal is supporting the Austin venture community in growing and building stronger businesses in Austin. We hope you consider joining Austin Venture Association to share in Austin’s amazing business connections valued by investors, entrepreneurs and businesses alike.

Our Mission

In 2021, we were uniquely founded to respond to the needs of Austinites, both new and existing. We focus on three key areas: amplifying and organizing the local greater venture community, education and professional development, and delivering exceptional emerging business support.

About Austin

In Austin, community and collaboration are at the heart of success. Our city's rich history of supporting one another is evident in the thriving business community. We understand that partnerships are crucial to our members' growth, which is why we are dedicated to connecting them with a diverse range of resources, including service providers, corporations, media outlets, business associations, and venues. Together, we strive to further the goals of our organization and strengthen our community.

Our Team

We aspire to surpass the expectations of our members, partners, and sponsors by putting an emphasis on cooperation, communication, and taking a customer-centric approach in everything that we do.


David Valentino

AVA Managing Director

AVA Position: Management

Umar Brimah

AVA Platform Director

AVA Position: Management

Ari Salafia

AVA Founder, Founder & CEO

AVA Position: Treasurer/Secretary & Founding Board Member

Monica Driscoll

VP Startup Banking Silicon Valley Bank

AVA Position: Advisory Board


Tim Donahue

Senior Vice President CBRE

AVA Position: Advisory Board


Adam Salvia

Partner Cherry Bekaert

AVA Position: Advisory Board


Carl Grant III

AVA Founder, CEO & Founder
Connexa Solutions LLC

AVA Position: Vice President & Founding Board Member


Chris Montgomery

SVP Business Development Cooley

AVA Position: Advisory Board


Chris Shonk

AVA Founder, General Partner
ATX Venture Partners

AVA Position: President & Chairman of the Board & Founding Board Member

Peggy Scott

CBI Group

AVA Position: Advisory Board


Vi Nugyen


AVA Position: Partnership Advisory Board


Tien Wong

CEO Opus8, Inc., Managing General Partner Phoenix Fund

AVA Position: Board Member 


Austin Venture Association

The Austin Venture Association is a 501 (c)(6) organization focused on the greater venture community supporting Austin’s startup ecosystem.

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