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Sun Cruces Angels

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Sun Cruces Angels (SCA) is a members-only, non-profit angel investment platform, dedicated to infusing growth and innovation in the dynamic West Texas and Southern New Mexico ‘Paso del Norte’ region.

Founded in 2021, our mission is to aspire to be the beacon of educational content and experiences for angel investors, providing resources and introductions for the development of local talent and start-ups. We offer more than just capital; we provide education, mentoring, and access to a larger network of angel groups.

SCA envisions playing a transformational role in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem through advocacy, member expertise, and progressive programs.


The mission of the SunCruces Angels is to be a source of educational content and experiences for angel investors, as well as a source of business acumen for the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. SCA aims to provide the necessary resources and introductions to capital for the development of local talent and start-ups, which includes education, mentoring, and access to a larger network of angel groups.


The Vision of SunCruces Angels is to play an active role in the transformation of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem through its advocacy, members and programs.

Our History

SunCruces Angels was founded in 2021 by a group of local investors and community leaders who believe that early stage investments in local startups can spur economic growth in the region. The angel investors at SCA have copious amounts of experience in a variety of different industries and offer their time and mentorship, in addition to capital, to local entrepreneurs to keep the culture of entrepreneurship thriving in the region.

SCA was created out of necessity. Local investors realized that it was not only taking far too long for entrepreneurs in the region to connect with investors, but that there were also numerous obstacles and impediments preventing burgeoning entrepreneurs from receiving guidance and feedback for basic queries such as whether they had a viable business idea. Instead of ignoring these issues, local angel investors sought to become part of the solution by launching a mechanism for entrepreneurs to seek both funding and mentorship as they look to establish their businesses. Thus, the SunCruces Angels investment group was born

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Maximo Gamez
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Analyst at Audaz Capital and Joseph Advisory where he assists with all stages of deal execution, including sourcing new investment opportunities, preparing investment memos and conducting due diligence, and reporting on successful exit opportunities . Bachelor os Science in Engineering Innovation and Leadership from UTEP where he was also named a Top 10 Senior. 

Board of Directors
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Board Chairman
Beto Pallares

Currently advises a family office on fund commitments and direct investments into private operating companies and is the general partner/fund manager of two funds. He is a Kauffman Fellow and a Presidio Fellow and over the years has served on the board of over two dozen private companies.

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Senior Associates
Diana Olivar

A proven track record over the past 25 years in highly competitive industries. As a result, I have had a fortunate career and have established strong relationships along the way.

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Experienced Medical Device Sales Consultant with a demonstrated history growth and high achievement. Skilled in Relationships, Pricing Negotiation, Operations Management, Medical Devices, Sales, and Management. 

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Board Member

A historian of technology and the CEO and co-founder of Panoculum, Inc., a digital startup headquartered in El Paso, Texas- his hometown. Perviously, served as senior policy advisor to the Paris Peace Forum, focusing on the proactive governance of artificial intelligence (AI) at the international level and the concerns of civil society from across the Global South.

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