VentureConnectors-300x156April’s Venture Connectors luncheon will feature a panel of influential immigrant entrepreneurs from our community. On Wednesday, April 6, three local immigrant entrepreneurs will discuss their pathways to success and the unique challenges they faced along the way.

Sundeep “Sunny” Dronawat is CEO of POS on Cloud, which is under letter of intent to be acquired by Payment Holdings of Dallas. He also is president of IT services company Samiteon and has partnership interests in several local ventures, including Dataspruce, Bellwether Software and Pita Pit of Louisville. Dronawat moved to Louisville in 1992 as a student at the University of Louisville, where he earned a Ph.D in chemical engineering and an MBA.

Dr. Cedric Francois is co-founder, president and CEO of Apellis Pharmaceuticals, which just announced a $47.1 million series D round investment. Apellis is a private biotech company founded in 2001. Francois was a member of the research team that performed the first successful hand transplant in the United States and was also a member of the Louisville face transplant team in the mid-2000s.

Van Tran is the owner of Van Tran Insurance Agency and a realtor with S.G. Priest Realtors. She created the first Vietnamese news team to broadcast local stories on established Vietnamese language news network, SBTN-TV. Tran moved to Louisville as a child with the help of Catholic Charities. Today she helps hundreds of immigrants from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma find their dream homes and obtain insurance coverage.

Venture Connectors luncheon meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Registration is required at Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40.