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.”