On March 18th, 2017, Manny Fernandez, a best-selling author and the first Latino investor to be featured as an investor "Shark" on nationwide TV show, was the keynote speaker on March 18th The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards and Recognition Gala. Fernandez received a State of California Senate’s Certificate of Recognition, honoring Fernandez’s commitment to Solano community and its members, sign by Senator Bill Dodd and presented by Doriss Panduro, President of SHCC. Other attendees included Assemblyman Tim Grayson, Mayor of Fairfield Harry T. Price and Superior Court Judge. Fernandez is no stranger to being honored; he was awarded Shark of the Year by California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce earlier in the month and has been named SF Angel Investor of the year in 2014. The central topic of the keynote speech was the access to capital and how can the Foot in the Silicon Valley Program get more Hispanic businesses funded. Fernandez talked about increasing Hispanic population, fastest growing Hispanic business segment and the fact that only 2% of the companies that get funded in Silicon Valley are Hispanic. Manny touched upon what DreamFunded does, the companies that got funded and how can The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members can come together to back the person within the community. The event recognized businesses and business leaders, as well as outstanding students in both high school and college, viewed by most as the next generation of local business leaders.
On March 3rd, 2017, DreamFunded CEO, Manny Fernandez, has received “Hispanic Shark of the Year” award from California State Treasurer John Chiang and California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CHCC). The award honors Mr. Fernandez’s entrepreneurial spirit, deep understanding of the angel investment landscape, and innate leadership abilities. San Francisco, CA — During the 5th Annual Economic Summit organized by CHCC, DreamFunded Co-Founder and CEO, Manny Fernandez was recognized as “Hispanic Shark of the Year” by John Chiang, State of California Treasurer. Manny Fernandez is a Silicon Valley angel investor, serial entrepreneur and investor "Shark" on CNBC's TV Show, Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. Manny has been featured on several mainstream media outlets such as CNBC’s Squawk Box, Inc. Magazine, Forbes and more. As a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, he sets the bar high for other aspiring entrepreneurs that lack the insider access to the financial network. Fernandez founded DreamFunded - an equity crowdfunding platform that allows everyone to back startups and small businesses that they love. "Recent economic and political shifts are impacting our communities and creating barriers for Latino owned businesses. Latino entrepreneurs are California's backbone, and the engine driving economic growth and job creation. Through advocacy, education and economic development, the CHCC provides our business community with the resources to thrive in an uncertain climate", shares Frank Montes, Chairman, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Manny Fernandez is the first Latino angel investor in the history to be featured as an investor shark on a major TV network, he was on the premier episode of CNBC’s ‘Make me a Millionaire Inventor’,” says Juan P. Garcia, CHCC Deputy Director. During his acceptance speech, Fernandez said regarding equity crowdfunding, “This is what I am bringing to you, it is for us to win, it is us coming together, organizing for private capital. I have seen it, I know how it works, I have the knowledge, but I need others who want to use it to raise money from their community.”