Teo Tijerina 

Teo Tijerina is currently the Director of Social Enterprises for Southwest Key Enterprises, a division of Southwest Key Programs. In this role, he has P&L responsibility for SW Key’s businesses focused on creating jobs for low income individuals in East Austin, and generating funds to support Southwest Key’s social programs. 

From 2005-2013, Teo served as Executive Director & Founder of EDCO Ventures, a 501 (c) (3) business development organization that partnered with IP owners, risk capital groups, and entrepreneurs to commercialize technologies and launch innovative business ideas in economically distressed communities. Some of the notable startups assisted by EDCO include Plasma2Energy, KPS Partners LLC, CherryFusion, MiniDonations, and Tevido Biodevices.

From 2012-2013, Teo also worked as a Venture Manager for Cielo Private Equity, where he spearheaded the capitalization of the Innovacion Fund, and other deals in the areas of renewable energy and agribusiness. 

In 2004, Teo co-founded Innovei International in El Paso, Texas, and successfully exited in 2011. Teófilo’s prior experiences includes several technical and managerial roles at Dell, Conexant, MFI International, and Dow Chemicals. 

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and he was also a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program at the University of Texas El Paso from 2002-2004, where he focused his studies on economic development and the interactions between business and society. Teófilo was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico, and was raised in McAllen, TX. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1991. Teófilo Tijerina maintains citizenship status in both the United States and México.

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