TVL Practicum Info Sessions

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TVL Practicum Spring 2021 Header.pngJoin the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs team for an info session on our JBTVL Practicum. Learn how graduate students participating in this elective can earn course credit while getting hands-on experience with our JBTVL Accelerator startups, expand their knowledge base and their networks, and become strong leaders in their future careers. Info sessions run from Sept. 30 through Oct. 22.

The JBTVL Practicum Class is a cross-campus elective course that teaches graduate students how to work with and consult with startups. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team on a project-driven curriculum that immerses you in market analysis and research, teaches about early-stage ventures, and provides a framework for strategically thinking through business problems to directly deliver positive outcomes for Austin startups.

Fun fact: the majority of our students come from UT’s non-business colleges and we’ve received positive feedback from students taking the course with an interest in entrepreneurship or consulting projects.  Here is a link for Info Session registration: http://bit.ly/TVLinfo20

Want to cut to the chase and access the program’s student application? Click here: bit.ly/applyTVL_student

Better Startup Workshop: Diversity and Inclusion for Startups

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workshop for startups on diversity and inclusionAre you curious about how Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) can benefit your startup? Do you support D&I, but don’t know where to find talent from diverse backgrounds? Are you looking for ways to make your company a more inclusive and welcoming environment?

You are invited to attend the JBTVL Better Startup Workshop presented by Aleria Research on September 29 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. This workshop addresses all of these and other points to help you grow a happier and more successful company.

Join us for this free online event to learn how D&I can impact your growth and your ability to succeed, and increase the satisfaction and retention of your team. All attendees will be given access to Aleria Research’s D&I toolkit, which includes an extensive directory of resources to help you identify talent from many different backgrounds, and a list of specific ideas for policies, benefits and initiatives that will make your company more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

Aleria Research Corp (ARC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages scientific research to drive greater inclusion and equality in our society. For additional information, please contact workshops@aleriaresearch.org.

JBTVL and Plexus Technology Opens Nasdaq Aug. 31

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Nasdaq Tower 2020

Every year, the winner of the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition has the opportunity to visit the the Nasdaq Stock Market with the JBTVL team. This is the 18th year we will be participating in a bell ceremony and normally we would be in New York City for the event, but this year, we will be in Times Square virtually.

This year’s featured TVLIC winner, Plexus Technology, provides a closed mesh dome for events and crowded locations to provide customers location and messaging capability without cell tower carriers. We are excited to be opening the Nasdaq virtually with Plexus Technology on Monday, August 31.

Watch a recording of it on Nasdaq’s Bell Ceremonies page.  Click on the See More link on that page and scroll down to August 31.

We enjoyed our time on the big screen.

Announcing the Fall 2020 TVL Accelerator Cohort

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Fall 2020 cohort announcement

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs proudly welcomes our Fall 2020 TVL Accelerator companies!

Over the summer, JBTVL met and learned from 73 amazing companies from all across Texas in order to select an exciting group of startups to participate in our Fall semester cohort and work with multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students in our TVL Practicum course. The 14 companies that follow represent a diverse range of industries, founders, and technologies, but they all share at least one thing in common. They are all committed to creating amazing learning experiences for UT Austin graduate students while taking their businesses to the next level. We are excited and honored to include them in our portfolio of accelerator companies and look forward to working with them over the next few months!

Let’s meet the startups!

 

Amma Healing Logo

AMMA Healing produces nutrient-rich hemp extracts for a balanced mind, body, and soul. AMMA’s newest product ELEVATE is an all-natural, organic hemp elixir that offers a mood-enhancing effect to any beverage, providing a perfect way to relax and unwind without alcohol. For those who choose to drink alcohol, ELEVATE offers neuroprotectant and liver detoxifying benefits.BrainCheck logo

BrainCheck provides cognitive healthcare technology to physicians, making it easier for them to assess patients’ cognitive health (major use cases are dementia, concussion, neurological and psychiatric issues, and COVID encephalopathy), and manage their treatment. We also help physicians make money, both in fee-for-service and value-based care models. Current customers include both private practices and enterprise health systems.

Ender logoEnder augments the workflow of property management, enabling managers to do more with less. The complexity of managing institutional real estate requires modern technology. Current real estate tech is plagued with data inconsistency, integration problems, and manual data entry. Instead of plugging into legacy systems, Ender is rebuilding them from the ground up. Accounting, leasing, task management, invoice approvals, reporting, and payments all in one place.

Estabild logoEstabild is an all-in-one cloud-based platform for construction project stakeholders to monitor and consolidate the progress of development in real-time. Estabild increases stakeholder trust during construction development and reduces the risk of cost and schedule overrun.GrooveBuddy logoGrooveBuddy is to musicians – hobbyist to professional – as karaoke is to singers; it is the music play-along app for all. What would you have played if you were a Beatle or a Rolling Stone? For a moment in time, you can be your favorite musician in your favorite song. It’s all possible with GrooveBuddy because everyone can play.Halo Health logoHalo Health Systems is a digital platform that accelerates clinical trials for pharma. Our solution provides telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and workflow automation to streamline data collection and increase access to clinical trials.

 

Kizen company logoKizen is the #1 next-gen sales, marketing, and experience platform that helps companies drive smarter, faster growth, deliver amazing, personalized customer experiences, and unleash their full potential.Logictry logo

Logictry is an Expert Systems as a Service™ platform that combines real-time learning with decision making to accelerate time to proficiency, productivity, and revenue. Build your own rich and relevant AI by capturing your expert/institutional knowledge in one source and version of the truth with a closed-loop feedback system for quick A/B testing and continuous improvement–without the need for IT.

MOD Tech Labs logoMOD is smarter processing for visual effects. Our SaaS-based production tools enable studios to bring beautiful, immersive content to life faster and more affordably than ever before. Increase workload capacities, free up the creative process, and transform production capabilities with MOD’s simple end-to-end processing ecosystem.

Nephrodite company logoThe Holly™ is a fully implantable, fully mechanical, continuous hemodialysis device that is designed to be a bridge to transplant for eligible patients and/or a destination therapy for transplant-ineligible patients. Inspired by a patient named Holly, Nephrodite’s device serves as a more effective renal replacement therapeutic as it minimizes the impact/burden of treatment, facilitates mobility, and reduces disease maintenance and complications.

Richards Rainwater logoRichard’s Rainwater is the first rainwater and sparkling rainwater bottling business in the USA. Rain is 100x cleaner than the strictest bottled water standards – before we purify it. We harvest rain locally and catch it clean before it has a chance to hit the ground, so we’ll never treat it with chemicals like chlorine, fluoride or ammonia. Our closed-loop process allows us to clean 100% of our rainwater with virtually zero waste.SolGro company logoSolGro produces nanoparticle embedded greenhouse films that increase crop production by shifting the light spectrum. By putting SolGro’s patented material technology onto greenhouses, farmers are able to increase crop yield, quality, and growth speed.Unytag Company logoUnytag is building a mobile solution to give consumers the ability to pay toll road fees using a mobile app anywhere in any vehicle they happen to occupy.Xcite Interactive logoXcite Interactive aims to be the global leader in fan engagement for sports and events worldwide. We have more than 130 customers across five continents and some of our largest customers include FIFA, the NFL, X-Games, iHeartMedia, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. Our new interactive platform brings real-time audience engagement and intelligence to both teams, brands and online events.

Learn more about these amazing startups and their founders!

If you want to learn more about these innovative companies, please visit their websites linked in their descriptions and connect with us on social media. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date and, as always, feel free to reach out to us at infoTVL@mccombs.utexas.edu to inquire about our programs!

JBTVL Featured in the Ecosystem Over the Summer

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Austin skyline, downtown from Tower 2014_7190753

MassChallenge’s interactive demo day in July featured JBTVL alumni companies TeVido BioDevices and WriterDuet, as well as TVLIC finalist HiPR. These companies have continued to make progress and reach further milestones since their time with TVL. To learn more about these and other Mass Challenge companies, visit this Startup Lookbook they put together.

Three TVLIC competitors will be finishing up their work in Blackstone Launchpad’s student-focused summer accelerator, SEAL. Oxymoron Ink, CooMo Travel and Empire Learning continued their startup journey with this phenomenal accelerator experience which provides curriculum and mentoring designed to help these aspiring student startups reach critical decisions about launching their business, new market strategy and new products. Along with several other promising UT Austin student entrepreneurs, these former TVLIC companies will be sharing their Go/No-Go decision at the SEAL Decision Day on July 30.

Our own Executive Director, Mellie Price, moderated a panel at Capital Factory’s Fed Supernova event last week. The 3-day event brought together leaders and entrepreneurs from across the DOD innovation ecosystem to explore collaboration opportunities. Mellie’s panel focused on pivoting DOD resources to focus on the fight against COVID-19 and featured Alex Goldberg, Chief Innovation Officer of the Texas Military Department, Colonel Joe Bookard of the US Army, and Jason Rathje, Director of AF Ventures (US Air Force). The key takeaway from the event was that the Department of Defense (DOD) innovation groups have valuable resources to offer entrepreneurs working across a variety of sectors. JBTVL is now engaged with those leaders and available to help connect our companies to that ecosystem.

Ask-Me-Anything: Startup Practicum for UT Grad Students

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Aug Info Session on JBTVL

We are excited about welcoming our 21st cohort of graduate students into the TVL Practicum! If you are a currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin interested in learning about the startup ecosystem and innovative companies throughout the great state of Texas, join us for this event.

Along with getting real-world experience consulting for startups and working on projects to drive business growth, additional learning opportunities come from a stellar lineup of guest speakers. Throughout the 14-week semester, top entrepreneurs and subject matter specific experts join our class lecture series. These online lectures are part of our TVL Practicum class which is cross-listed in many departments and available for all graduate students from UT Austin.

To learn more about this hands-on opportunity and the benefits grad students get from taking the elective-credit graduate course, join us for a virtual Ask-Me-Anything on August 6 at 2 pm. The final Fall registration window opens on August 21, so this will be a great opportunity to learn about the TVL Practicum and make changes to your Fall schedule.

RSVP here to get the Zoom link.

JBTVL Accelerator Info Session on July 7

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Join us for an introduction to our unique approach and learn how Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) can help your company reach the next milestone. Pre-Revenue and Post-Revenue companies looking for specific expertise: don’t miss this information session. We will discuss our various programs with a focus on how we engage with early-stage ventures, what the application process looks like, and the results we’ve seen from our alumni companies. We will also provide ample time for Q&A and interaction with the JBTVL team.

Since 2010, JBTVL has worked with both pre-revenue and post-revenue startups from the Texas region to help them by consulting on strategy, planning, competitive and market research projects. These free consulting projects conducted by highly talented UT graduate students have helped over 240 companies solve business problems and accelerate growth to reach the next milestone.

July 7 2020 from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM
Register for the info session: tvlaccelerator_info.eventbrite.com

Feel free to take a look at our JBTVL Company Application to see what questions you might have about the application process or what will be required, or if you feel ready to apply, go ahead and do so. Either way, we look forward to answering any questions you have about our accelerator or other programs!

Ready to apply now? Application: http://bit.ly/JBTVL_company_app
Deadline to apply: July 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM

More information on JBTVL Accelerator Program: https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Centers/Texas-Venture-Labs/Startups

Startups apply by July 12 for JBTVL Accelerator

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The JBTVL Accelerator is a zero cost, zero equity program that collaborates with Texas-based startups who want to work with graduate student consultants for up to 300 hours of high impact business consulting over the course of a 14-week semester. We accept applications from both pre-revenue and post-revenue companies who have a working prototype or product, can clearly define 2-3 projects for students, and are ready to engage with the student team.

We welcome startups from ALL industries! In addition to our MBA, MSTC, and McCombs MS students, many of our graduate students come from science, engineering, and computer science disciplines. Since we are embedded in an academic institution and surrounded by brilliant scientific and technical talent, startups who can leverage technical PhD and Masters students in their project work are always encouraged to apply.

Startups interested in working with our graduate students should apply here by July 12 at 11:59 PM: https://bit.ly/JBTVLAccelerator

JBTVL Seeking Companies for Fall Accelerator

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2020 Fall Accelerator Recruiting Info Session

Join us for an introduction to our unique approach and learn how Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) can help your company reach the next milestone.  Pre-Revenue and Post-Revenue companies looking for specific expertise: don’t miss this information session. We will discuss our various programs with a focus on how we engage with early-stage ventures, what the application process looks like, and the results we’ve seen from our alumni companies. We will also provide ample time for Q&A and interaction with the JBTVL team.

Since 2010, JBTVL has worked with both pre-revenue and post-revenue startups from the Texas region to help them by consulting on strategy, planning, competitive and market research projects. These free consulting projects conducted by highly talented UT graduate students have helped over 240 companies solve business problems and accelerate growth to reach the next milestone.

June 18, 2020 from 12 PM until 1 PM
Register for the info session: jbtvl_accelerator_fall20.eventbrite.com

Feel free to take a look at our JBTVL Company Application to see what questions you might have about the application process or what will be required, or if you feel ready to apply, go ahead and do so. Either way, we look forward to answering any questions you have about our accelerator or other programs!

Ready to apply now?
Application:  bit.ly/JBTVL_company_app
Deadline to apply:  July 3, 2020

More information on JBTVL Accelerator Program:  mccombs.utexas.edu/Centers/Texas-Venture-Labs/Startups

Oxymoron Ink Wins TVLIC

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Oxymoron Ink winner of 2020 Spring TVLIC

Oxymoron Ink won first place in the first ever virtual 2020 Spring Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) on May 8, 2020. Because of COVID-19, the competition was conducted over Zoom.

Millions of people around the world are interested in tattoos, but avoid them because they know they might regret their decision later in life. Oxymoron Ink solves this problem by offering inks that disappear after six months, nine months or one year.  The company manufactures the world’s first semi-permanent tattoo ink. These biodegradable, patent-pending inks were developed at UT Austin by CEO Matthew Miller, a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering.competitive with manual processes.

As the first place winner, Oxymoron Ink receives a cash prize of $15,000 and a seat in the Company-in-Residence Program at the McCombs School of Business plus a wealth of services including free three months at Capital Factory, access to the LeanStack.com tools and a personalized coaching session with the creator of the Lean Canvas, Ash Maurya and $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits.

Release won the $5,000 second place prize plus $3,500 in Amazon Web Services credits. Release is a web and iOS based platform which offers tenants a straightforward and painless alternative to finding sublessees in Austin by taking over the subleasing process from end-to-end.

The third place winner of $2,500 and $1,500 in Amazon Web Services credits was CooMoo Travel. CooMo Travel is an online platform that allows an individual to plan and book their entire trip, from start to finish, while allowing other real users to provide recommendations and suggestions based on their own personal experiences.

The E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Award honoring Craig Nemec, a successful graduate and entrepreneur, gives out three $1,000 awards to the teams with the best three-minute elevator pitches.  This year’s winners were Good Apple, Empire Learning and Oxymoron Ink.

The James D. Pippin Veteran Award awards $1,000 to a team with one or more U.S. military veterans. The award was endowed by the founders of RideScout to honor James D. Pippin, a Retired Command Sergeant Major with the U.S. Army who served with Joseph Kopser. CooMoo Travel was this year’s winner.

Hosted by Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, TVLIC is open to all graduate students at any University of Texas System school. TVLIC simulates the real world process of raising venture capital.  In evaluating the student ventures, judges function as an investment group seeking to reach consensus on the business venture they would most likely fund. This spring’s competition featured 24 startup companies.

For more information on the teams selected to compete in the 2020 TVLIC, visit the JBTVL blog announcement or to learn more about JBTVL’s programs visit tvl.utexas.edu.

ABOUT JON BRUMLEY TEXAS VENTURE LABS
Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) at The University of Texas at Austin is a campus-wide initiative to accelerate both student and community startups. The mission is to help graduate students learn to take their innovations to market and become great entrepreneurs and business leaders. Since 2010, TVL has accelerated over 220 Austin-area startups in a wide range of industries and 43 percent of these companies have gone on to raise total funding in excess of $836 million. Over 716 graduate students from a variety of disciplines have earned experience working with these area startups. In addition, JBTVL has helped launch more than 80 graduate student companies through the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC).