Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs)

The Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are seasoned professionals who engage directly with VelocityTX client companies to help accelerate their journey toward commercializing groundbreaking innovations in biotech, medical device, and healthcare IT. VelocityTX network of EIRs is powered by some of San Antonio’s most successful entrepreneurs, investors, business, and top industry leaders — who serve as a sounding board for the entrepreneur, providing valuable, critical, and direct feedback through one-on-one confidential sessions. Each EIR brings a vast body of knowledge and experience in the bioscience and healthcare ecosystem, the formation and development of early-stage companies, and the challenges surrounding the entrepreneur life. All EIRs are certified in the GrowthWheel International Inc. Coaching methodology, a framework designed to identify opportunities and challenges of the company. The EIRs work with each VelocityTX client to develop a 30, 60, 90-day plan to take their company to the next level.

Juan "Sebastian" Garzon

Programs Manager

Juan “Sebastian” Garzon serves as programs manager for VelocityTX. Sebastian oversees the implementation of programs that support the growth of bioscience companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Sebastian worked in multiple roles at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), including Director of the Garcia Center and Program Manager for the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. In addition to his role with VelocityTX, Sebastian serves as executive director of Alamo Angels, San Antonio’s premier network of accredited investors.

Sebastian graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in finance and earned a master’s in business administration from TAMUCC. Sebastian has received multiple recognitions, including the 2016 achievement honoree from the TAMUCC College of Business, Corpus Christi 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 46. Sebastian is also the co-founder of Passport2Fluency, a company that creates opportunities to increase language fluency through virtual and overseas immersion experiences. 

McKenna Gallagher

Programs Coordinator

McKenna Gallagher serves as programs coordinator for VelocityTX. In this role, McKenna is responsible for VelocityTX BioGlobal Accelerator Program, Incubator Program, and the CoLabs facility. McKenna’s experience in technical settings, ranging from concept to commercialization, position her to bring a unique perspective in providing support to VelocityTX clients. Before VelocityTX, McKenna worked as a manufacturing engineer for medical devices, performed research and development for class III medical devices, and executed clinical research. McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Lili Chavez Pena

Community Champion

Lili Chavez Pena serves as Community Champion for VelocityTX. In this role, Lili brings a friendly and professional experience to guests of the VelocityTX Innovation Center. Lili began her career with VelocityTX as programs coordinator, where she led and managed the accelerator program, which comprised a cohort of five international companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Lili spent over 10 years in the banking, wealth management, and insurance industries in Mexico and the U.S. Lili holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in finance from Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Lili is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Incubator Program

The Incubator Program is designed to scale early-stage bioscience companies by providing long-term support and includes office and meeting space, access to industry experts, mentors, and more.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable is an exclusive membership program that brings together executives from non-competing bioscience and healthcare companies to foster innovation, collaboration, and connections.