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Hours with Experts

Working on a new venture and have questions? Get advice from professionals on how to take the next step in topics such as funding and financing, tax law, intellectual property and incorporation from experts at the Apex Center.

About this program

Hours with Experts puts students in a room one-on-one with a professional to answer your questions about starting a new venture. Lawyers, designers, accountants, professional investors and early-stage startup specialists are among some of the different professionals available.

Hours with Experts are held on-demand using automated calendar scheduling. Students book a slot and come with questions.

Meet our Experts

Derick Maggard

Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Headshot of Derrick Maggard

Derick is a habitual entrepreneur, having founded and then exited several successful businesses including Legacy Home Healthcare and Prescott Indoor Soccer. Following a stint at Utah’s vSpring Capital, he joined start-up Mangia Technologies where he created and managed technology partnerships with NBA, NHL, MLS, NFL and NCAA sports franchises.

Ask Derick about:

  • early-stage ventures
  • healthcare and medical startups
  • sports technology and services

Fourd Kemper

Woods Rogers PLC

Fourd Kemper

Fourd Kemper focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture and seed capital financing, licensing, intellectual property, and the representation of high-tech entrepreneurs at Woods Rogers PLC.

Ask Fourd about:

  • licensing
  • intellectual property & patenting
  • corporate structure

Howard Haines

Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Head and shoulders portrait photo of Howard Haines

Howard has taught entrepreneurship at numerous Universities and spends most of his time helping student founders to figure out the next step in their new venture journey.  In this role Howard serves students of all disciplines to help them discover their passions, connect them to an extended support system, and provide foundational entrepreneurship skills.

Ask Howard about:

  • how to get started… or to get unstuck
  • building cross functional teams
  • accelerator programs

James Ramey

Middleland Capital

James Ramey

James Ramey is a Principal at Middleland Capital where he manages the VTC Innovation Fund through deal sourcing, due diligence, deal and closing document review negotiation, portfolio monitoring, and other day-to-day operations.

Ask James about:

  • funding your startup
  • developing innovative technologies
  • venture capital

Sean Collins

Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Head and shoulders portrait photo of Sean Collins

Sean is passionate about building technology products, teams and organizations that create value.   His diverse background includes stints at early-stage companies and operating roles in training, product development, technology, marketing and sales.

Ask Sean about:

  • early-stage ventures
  • multi-sided platforms (dual-sided marketplaces)
  • customer acquisition

Ready to talk?

Schedule an appointment:

Spring ’20 dates coming soon!

We add new experts and dates as they become available.

Questions? Email us or swing by Pamplin 3002.

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Program Sponsors

1901 Group, Grant Thornton, Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law, Silicon Valley Bank
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