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About Seed Sumo
Seed Sumo, located in Bryan/College Station, TX is a mentorship driven accelerator that will assist young entrepreneurs with turning their early-stage startups into successful businesses.
We run a three month long program in Bryan/College Station, TX (near Texas A&M University) once each year. We’re very selective – hundreds of companies apply and we only take about ten companies each year. These companies get $20,000 - $50,000 in seed funding, in exchange for 6-10% equity. Seed Sumo founders also get great perks such as free hosting, world-class branding services, finance/legal counseling , an amazing place to work, 100 days of intensive top-notch mentorship, and a massive network of connections.
During the 100-day period, which will begin mid-May and conclude in late August, accepted co-founders ideate, strategize, research, build, test-market, and as the program culminates, fine tune their pitch which each startup shares in front of a large investor audience called “Demo Day”. If the startup’s founders are successful at demo day, they will attract larger investments capable of taking their respective business to the next level. Founders will be exposed to a heavy dose of mentorship designed to provide priceless insights from dozens of highly skilled and successful entrepreneurs, executives and business owners.
There is immeasurable value in the mentorship-driven connections and advice each startup receives once accepted into the Seed Sumo program. When the program concludes, being an alumni does not. The supportive network of Seed Sumo alumni, mentors, and investors is unrivaled.
The Seed Sumo Accelerator Program will be marketed heavily at Texas A&M University and other Colleges, nationally through mentor/investor networks, online, and at various related events across Texas. Seed Sumo is proud to be involved with the Global Accelerator Network, which is a network of around 60 of the top acceleration programs in the world. Historically, companies going thru similar “Accelerator” type programs go on to average more than $1.5M raised in outside capital after the program.
Doss is the Managing Partner and CEO of Woodbolt International, an award winning company headquartered in Bryan, TX.
Woodbolt is the fastest growing sports nutrition company in the World, and is currently a back-to-back-to-back recipient of the INC 500|5000 honor. Under his leadership, Woodbolt International has grown its workforce from less than 10 employees to just over 100 today.
Dustin’s background includes online merchandising, category management, procurement, negotiating, product branding, and e-commerce.
Dustin has quickly moved his way up in the ranks of the sports nutrition world and is now Chief Operating Officer for the fastest growing sports nutrition company in the world.
Manish is a serial entrepreneur with a deep understanding of brand development, viral marketing, business development, application development and social entrepreneurship.
An entrepreneur with a variety of interests, including technology, nutraceuticals, real estate, and investing in young startups seeking growth capital.
Manish has a deep interest in social entrepreneurship and is always looking to connect with passionate philanthropists that dedicate their lives to making a difference.
Bryan oversees the day to day operations of Seed Sumo. He is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, advisor, and mentor, who is passionate about making a difference and positively impacting people’s lives.
Bryan has cofounded dozens of companies over the last 15 years, some were acquired, some still active and some failed miserably. He believes he learned the most from the one’s that failed.
Bryan is very active in the startup community and serves as a mentor at Startup Aggieland. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, cross-fit, reading, great restaurants, fly-fishing, and traveling. He is married to Ashley (the sweetest girl he’s ever met) and has an amazing son named Knox.
DJ is in charge of the day to day activities during the program.
Working in project management with the largest construction & engineering firm in the world, DJ keeps our founders organized, motivated and on track.
In his free time, he enjoys golf, cross-fit, duck hunting, fishing, and anything else that involves being outdoors.
Steve is a natural connector and makes sure we are using all of our resources properly, as well as communicating to the community that we are a valuable resource for them.
Steve is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Woodbolt International and is responsible for; oversight of cash management, financing, risk management, treasury, accounting, cost analysis, asset management and integration of communication between departments.
Steve was the Founder, CEO and President of the Brazos Valley Bank, growing the financial intuition to approximately 200 million in assets. He has more than twenty-eight (28) years in commercial banking, audit, and regulatory experience including origination of credit, credit administration and policy. Expertise in raising capital, cash management, liquidity, and has a proven track record in regards to cost savings and efficiency.
Steve has been a consultant for the past three years and has successfully restructured approximately $30MM in debt on existing multifamily properties, resolved approximately $300K in real estate litigation, provided expertise and the restructure and workout of a bankruptcy, of approximately $100MM in principal balance, placed $60MM in non-conventional commercial loans with banks and private investors, provided due diligence on a loan package of approximately $400MM for private investors, plus provided all environmental and appraisal reviews relating to the portfolio. Raised over $30MM in private funds, for investments in commercial real estate and C&I loans.
Steve holds a Bachelors in Finance from Oklahoma State and is a Certified Financial Examiner.