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Ask Me Anything About Applying to an Accelerator, with Joe Merrill

Join us for a crash course in how to submit your absolute best accelerator application! Brought to you by DivInc and Sputnik ATX.

Location: Meet @ Relay Event Space 1023 Springdale, bldg 11 Austin, TX 78721

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Joe Merrill is the co-founder and Partner of Sputnik ATX, and Partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Apply to the DivInc Accelerator at
Due June 14

Apply to the Sputnik Accelerator at

Due June 28

Earlier Event: April 30
Sputnik ATX Demo Day: Winter 2019 Class
Later Event: June 13
Office Hours with Joe Merrill