TVL Accelerator Proves Investor Ready at Spring 2017 Expo

Many companies could benefit from better market sizing, more market validation and better product/market. These are all areas that can easily prevent an investment deal from happening. The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) Accelerator helps companies get Investor Ready through our free accelerator program (no…

NovoThelium Wins 2017 Spring TVLIC

NovoThelium TVLIC winner

Lauren Cornell, a Ph.D. candidate at the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, received first place in the 2017 Spring Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) on May 5, 2017, for her company, NovoThelium. NovoThelium has developed a technology that enables women to regenerate a nipple…

Rob Lajeunesse of Mesh

Mesh Wins Wells Fargo Clean Technology Prize at Spring 2017 TVLIC

The UT Austin student company called Mesh has won the Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award at the spring 2017 Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) at The University of Texas at Austin on May 5, 2017. TVLIC featured 24 startup companies started by graduate students…

Now Accepting TVL Accelerator Applications (Through June 30, 2017)

The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs at UT Austin is now accepting applications for our Fall 2017 semester. Austin area startups (non-student) are encouraged to apply now through June 30, 2017 (the last day you can apply). APPLY HERE Approximately 14 of the top Austin…

Fall 2016 Accelerator Companies Highlight

Here at TVL, we are accustomed to our Accelerator Companies doing great things – securing financing, filing patents, hiring people, and acquiring customers. This semester is no exception. Below are highlights for three of our companies that have all reached major milestones since the start of the semester in late August: MedNoxa, HERO and Peeple.



Founder and CEO of MedNoxa, Eric Frey, secured an exclusive license in late September to the technology developed at Purdue for an oxygenated bandage that improves wound healing times. This important step allows MedNoxa to move forward with their FDA approval process as a Class I device, which is on the fast track (exempt from premarket notification requirements).



HERO App was selected in the TechStars Mobility 2016 class in Detroit and pitched on Demo Day in early September. Founder CEO Alex Crosby was honored at the Forbes Under 30 Summit just last week in Boston. The HERO App specifically caught the attention of Jon Gray at The Blackstone Group. HERO has a pilot starting in Austin this holiday season in partnership with Heineken.



Peeple has just returned back to Austin from their most recent trip to China to set up tooling for the manufacturing of their Wi-Fi enabled camera that attaches to an existing peep hole on your front door. The trip resulted in the construction of five steel molds that will be used to create the plastic parts of the Peeple product. CEO Chris Chuter is excited at the progress toward fulfilling over 1,000 pre-orders and expects to ship before the end of the year.

Are you an Austin company with the next great idea? Join our free, no cash, no equity, gratis accelerator and get a gaggle of great grad students working to support getting you funded today! Applications due by November 15.


Six Powerful Lessons from Jon Brumley

On a gorgeous afternoon in Austin, Texas situated in a private dining room inside the AT&T Conference Center at The University of Texas, students and staff of the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs got to sit down with Jon Brumley himself for an engaging Q&A. …

A Recent Deal Puts Beyonic in the Money

Last week, 1776 member Beyonic announced huge news. The mobile payment startup finalized its partnership with Mobile Accord to form the largest mobile money aggregator in Africa. Luke Kyohere, Beyonic’s CEO and Cofounder, is Ugandan and explained that his startup is different from other similar…

2016 Texas Venture Labs Scholarship Now Open

The 2016 Texas Venture Labs Scholarship is now open. Apply Here 2016 Texas Venture Labs Scholarship is a program that annually awards two entrepreneurial McCombs MBA applicants with scholarships to defray the cost of their MBA while continuing to develop their startups. Each scholarship is…