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 to inquire about our programs!

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:

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?
Deadline to apply:  July 3, 2020

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Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition Schedule of Spring 2020 Competitors

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Semifinals – May 8, 2020

Division I

9:00 AM – Empire Learning
Real estate professionals are required to complete continuing education (CE) in order to renew their license. At Empire Learning, we make CE easy. We are the highest rated online provider in the nation, providing a seamless user experience in 11 states.  John Wheeler, MBA ‘21

9:35 AM -ConsultEd
ConsultEd helps today’s students seamlessly navigate multiple educational systems, into the jobs of tomorrow. ConsultEd’s foundation is built through the use of blockchain to secure student records, machine learning to better inform institutions and policymakers which student pathways are broken, and real-time geographic economic data provided by economist labor reports and investment banking analysts, to shape students major selection. Matthew Parson, MBA ’20

10:10 AM – Find My Fit
A B2B fashion technology plug-in licensed to online retailers that replaces the size guide button by plugging into individual product pages to enable customers to accurately predict their size across any brand using 2 – 3 photos taken on their smartphone. The proprietary technology will analyze the image as data points and marry this information with the fabric composition of the item, the individual’s dimensions/proportions and fit preference to predict size with 90%+ accuracy. Heidi Mackay, MBA ’21; Lindsay Marsh, MBA ‘21

10:45 AM – Actionly
Actionly is a multi-sided platform providing users with small daily actions and connecting them to affiliate products that match the challenges of their daily lifestyle and improve their health and well-being. Clayton Key, MBA ’20

11:20 AM – BarTab
BarTab is a mobile payments platform that vastly improves the bar experience for customers, bars and bartenders by streamlining the drink ordering and tab management process. Users are provided with demographic data and friends’ locations via the platform in order to facilitate social experiences. BarTab also provides real-time analytic data to bars in order to improve decision-making related to pricing and forecasting. Jessica Stenglein, Law ’20; Abby Chua, MS Computer Science ’20; Colin Morris, MBA ’21; Tommy Fang, MBA ‘21

11:55 AM – Nudge Analytics
For K-12 school districts who are facing budget issues caused by low student attendance, Nudge Analytics provides a plug and play solution to reduce truancy. Our platform will use machine learning to identify at-risk students and research-driven messaging to get them back in the classroom. Sam Hogan, MBA ’21; Chuk Orakwue, MBA ‘21

Division II

9:00 AM – iTree
iTree is a shading solution, re-imagining solar power in a beautiful form. It replicates the ecological value of a tree, estimating it will qualify for 1,450 metric tons of C02 credits, addresses instances where urban development limits space for a tree, offers water conservation with a vertical growing bio-skin. The bio-solution is a low maintenance alternative for landscaping, making it an attractive alternative to a tree. Rudy Dunbar, MSTC ‘20; Kailey Euceda, MSTC ‘20; Ashley Duffins, MSTC ‘20; Atif Syed, MSTC ‘20; Christian Quinones, MSTC ‘20

9:35 AM – CooMo Travel
CooMo Travel is an online platform that allows the 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 experience. In addition, those that plan their trip through the platform will have the ability to see other travelers that will be traveling to the same cities at the same time, allowing people to potentially meet in real life! Tyler Moyer, MSTC ‘20

10:10 AM – KNX
Everyone has looked at business networking from one way only. As a result, existing social business networking gives a false sense of big network and results in superficial, transactional and inauthentic connections. The KNX APP fosters unprecedented and revolutionary ways of business networking. The job search starts with identifying the best smart matches by location, interest and hobbies to meet on a golf course, yoga class, tennis, at the park while walking the dogs etc. Larisa Olteanu, MBA ‘21

10:45 AM –
For enterprises struggling to monitor and give feedback to their remote employees, offers a HR transformation tool that integrates with their primary modes of communication. It then analyzes the mix of written and video communication to provide development plans for the employees and valuable HR information for the managers. It uses AI deep learning techniques, NLP and Vocal/Facial Analysis. Sean Stallings, MBA ‘21

11:20 AM – StyleTravels
StyleTravels is an AI based technology platform that services customers who need help in planning their style choices during their travels such as outfits to wear, accessories to match including shoes so that customers can enjoy their vacation with less hassle and focus more on doing things they love. Sneha Vyas, MBA ’20

11:55 AM – Tripology
Tripology is a field trip marketplace that exists to empower educational institutions. We are an online platform for field trip providers and field trip planners to market, find, and book and manage educational field trips. Nicole Pennington, MSTC ’20; Robin Reynolds, MSTC ’20; Scott Wentworth, MSTC ’20; Nathan Pena, MSTC ‘20

Division III

9:00 AM – StrongPeople
StrongPeople is a health company. We enhance our customers’ health by consistently delivering a quality gym experience.  John Schenck, MSTC ‘20

9:35 AM – Functional Furniture
Functional Furniture is the home gym designed for your living room. Existing solutions on the market are either unwieldy or impractical for an apartment or are poorly made, unsightly and not versatile. During the era of COVID-19, a new use case emerged – the need for a simple and effective bodyweight-focused home gym to supplement existing exercise activities and enable home training for sport-specific needs. Alexander Darvishian, MBA ‘21

10:10 AM – Helios
Helios makes and sells modern Greek sandals. We redesign timeless Greek styles with modern synthetic materials, creating the first sandal on the market to bridge classic design with modern comfort and functionality. Stuart Smith, MBA ‘21

10:45 AM – Zeus Wild
Our company is developing a solar powered camping tent made from fabric that charges and stores energy during the day to provide self-powered lighting at night. Carlos Colon-Vonarx, MBA ’20; Gokhan Koyuncu, MBA ’20

11:20 AM – Oxymoron Ink
Oxymoron Ink manufactures the world’s first semi-permanent tattoo ink. Millions of people around the world are interested in tattoos, but avoid them because they know they might regret their decision later in life. We solve this problem by offering inks that disappear after 6 months, 9 months or 1 year. These inks are made possible using intellectual property developed at UT Austin. Matthew Miller, Chemical Engineering PhD ‘20

11:55 AM – bruxAway
bruxAway is developing a smart wearable night guard to disrupt the over $10B market of bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding) disorder. One in 5 people suffer from bruxism disorder, but over 80% of people are undiagnosed. We’re solving this through our smart wearable night guard, a custom solution medical-grade night guard designed to protect your teeth and significantly reduce bruxism. It connects to your smartphone and provides analysis of your nightly bruxism behavior and sleeping patterns through an intuitively built app. Sarnab Bhattacharya, Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD ‘22

Division IV

9:00 AM – Allmost Home
Allmost Home is an amenity grocery brand on a mission to empower healthier urban living by making food options more accessible within apartment communities. We build small-footprint, in-building mini-markets which provide personalized grocery selections to building residents at competitive margins, while bringing in additional revenue through partnerships with rental operators. James Wright, MBA ‘21

9:35 AM – Good Apple
Good Apple is an Austin-based produce delivery service on a mission to end food insecurity. We partner with local farmers to rescue produce that would otherwise go unsold. We then operate a 100% locally sourced, organic produce delivery service for paying customers. For every produce box sold, we deliver another box directly to a family in need. Zack Timmons, MD ’21; Alex Wright, MBA /MD ‘21

10:10 AM – Bundle of Joy
At Bundle of Joy, we assist parents by providing more convenient and safe options for taking care of their children while on the go. We do this through a combination of subscription services to the home and daycare as well as conveniently placed vending machines. For those parents who are challenged with the expenses of raising a child, we will donate one diaper for every Bundle of Joy kit sold back to the community. Hiroki Mochizuki, MBA ’21; Tyrone Smith, MBA ’21

10:45 AM – Geo Homes
Geo Homes offers a flexible solution to evolving residential needs. Capitalizing on the runaway popularity of detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, otherwise known as granny flats or mother-in-law units), Geo Homes differentiates by offering semi-permanent, ADUs-on-demand. Geo Homes ADUs can be quickly installed, easily removed, continually reused and eliminate permanent alteration to your property. Paul Peterson, MBA ’21; Jonathan Ruud, MBA ’21; Joshua Goodman, MBA ’21; Rahul Sekhar, MBA ‘21

11:20AM – Lost Aisle
Lost Aisle delivers the service and product selection of an upscale corner store in a mobile form factor brought directly to your home. Lost Aisle will offer produce from local farms and pre-made meals from local restaurants. We don’t just deliver your order, we deliver the entire store! Customers can order the Lost Aisle truck to their home as if it were an Uber or schedule a weekly stop to restock the pantry. Destin Douglas, MBA / MS Computer Science ‘21

11:55 AM – Release
University students must often sign 12-month lease contracts, even though the academic year is much shorter. As a result, students are often left on the hook to either find a new tenant for themselves or unnecessarily waste money on a vacant apartment when the academic year ends. Release, a web and iOS based platform, offers tenants a straightforward and painless alternative to finding sublessees in Austin by taking over the subleasing process from end-to-end. Justin Malone, MBA ’21; Christian Hundt, MBA ’20; Elmer Melendez, MS Computer Science ’20

JBTVL Practicum Info Sessions

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The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs connects local startup companies with talented and entrepreneurial graduate students at the University of Texas.

The JBTVL Practicum course offers students the chance to participate in semester-long consulting projects solving important problems alongside the company’s founders. If admitted to the program, students will work closely with two startup companies on: market validation, competitive analysis, financial analysis and business model assessment. Practicum students also receive extensive funding guidance from professors and entrepreneurs.

UT Austin graduate students with a curiosity about entrepreneurship can apply for Fall 2020. The deadline is February 21, 2020.

Questions? Information Sessions are available between February 7 to February 20 at various locations around campus. Chances are, there’s a session near you at the perfect time!

Feb 7, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
RRH 1.354

Feb 7, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
BME 1.112

Feb 10, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
RRH 1.354

Feb 10, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
JON 5.208 

Feb 11, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
RRH 1.354

Feb 11, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
BME 3.206 –

Feb 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
RRH 1.354

Feb 12, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
CPE 4.446

Feb 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
JON 5.208
Feb 14, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
CPE 4.446

Feb 17, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
BEN 1.106 

Feb 18, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
EER 2.850

Feb 18, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
BEN 1.102

Feb 19, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
EER 2.610

Feb 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
RRH 1.354

Here is a link for Info Session registration:  Choose your most convenient information session and come find out more!  Or contact us at

Want to cut to the chase and access the program’s student application?  Click here:

Announcing the JBTVL Accelerator Spring 2020 Cohort

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We welcome these innovative companies who have been selected for our upcoming cohort!

These 14 startup ventures were selected from a highly competitive field of applicants and represent some of the finest early-stage ventures that are being developed around Austin. They will be working with multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin to solve business challenges and accelerate growth. This relationship between the highly talented grad students and amazing startups has helped our alumni companies raise nearly $800 million in funding over the 10 years we have been operating our accelerator. We are sure to see more of this and the resulting economic development from this Spring 2020 cohort, as well!


Let’s meet the startups!


BlacktopLogoBlacktop is a business intelligence software designed for the 16,800 U.S. franchise automobile dealers. It will aggregate data from silos it currently lives in, mine data for profit leaks and opportunities, and deliver intelligent decisions for dealership personnel through data “stories” that are easy to understand and act upon.


blinkai.logoBlink AI provides omni channel communication and marketing platforms to Automotive Industry customers. They help both OEM and Dealers by connecting with their customers at dozens of the most critical moments in the ownership life cycle.



Choose Health develops and markets at-home, internal health testing products to enable users to track and improve a core panel of biomarkers linked to chronic disease and long term health. With a simple, affordable virtual lab testing and tracking service that monitors the key markers of physical health, users learn how these are impacted by their lifestyle and how they can improve from the inside out.

Detecting Talent Logo

Detecting Talent is a cloud-based HR software solution that redefines how data is used to solve one of the most pressing problems facing companies today – Employee Retention. They employ AI and Machine Learning to transform employee data into meaningful, actionable insights.


Himes promotes sustainability by producing a variety of sustainable workwear products and  development of a new technology that will close the loop to create Circular Economy and reduce the environmental impact caused by textiles and after-use garments.


Hyve Logo

Hyve is an innovative solution which can help households and companies rid their environment of unwanted germs by naturally cleaning at the microscopic level with probiotic based solutions.


LaundrisLogoLaundris is “Linen Management on Auto-Pilot” with a patent pending smart linen service. They provide a pioneering and innovative process for smart commercial laundry service that eliminates the uncertainty of a highly manual and chaotic process and allows for precision, predictability and accurate forecasting of inventory and assets.


Nada Logo

Nada is a vertically integrated real estate tech company that leverages technology and affordable prices to provide consumers an end-to-end buying, selling and owning experience.


Ploto Logo

Ploto provides a platform with customizable solutions for brands, event marketing agencies and organizations to design and deploy Direct To Consumer (DTC) campaigns that generate consumer connection, trust and actionable business intelligence. Their DTC framework provides clients the tools needed to generate custom campaigns and learn more about their consumer base and improve the Life Time Value (LTV) of their connections without depending on third party data providers, like social media platforms.



Provene provides a Software as a Service (SaaS), web-based tool and platform designed to help behavioral and medical healthcare providers efficiently and effectively communicate and coordinate care. CleanTrac has customizable real-time capabilities to connect resources, observe behavior, measure outcomes, proactively intervene and develop best practices throughout the continuum of care.



PurPics is an Austin-based peer influencer platform redesigning the way brands engage GenZ/college students. They provide brands with access to a growing network of Gen Z influencers at college campuses across the country with a combined reach of over 30 million. Their users generate 10x the engagement of typical Instagram marketing strategies. They have worked with brands like Lime Scooters, Clif Bar, Shake Shack, Soylent, Vita Coco and many others.

WilderSystemsLogoWilder Systems is expanding the range of feasible robotic applications by introducing collaborative, multi-functional robots into aerospace manufacturing. Their cost-effective robotics help aircraft manufacturers who want to improve productivity, quality and ergonomics.

Winter Haven Capital Logo

Winter Haven Capital Winter Haven Capital is an innovative, dynamic fin-tech start-up selling an equity trading platform with better risk management capabilities and methodology, the QuanTiles Analytics platform, an automated solution which provides executable insights and allows retail investors to hedge their long equity portfolio.



ZipcodeXpress is an Austin-based tech company focused on last-mile delivery using a smart locker based logistics platform. Now Class B and C apartments can turn package delivery from a cost center into a revenue center by providing the tenants with the option to pay for self-service, smart lockers. ZipcodeXpress also helps enterprises with asset management by using their smart lockers to automate asset check-in and out process.


Spring Venture Expo, April 2020 at Robert B. Rowling Hall

If you want to learn more about these innovative companies, visit their websites linked in their descriptions and also mark your calendars for our JBTVL Venture Expo which is tentatively scheduled for April 23, 2020 and will feature these 14 amazing companies and more!  Connect with us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date!

JBTVL in 2019: Year in Review

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JBTVL in 2019: Year in Review

As we wrap up 2019, marking our 35th year of supporting entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin and beyond, we take a look back and reflect on how JBTVL made a positive impact with the help of all our stakeholders.

JBTVL Investment Competition

Our flagship event, the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC), is held towards the end of each Spring and Fall semester. We get hundreds of applications from UT Austin graduate students that want to pitch their startup ideas and compete for cash prizes and the chance to go to New York and participate in a Nasdaq bell ceremony.

In 2019, TVLIC selected 47 companies from the many high-quality applications we received for our Spring and Fall competitions. For the 10 student startups that made it to the finals from both events combined, we gave out over $58,000 in prizes!

Mark your calendars for the next TVLIC, which is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020.

JBTVL Practicum

One of the main ways we support entrepreneurship is by working with graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin in our JBTVL Practicum class. This multi-disciplinary class gives select graduate students from all across campus a behind-the-scenes view of how startups build their businesses. By matching the student teams with companies from our JBTVL Accelerator, the students get hands-on experience by providing consulting and market research to help accelerate growth.

Looking at both the Spring and Fall semesters in 2019, we had 148 applicants and accepted 95 into the class. Those students contributed hundreds of hours of hard work to our accelerator companies, conducting semester-long projects to give a deeper understanding of industry and market dynamics, target customer profiles, financial modeling, marketing strategy, and much more. From all that hard work, we can point to millions in fundraising done by our alumni companies since leaving those cohorts and many students that have gone into their careers with a richer understanding of working with a new venture.

Our Spring 2020 class is shaping up to be another amazing group and we can’t wait to get started in January. We will also begin recruiting for the fall semester starting in February.

JBTVL Accelerator

We recruit early stage ventures from all across the Texas startup ecosystem to participate in our equity-free, no-cost accelerator program. These companies get hundreds of hours of research and consulting from UT Austin’s best and brightest graduate students who apply for our Texas Venture Labs Practicum.

The 2019 Spring cohort of the JBTVL Accelerator was comprised of 14 amazing companies ranging from aerospace manufacturing robotics, AI-enabled drones, and 3-dimensional data visualization to safety eyeware innovation and a Latin food company. Many of those companies have gone on to raise more funding from grants and investors.

Our 2019 Fall cohort saw 12 companies take strides towards their next major milestones. This group included tasty innovations in the health-food market, promising new methods for delivering supplements, advanced methane detection, a wearable device for cattle health, groundbreaking energy storage technology, and advanced AI for sensor data in manufacturing, along with other fantastic up-and-coming companies.

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming cohort and the projects that JBTVL will be helping them with starting in January.

JBTVL Venture Expo

Both nights of the JBTVL Venture Expo, our biannual celebration of early-stage startups, were full of world-changing potential. A total of 59 companies from across the UT startup ecosystem participated. These startups, including 26 from our Spring and Fall accelerator cohorts and 23 from the ranks of our accelerator alumni, came together to show off their progress, find new partners, attract talent and connect with investors. We had hundreds in attendance and many meaningful connections were made.

Our next Venture Expo is tentatively set for April 23, 2020.

Well…that’s a wrap on 2019 and another successful decade. Have a wonderful and prosperous new year!

Stay connected with JBTVL in 2020 by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on social media!

2019 Fall TVLIC Winners Announced

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Plexus Technology earned first place and the $10,000 award in JBTVL’s Fall 2019 Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) on December 6, 2019. As Texas Champion, Plexus Technology also won the priceless opportunity to close the Nasdaq in New York City and advising from the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs staff.

Plexus Technology provides a closed mesh dome for events and crowded locations to provide customers and administrators location and messaging capability without cell tower carriers. Their communication and location services platform is reliable in limited cell environments. The company’s CTO is Casey Roberts, McCombs MBA ‘20.

The other four finalists included HiPR Innovation in second place receiving $5,000. Prolonged contact and pressure caused by sitting on a wheelchair leaves patients at high risk to develop pressure ulcers. To solve this, HiPR is developing the first reactive, smart wheelchair cushion that can dynamically alleviate high pressure and prevent pressure ulcers.

2WayLive placed third receiving $4,000. 2WayLive is an interactive tele-education platform aiming to connect good teachers with students around the world. Using two-way high definition audio/video, real-time chat and synchronous assessment, a teacher can reach, teach, assess and interact with students sitting in several remote classrooms.

Functional Furniture placed fourth receiving $3,000. Functional Furniture enables active living by designing and producing ready-to-assemble furniture that serves the intended household use case while also acting as exercise equipment, promoting functional movement and therapeutic benefits.

CooMo Travel placed fifth receiving $2,000. CooMo Travel is an online platform which allows the 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 experience. Those that plan their trip through the platform will have the ability to see other travelers that will be traveling to the same cities at the same time.

In addition to awarding the top five teams, Slick Sigma received the James D. Pippin Veteran Award of $1,000 given to the most promising startup in TVLIC with one or more veteran co-founders.  L’MO is a platform that connects retail merchants to crowdsourced delivery options for next day delivery of household goods to end users, homes or businesses. The solution involves ordinary shoppers and the infrastructure currently available through Uber and Lyft style drivers to perform the deliveries to provide a low cost opportunity for local retailers to compete in ecommerce.

The E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Award is given to the best elevator pitches delivered by TVLIC competitors in honor of E. Craig Nemec, a successful McCombs alum. Our three winners this semester were HiPR Innovation, Legacy Project Studios and Plexus Technology. Each team will receive $1,000.

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) Schedule

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Semifinals Schedule – December 6, 2019 Rowling Hall


Division I – RRH 3.304

9:00 AM – Aperiam Bio
Aperiam Bio is engineering biological molecules for agricultural and pharmaceutical applications — these products might increase the nutritional profile of animal feed or help kill cancer cells — using proprietary machine learning tools.  Austin Cole, ICMB PhD ’20; Daniel Diaz, Chemistry PhD ’23; Raghav Shroff, ICMB PhD ’20

9:35 AM – Aevum BioTech
Aevum BioTech is taking a process that was intended to assist with human reproduction and repurposing it towards the cattle industry. By combining traditional methods with a new technology, Aevum substantially increases success rates that result in increased profits for the cattle industry. Apollo Hernandez, MSTC ’20; Robb Dettmer, MSTC ’20; Jason Grizzle, MSTC ’20; Katie Morgan, MSTC ’20; Peter Gill, MSTC ’20; Amin Dhukka, MSTC ‘20

10:10 AM – CytonSys
CytonSys has developed Photo-Bio-Modulation technologies to enhance the cognitive functions for brain conditions treatment and anti-aging processes. Proven research and products are available in the market now. Lida Huang, ECE PhD ’20; Courtney Alexander, Psychology PhD ‘20

10:45 AM – HiPR Innovation
Prolonged contact and pressure caused by sitting on a wheelchair leaves patients at high risk to develop pressure ulcers. To solve this, HiPR is developing the first reactive, smart wheelchair cushion that can dynamically alleviate high pressure and prevent pressure ulcers. David Chun, Engineering ’20

11:20 AM – Rombal
Rombal’s DynaTense is a medical device used by orthopedic surgeons during knee replacement (TKR) surgery to assist in making data-driven decisions about soft tissue tension, which is crucial to post-operative patient satisfaction. The data it supplies on soft tissue tension enables surgeons to make the best bone cuts. Doug Fairbanks, MSTC ’20; Brian South, MSTC’20


Division II – RRH 3.402

9:00 AM – Legacy Project Studios
Through a blended approach of personal interviews and creative collaborations, Legacy Project Studios will do more than organize and provide beautiful images – we will help future generations of loved ones to know the stories behind them.  James Lee, Executive MBA ’20; Kelly Trout, Executive MBA ’20; Ryan Roecker, Executive MBA ’20; Rahul Jain, Executive MBA ’20

9:35 AM – Picko
Picko is a low-cost food delivery service for educational and corporate campuses. Picko uses its network of smart lockers on campuses to deliver items. Customers pick up their items from the lockers instead of meeting the drivers. In exchange, they only pay $1 for delivery, no tips, no hidden charges. Rambod Yousefzadeh Tabasi, Aerospace Engineering PhD ’20

10:10 AM – Home & Herd
Home & Herd is an online marketplace connecting breeders with end customers through review based listings. We want to be the one stop search, shop and purchase for your next animal.  Ilya Kuperman, MSTC ’20

 10:45 AM – CooMo Travel
CooMo Travel is an online platform which allows the 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 experience. Those that plan their trip through the platform will have the ability to see other travelers that will be traveling to the same cities at the same time. Tyler Moyer, MSTC ’20

11:20 AM – Farm to Bowl Kitchens
Farm to Bowl Kitchens uses local supply chains to source and prepare fresh ingredients to produce on-demand plant-based nutrition solutions autonomously. We apply cutting edge technologies to reduce the costs and risks associated with producing and distributing prepared foods made with fresh, perishable ingredients. Charles Hall, TEMBA ‘20

11:55 AM – RightTrack
RightTrack is a digital platform that aggregates financial data to provide holistic, forward-looking insights and matches users with financial planners based on their financial goals.
Kevin Matthews II, MSTC ’20; Jake Moreno, MSTC ’20; Munira Hassain, MSTC ‘20


Division III – RRH 3.406

9:00 AM – Helios
Helios creates and markets better-for-you sandals with elegant and classic design.  We intend to build a footwear brand which customers associate with wellness and mindfulness. Our sandals serve as a beautiful new everyday staple for consumers who are both health conscious and design conscious. Stuart Smith, MBA ’21

9:35 AM – Functional Furniture
Functional Furniture enables active living by designing and producing ready-to-assemble furniture that serves the intended household use case while also acting as exercise equipment, promoting functional movement and therapeutic benefits. Alexander Kennedy Darvishian. MBA ’21

10:10 AM – Slick Sigma
L’MO is a platform that connects retail merchants to crowdsourced delivery options for next day delivery of household goods to end users, homes or businesses. The solution involves ordinary shoppers and the infrastructure currently available through Uber and Lyft style drivers to perform the deliveries to provide a low cost opportunity for local retailers to compete in ecommerce. Sean Hanko, MSTC ’20; Craig Sico, MSTC ’20; Ihab Azzam, MSTC ’20; Rennad Murugan, MSTC ‘20           

 10:45 AM – Good Apple
Good Apple is an Austin-based produce delivery service on a mission to end food insecurity and support a strong, local food system. We partner with local farmers to rescue healthy fruits and veggies that would otherwise go unsold. We then deliver this fresh produce to our customers on a subscription basis   Zack Timmons, M.D. ’21; Alex Wright, M.D. MBA ‘21

11:20 AM – Home Equity Leveraging Partners (H.E.L.P)
HELP is a real estate investment company that enters contractual equity sharing with homeowners in return for cash funding. Our goal is to allow customers to finance the ever-growing costs of education by sharing in a small percentage of the increase in appreciation of a home’s value over time. Kristin Carpenter, MSTC ’20; Dan Edwards, MSTC ’20; Angelo Francisco, MSTC ’20; Ashley Jennings, MSTC ’20; Hasan Abdallah, MSTC ‘20


Division IV – RRH 5.402

9:00 AM – Kuji
For parents who have a baby and are experiencing difficulty caring for their child when out in public, our company solves the problem of finding clean changing stations and having the right supplies on hand. Our company accomplishes this by distributing smart-phone applications and hardware. Hiroki Mochizuki, MBA ’21

9:35 AM – Plexus Technology
Imagine you are in a crowded event and your sister is injured — cell service is overloaded and you need help: we provide a closed mesh dome for events and crowded locations to provide customers and administrators location and messaging capability without cell tower carriers. Casey Roberts, MBA ‘20

10:10 AM – Finora
Finora is a financial technology company that aims to help users better manage their daily disposable income. We aim to influence user behavior to help them develop healthy spending habits, financial literacy and drive positive emotions regarding their personal finance. Mustapha Yisa, MBA ’20; Alex Chen, Mechanical Engineering ’20; Gokhan Koyuncu, MBA ‘20

10:45AM – Preferenda
Preferenda helps A&R representatives and others collect listener feedback on songs before large investments in studio time or promotion are made. An online survey platform for audio content, Preferenda uses patented technology to identify exactly what listeners like and dislike in a song more accurately and faster than existing feedback collection methods. Trent McKenzie, JD ’20

11:20 AM – Alight Health
Alight Health is developing a new model for healthcare services with the immediacy of urgent care, the continuity and capabilities of primary care and the velocity of telemedicine. Alight Health is a low-cost care provider that maximizes clinical efficiency (and therefore patient volume) via telecommunication technology and adaptive data informatics. Noah Austin Minor, MD MBA ’20; Zach Mills, MD MBA ‘20


Division V – RRH 5.420

9:00 AM – Hypepilot
Hypepilot is an open-registration marketplace for companies to create influencer marketing campaigns that publish content like product reviews, shout outs and unboxings on platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Twitch. Our platform facilitates connections between companies and influencers. Reid Thomas, MSTC ‘20; Delano Covarrudias, MSTC ’20

9:35 AM – Nudge Analytics
Nudge Analytics offers K-12 school districts a service that will increase student attendance by utilizing a combination of machine learning and behavioral research.
Sam Hogan, MBA ‘21

10:10 AM –
For endurance event organizers and participants who are experiencing a disjointed event organization and participation experience, provides an end-to-end integrated software solution for registration, ticketing, follow up and more. Jeff Zhao, MSTC ‘20

10:45 AM – PrimeACT
PrimeACT is a mobile application that provides daily user selected actions in order to form new    habits geared towards improving their health and happiness. Clayton Key, MBA ‘20

11:20 AM – Operando
Operando is a workplace productivity tool designed for organizational teams that integrates internal communication platforms and manages project workflows to enhance productivity. Neha Pachade, MSTC ’20; Edward Lewis, MSTC ’20; Maher Tamimi, MSTC ’20; Olufunbi Falayi, MSTC ’20; Ben Li, MSTC ‘20

11:55 AM – 2WayLive
2WayLive is an interactive tele-education platform aiming to connect good teachers with students around the world. Using two-way high definition audio/video, real-time chat and synchronous assessment, a Teacher can reach, teach, assess and interact with students sitting in several remote classrooms. Sanat Sharma, Computer Science ‘20


E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Schedule – December 6, 2019

RRH 4.314

Division I

9:00 AM – CytonSys

9:06 AM – Finora

9:12 AM – Good Apple

9:18 AM – Alight Health

9:24 AM – Operando

9:30 AM – CooMo Travel

9:36 AM – Preferenda

9:42 AM – HiPR Innovation

9:48 AM – Aperiam Bio


Division II

10:00 AM – Kuji

10:06 AM – 2WayLive

10:12 AM – Right Track

10:18 AM – Farm to Bowl Kitchens

10:24 AM – Aevum BioTech

10:30 AM – Plexus Technology

10:36 AM – Rombal

10:42 AM – Nudge Analytics

10:48 AM – H.E.L.P.


Division III

11:00 AM – Functional Furniture

11:06 AM –

11:12 AM – Slick Sigma

11:18 AM – Home & Herd

11:24 AM – Legacy Project Studios

11:30 AM – Helios

11:36 AM – PrimeACT

11:42 AM – Hypepilot

11:48 AM – Picko


2 PM – 5 PM
Finals:  Winner of each Semifinals division competes
Crum Auditorium, RRH 1.400


PM – 7 PM 
Awards Ceremony:  Winners announced
Crum Auditorium, RRH 1.400


The event is free and open to the public.  No need to register to attend.

If you wish to compete, check out the Rules and FAQs. If you are a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, feel free to apply here for our Spring 2020 TVLIC or email us with any questions you may have at

Watch Startup Pitches at the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition on Dec. 6

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The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. Graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin present their ideas for new businesses and receive invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and investors. Many TVLIC competitors go on to launch their businesses. Successful competitors have included uShip, Ordoro, BeatBox Beverages, Phurnace Software and Qcue among others.

TVLIC gives away more than $58,000 a year in prizes during its fall and spring competitions. The competition is open to any UT Austin graduate student. For questions, please see the  Rules and FAQs or contact us at

The 2019 Fall TVLIC will be held on Friday, December 6 in Rowling Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Semifinals and Nemec Elevator Challenge will run from 9 AM until 12 PM. Top teams from Semifinals will compete in the Finals from 2 PM until 5 PM in the Crum Auditorium.

The public is welcome to watch these aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ventures.  The full presentation schedule will be posted here soon.

Fall 2019 Venture Expo Companies

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Our upcoming Venture Expo on November 21, 2019 will be featuring our Fall 2019 JBTVL Accelerator cohort, JBTVL Alumni Companies and other amazing startups from the University of Texas at Austin ecosystem! Read about these exciting new ventures below.

Entrepreneurship and UT Austin Startup Showcase Venture Expo

Fall 2019 JBTVL Venture Expo – RSVP:

Our current JBTVL Accelerator cohort is showing some serious potential and promises to be one of our most successful cohorts to date. Some of the projects that JBTVL is working with them on as part of our accelerator.

  • Elite Sweets – Distribution and Financial Model Validation
  • EPX – Market Segmentation and Competitive Analysis
  • MDM Wound Ventures – Market Analysis, Product Expansion and Revenue Projections
  • Pink Science– Market Analysis and Beachhead Market Mapping
  • Pocket Innovations – Market Validation and Patent Verification
  • Relay IQ– Customer Discovery and Pricing Strategy
  • Roper – UX Design Validation and Target Market Validation
  • Steamm Espresso – Go-to-Market and Funding Path Research
  • Tradiies – Revenue Model Validation and Data Strategy
  • Troposphere– Market Expansion and Target Segment Research
  • Yotta Energy – Market Sizing, Competitive Analysis and Valuation
  • Viviota – Current Market Assessment, Expansion and New Market Validation

In addition to the Fall 2019 Accelerator companies, we have more amazing companies that will be on the Expo Floor.

  • AngelSpan, Inc. – Worthy startups outside Silicon Valley, NY, Boston and LA struggle for funding, while investors interested in funding entrepreneurs are frustrated with the process. AngelSpan and our Legacy Funds division addresses these challenges.
  • Auto Labs – Auto Labs creates opportunities for auto dealers to engage with their customer during the whole ownership life cycle with Sophi, an artificial intelligence-powered omni-channel communication and productivity solution.
  • Big Wheelbarrow – Provides a B2B platform that enables large grocery store chains and food service companies to meet the booming demand for local food.
  • Charity Charge – Business credit cards designed specifically for the needs of nonprofits which require no personal guarantor, carry no annual or per card fees, and generate cash back automatically.
  • ElecTrip – City to city transportation company that uses technology, electric vehicles, and trained drivers to get clients from points A to B in the most efficient, sustainable and productive way possible.
  • HiPR Innovation, Inc. – HiPR is developing the first smart, dynamic and reactive wheelchair cushion system to prevent pressure ulcer development.
  • Locoal – Provides a zero-waste solution for organic landscape materials, utilizing the feedstock to generate renewable clean energy while capturing carbon in value added co-products.
  • NovoThelium – An internationally awarded biotech startup developing a human derived acellular nipple areolar matrix for use in nipple reconstruction after trauma or mastectomy.
  • Picko – Low-cost food delivery for high population density campuses using logistics and batching technology to reduce the number of delivery trips and associated costs significantly.
  • Plexus Technology  – Plexus provides communication and location services on a platform designed to succeed in limited cell environments by using a closed WIFI mesh network.
  • Pocket Punch – Created by five female UT student entrepreneurs, Pocket Punch empowers individuals to be in charge of their own safety through a hand-held multi-functional self-defense device.
  • Rocket Dollar, Inc. – A fintech platform designed to help people use IRAs and 401(k)s to invest in alternative assets such as real estate, startups, and crypto.
  • WriterDuet (FlexDocs) – Offers a real-time collaboration platform for creative teams to innovate and execute seamlessly by transforming content into myriad views, allowing them to build and iterate on the same data using their own unique thought-process and workflow.

Come check out all of these exciting new ventures and connect with the startup ecosystem in this fun environment, complete with an elevator pitch showcase, an expo floor event and a reception!


Thursday, November 21
from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Robert B. Rowling Hall
300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Austin, TX 78705