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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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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.

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

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: http://bit.ly/JBTVL_Practicum  Choose your most convenient information session and come find out more!  Or contact us at infoTVL@mccombs.utexas.edu.

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

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.

 

ChooseHealthLogo

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.

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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.

HimesLogo

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.

 

ProveneLogo

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.

 

PurPicsLogo

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.

 

ZipCodeXpressLogo

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!

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: Attend.com/VentureExpoFall19

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!

RSVP: Attend.com/VentureExpoFall19

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

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

Veteran Austin entrepreneur Mellie Price Tapped to Lead New Business/Medical Partnership

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Health Startups Have New Home for Growth, Opportunity at UT Austin
Veteran Austin entrepreneur Mellie Price tapped to lead new business/medical partnership

AUSTIN, Texas – Health product innovators and entrepreneurs in the Texas capital are getting a leg up thanks to a new partnership at The University of Texas at Austin between the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) at the McCombs School of Business and the Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School. The unique collaboration is intended to accelerate the pace of health product innovation in Austin.

Health-focused entrepreneurs, inventors, clinicians and researchers are already working with the medical school’s hub for innovation, known as the Texas Health CoLab, to create products and services that improve patient health outcomes and lower the cost of health care. Their startups can now get an additional boost by also applying to be part of the business school’s JBTVL, an accelerator that matches early-stage startups with cross-functional student teams from across UT Austin graduate schools to help solve critical business problems.

“Health care is perhaps the most pressing need for business transformation in our country,” said McCombs’Dean Jay Hartzell. “Leveraging the joint power of the Health CoLab and JBTVL helps to support local startups and further advance Austin as a center for health care innovation.”

Dell Med Dean Clay Johnston, M.D., agreed, saying, “This interdisciplinary effort combines innovation, collaboration and community benefit, and is absolutely aligned with Dell Med’s interest in making Austin a model healthy city.”

Veteran Austin entrepreneur Mellie Price to lead partnership

Leaders from both schools also announced that veteran local entrepreneur Mellie Price has been tapped to be the new executive director of the JBTVL, and to lead this unique cross-school partnership. Price will also continue her current work as executive director of commercialization and managing director of the Texas Health CoLab at Dell Med. John Sibley Butler, JBTVL’s past director, will now serve as its faculty director.

Dell Med created the Texas Health CoLab to enable a robust health innovation ecosystem in Central Texas, advance its mission to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy, and to support new business ventures focused on improving health.

“This partnership reinforces the commitment of both schools to foster an environment supporting creative business solutions within the health care industry – something I have been passionate about throughout my career,” said Price, an experienced investor, technologist and co-founder of Austin’s startup ecosystems Capital Factory and SoftMatch.

The JBTVL pairs graduate students with local startups from all industries, offering assistance in writing business plans, forecasting financials, performing competitive research, developing pricing and marketing strategies and more. Graduate students from the MBA, law, engineering, pharmacy and natural sciences programs participate in semester-long consulting projects and work alongside the company founders to earn academic credit in exchange for high-quality consulting work and real-world experience.

“Under Mellie’s leadership, the JBTVL is taking business ventures to the next level, serving as a unique forum for investors to engage with researchers and startups from within the UT Austin community,” said Luis Martins, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of Management and director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs.

At the end of each semester, the JBTVL hosts an expo to showcase its latest startup innovations. The next expo will take place on November 21, 2019. Apply for the 2020 Spring Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs Accelerator Cohort here.

Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort

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Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) is proud to welcome these promising companies into our Fall 2019 Accelerator cohort. Please take a moment to explore this wonderful group of innovative Austin startups spanning healthcare, technology, consumer, and business services. Our JBTVL Practicum students hit the ground running on Monday, September 9 to work with these companies in preparation for the JBTVL Venture Expo on November 21!

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Elite Sweets was founded by UT Austin student athletes who want to change the way people think about sweets. They are redefining sweet treats, starting with donuts that provide actual nutrition and are protein-packed, gluten-free, keto-friendly, low-sugar and low-carb. (More Info)

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EPX is a highly social business network built to be the center of gravity for the world’s greatest achievers, explorers and entrepreneurs. They can network with like-minded peers while accelerating business success and experiencing the world’s greatest adventures. (More Info)

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MDM Wound Ventures, LLC, develops and manufactures innovative and disruptive product for wound care facilities and providers to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs.  (More Info)

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Pink Science has a custom formulated body lotion that supplies micro-nutrients through the skin into the blood system. These transdermal products are absorbed more effectively and are designed to affect areas of the body away from the site of application, unlike most topical products.

 

pocket-innovations-logo

Pocket Innovations aims to solve a common complication that results from implant procedures for pacemaker, defibrillator, ICD, or Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) devices, known as the pocket hematoma. Their creative solution, the PocketPro, can help prevent the formation of these costly hematomas. (More Info)

relay-iq-logo

RelayiQ uses machine learning to directly deliver key business insights from existing dashboards while prescribing custom tailored actions to the right people at the right time in the right way, turning dashboard fatigue into data-driven actions and measurable business results. (More Info)

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Roper’s solar-powered, long-range GPS ear-tag for beef cattle empowers ranchers with a novel, data-driven technology that boosts herd productivity, promotes ecologically sound grazing, maximizes animal health and welfare, and reduces labor and losses. (More Info)

steamm-logo

Steamm Espresso is the world’s first authentic Ready-To-Drink bottled espresso beverage. Packing two shots of espresso per bottle, their indulgent concoction is a healthier alternative to synthetic caffeine or drive through coffee and crafted for anyone new to enjoying espresso drinks. (More Info)

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Tradiies is the premier resource for beauty professionals to find jobs, candidates and hands-on education, using a B2B LinkedIn-style platform to radically improve on existing industry options. (More Info)

 

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Troposphere helps oil and gas companies avoid natural gas leaks and radically lowers the cost of real-time leak detection with breakthrough methane sensors which are installed on upstream oil and gas sites to “sniff” for methane in the air and send alerts when levels are high. (More Info)

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Viviota enables engineering teams to manage, analyze and share sensor data generated in the design and development of advanced vehicles and devices before they go into manufacturing. Their customers improve product quality, reduce time to market, and free up engineering resources. (More Info)

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Yotta’s mission is to simplify energy storage, reduce costs and help lead the world’s transition to clean renewable energy by building an innovative behind-the-solar-panel energy storage solution with passive temperature regulation. (More Info)

Spring 2019 Accelerator Cohort

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JBTVL is proud to introduce our Spring 2019 cohort of TVL Accelerator companies and welcome them to our family. Please take a moment to explore this promising group of Austin startups spanning healthcare, technology, consumer, and business services. Our TVL Practicum students hit the ground running on Monday, January 28 to work with these companies in preparation for Venture Expo on April 18.

3Data

3Data is the PowerPoint and Excel of Mixed Reality, focusing on 3D graph visualizations and the future of enterprise presentations. Current big data visualization software was designed for classic computing and lacks the capabilities to create, collaborate and present highly complex visualizations. 3Data solves these problems with a turn key solution to increase the productivity of data scientists by 12X. (More Info)

AnatoMotion is pioneering the placement of sensors directly on the teeth to enable a new level of precision and measurement. This will revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of several major orofacial conditions. AnatoMotion plans to launch two devices; first with a FDA Class I label using CAD/3D technology, and second with a FDA Class II label by incorporating Pulse/Oxygen data to help treat more complex conditions, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). (More Info)

BioKaab is an enterprise focused on developing commercial biotechnological integral solutions. They developed the DGreen line of degreasers and sanitizers to reduce the cost and environmental impact of industrial operations. BioKaab’s enzymatic based products easily remove grease, oils, sugars, carbohydrates and other crust formations and accumulations. (More Info)

Planning is cumbersome. Software like Asana and Trello made project management more agile, but open-ended planning remains wasteful. Cause and effect relationships are the core of a plan. Broadcouncil’s software makes plans’ causal logic so intuitive that you can plan quickly without sacrificing internal consistency. Broadcouncil’s beachhead market is boutique consultancies focused on strategy. (More Info)

Fuel cells and electrolyzers can be brought to their full potential simply by unlocking their operation at elevated temperatures. Celadyne’s proton exchange membrane operates at ambient and elevated temperatures. The Celadyne membrane is based on a nano-ceramic approach that enables elevated temperature proton conductivity while combining the mechanical stability, and gas impermeability of a ceramic membrane with the thin form-factor and roll-to-roll processibility of a polymeric membrane at a cheaper price point.

At En Solución, we believe we can make fresh produce safer in a way that is more effective, cost-competitive, and better for workers and the environment than the current practice of mega-dosing with chemicals. Our novel technology injects gases contained in nanobubbles into post-harvest wash water. Our funded research will validate that this process results in at least a 3-log reduction of dangerous pathogens. There are approximately 16,000 facilities that handle fresh produce in the US. After accounting for facilities with multiple wash lines, and expanding to include the Canadian and Mexican industries, we project our serviceable available market to be 4,000 wash lines in North America. (More Info)

Groove.id is a SaaS identity management platform that securely connects people to the technology they use at work. Gone are the days when computing occurred in walled gardens protected by a hardened network perimeter. Today, organizations of all sizes embrace cloud services and data must be accessible across the public internet. Groove.id’s solution is differentiated by combining strong device authentication with context-based variable friction to eliminate the need for passwords. (More Info)

H2Optimize is the developer of Hydroid, a genuinely smart water meter. Hydroid improves water use accuracy, reports in real-time and stops water waste, reducing consumption up to 30%. The Hydroid system promotes daily water engagement by providing insights, alerts and remote valve control. Hydroid’s advancements increases our water awareness so we can reduce waste, lower bills, conserve water and become better stewards. Hydroid has the real world potential to save billions in money and water. (More Info)

For stroke patients, the complexity of the shoulder anatomy renders current physical therapy solutions insufficient which results in long term paralysis and difficulty in returning to work. Harmonic Bionics has developed a sophisticated rehab robot based on clinical evidence. Harmony, our upper-limb rehab robot, corrects the shoulder coordination while the brain re-learns neuromuscular control affected by stroke. The system combines robotics, sensors, machine learning, and graphics to deliver an evidence-based approach to neuro-rehabilitation. (More Info)

Indyfin’s vision is to create the most effective personalized wealth management platform for consumers and financial advisers. Financial advisers today charge consumers very high fees – typically 1% of managed assets. Finding a compatible financial adviser is a cumbersome process and services are usually limited to portfolio management, tax, and estate planning; there is no specialized advice. Indyfin has developed a psychometric matching algorithm to match consumers with a compatible third-party financial adviser for tailored hourly consulting on an as-needed basis. (More Info)

Every family has to make a choice about child care but there is no single place to compare, review, search, and secure childcare options. JuiceBox Hero is an online platform to simplify the difficult task that all parents face: filtering their child care options in a way that is accessible, informative, and user-friendly. JuiceBox Hero directly facilitates quality child care matches between parents and providers. (More Info)

Our patent-pending magnetic socks stay together on laundry day, eliminating lost socks. We pour passion, ingenuity, trendy design, fun, and love into every pair we create. Not only are SoleMate Sox a major problem solver but we took it a step further and created an eco-friendly, antimicrobial product. Each pair is knitted with the highest quality, butter soft, breathable bamboo – keeping you cool in the summer and warm and cozy during winter. Solemate Sox are moisture and odor wicking to keep your feet dry and funk free. (More Info)

Trip Loop is a B2B company that simplifies group travel coordination. Our integrated desktop administrative dashboard and traveler app enables group travel providers to develop and update itineraries, enhance safety, and communicate with their travelers -with and without internet. Trip Loop integrates itinerary development, group location tracking, and communication into a single application. (More Info)

Wilder Systems helps aircraft manufacturers cut costs and improve quality by integrating mobile, collaborative robots which do not require significant factory reconfiguration to implement. Due to cost and risk aversion, aircraft factories have gone largely unchanged in the last 60 years. Wilder Systems is leading the evolution away from fixed jigs towards reconfigurable manufacturing cells for the Industry 4.0. (More Info)

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