Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Mellie Price, a 25 year Austinite, is the inaugural Executive Director, Commercialization at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an experienced investor, executive, fund manager, technologist, and eight-time entrepreneur with a range of business experience from small private sector to a large publicly traded organization. She has created and managed both organic and explosive growth scenarios for a variety of organizations and is passionate about leveraging that experience to help transform healthcare.
Mellie is a co-founder and Managing Director of the nationally recognized startup accelerator program and entrepreneurial hub, Capital Factory, as well as a former General Partner to its investment fund. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and is passionate about building a more diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is also the co-founder of SoftMatch, a service company that connects Fortune 1000 enterprises with the highly fragmented global startup ecosystem. Ms. Price was also the Founder & CEO of Austin’s own Front Gate Tickets, one of the largest privately held ticketing companies in the US/Canada from 2002 to 2015 when it was sold to Live Nation.
A frequent presenter and keynote speaker, Ms. Price is an active member of the Texas entrepreneurship community and a winner of the prestigious Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Profiles in Power Award as well as the 2014 Tech Titan Award. She is a member of the Board of Directors for KLRU (PBS-TV), Leadership Austin and the Sustainable Food Center. She is also a proud founding Advisor to Texas Competes and currently serves on the Mayor’s Health Alliance and the Technology Advisory Committee for Austin Mayor Steve Adler.