The International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State will host a public forum featuring venture capitalist Ed Pizzarello at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the University Business Center’s Alice Peters Auditorium.

A founder and partner at RMR Capital, Pizzarello’s venture company’s portfolio includes Five Guys burgers, Revolution Cleaners and technology companies such as Keen Home and Distil Networks.

His varied background also includes experience in the culinary arts, hotel management and consulting, and he is also known for his travel blog and podcast.

The event is free to those who RSVP at An informal networking session will start prior to the event at 5:30 p.m.

“This a great opportunity for our students and members of the community to get actionable knowledge that they can apply to their business or job that they can apply the very next day,” said Benjamin Francis, event coordinator. “His inspirational background and tactical business knowledge are especially useful and will inspire anybody trying to figure out the next steps for growing their business.”

Paul Singh, a nationally-known venture capitalist who serves as a Valley Ventures Accelerator campus entrepreneurship program adviser, will moderate the event. The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will serve as an event partner.

The forum is part of the Kickstart Fresno speaker series that features CEOs and founders from around the nation to share their insights, struggles, challenges and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs, students and the community at large.

More information about the event and Kickstart Fresno is available by contacting Ben Francis at or 559.278.2066.

The International Center for Water Technology is part of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State and is one of several research centers that encourage water and natural resource innovation. The University also houses the Center for Irrigation Technology, the California Water Institute and the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center.