See the best startups that Austin and Central Texas have to offer in a fast-paced, high-energy setting. Find out which startups are raising money, which are seeking advisors and board members, and which are simply hitting it out of the park. Meet investors, entrepreneurs and the companies that are making our Texan economy proud. Venture Expo offers a who’s who of investors in Austin and a chance to connect with the community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. All of this in just one afternoon!
At 1 PM, Brett Hurt, a local serial entrepreneur, will give a keynote address in the Crum Auditorium followed by two minute elevator pitches from the 14 Accelerator companies. From 2 PM until 4 PM, more than 20 startups will be exhibiting in the atrium of Rowling Hall. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with the startups. At 4 PM, we will have a cocktail reception in the Special Events Room on the fifth floor.
Brett Hurt is a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding Bazaarvoice and serving as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company from a bootstrapped concept through its successful IPO. He is now co-founder and CEO of data.world, which is building the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world as a Certified B Corp.
Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded Coremetrics and helped grow the company into a global, leading marketing analytics solution for the eCommerce industry before its acquisition by IBM for around $300m.
Brett is also the co-owner of the Hurt Family Investments (HFI), alongside his wife, Debra. Hurt Family Investments are involved in 59 startups, 15 VC funds and multiple philanthropic endeavors.
See below for a complete list of exhibiting companies or RSVP here.
3D OPTICAL VISION SYSTEM FOR BRAIN SURGEONS
Advanced Scanners surgical machine vision system corrects navigational error due to “Brain Shift”, allowing surgeons to minimize the amount of brain tissue removed during an open brain surgery, resulting in fewer side effects. Our uniquely capable 3D surface scanner tracks sub-millimeter changes to the exposed brain and uses that data to continually update the patient’s MRI. MORE INFO
ONE CLICK EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES
We take pictures. Book local photographers for any event (except weddings) for $50 per hour. Get photos delivered same day. We’re an Austin-based, 2016 Techstars event photography marketplace. We capture the moments that matter for event hosts and their guests while paying photographers to do what they love – take great, candid shots of people and share in an experience. MORE INFO
DISPOSABLE LAPAROSCOPE CLEANING TECH
ClearCam has developed a disposable laparoscope cleaning technology that mechanically clears the lens of a laparoscope without requiring scope removal from the body during minimally invasive surgeries (i.e. laparoscopy). ClearCam provides benefits of reduced operating room and anesthesia times, improved economic and medical outcomes, and alleviates surgeon frustration while improving patient safety. MORE INFO
FIRE SUPPRESSION EQUIPMENT
Fire Spike makes force multiplying fire suppression appliances for fire departments and forestry services to help them contain and suppress wildfires while keeping them safer and appliances which keep tree canopy and residential fires from jumping and spreading. Our two-part hardware solution enables rapid deployment and is unmanned. We are a hardware direct sales company.
YOUR LOCAL GUIDE TO FITNESS AND WELLNESS
FITT Finder is a mobile app that provides those seeking a healthy lifestyle the fastest and most effective way to connect to ALL local fitness and wellness providers. In one click, searches are streamlined with classes, events, meetups and more, customized by ability, interests, budget, and location. Service providers get free, targeted access to new clients along with tools to keep them coming back and analytics to build healthy businesses. MORE INFO
BEAUTY IS REVEALED, NOT APPLIED
LAMIK Beauty is a vegan non-toxic cosmetics line manufactured in Texas. LAMIK is an inclusive makeup line for multicultural shades, undertones, and skin textures, otherwise underserved by the clean beauty market. The company was founded by Kim Roxie, an esthetician and makeup artist. LAMIK stands for Love And Makeup In Kindness, because Beauty is Revealed, not applied. MORE INFO
INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY, DECREASED OPERATING COSTS
Our business has two complementary objectives: we provide initial value by streamlining and digitizing the existing due-diligence processes of industrial health and safety (i.e. checklists and reporting), we then use our streamlined digital interface to collect data on workforce behavior and analyze that data in a way that allows managers to be more data-driven and proactive in their risk management decision making. MORE INFO
THE FUTURE OF ANESTHETIC RECYCLING
Resthetics has developed a device which captures waste anesthetic gases from hospital operating rooms. We can then manufacture this waste into a safe, reusable, generic anesthetic that can be sold back into the market. We achieve this by placing our device in line with the WAGD (waste anesthetic gas disposal), creating a simple retrofit to already existing systems. MORE INFO
UNLOCK YOUR RETIREMENT DOLLARS
Rocket Dollar, Inc. helps people unlock their retirement savings to achieve 21st-century diversification. We have built the world’s first technology platform to simplify self-directed investing. Customers can use Rocket Dollar accounts to invest retirement funds in real estate, private equity, venture capital, private businesses such as startups, cryptocurrency, and many other asset classes normally unavailable to the retirement investor. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Rocket Dollar is changing the way Americans invest for their retirement. MORE INFO
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