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Big Texas News

Texas Angel Networks Summit Highlights SA Startup Ecosystem — Link
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TMCx Accelerator Medical Device 2017 Program
Apply Now by June 20th Deadline

Located in the TMC Innovation Institute, the TMCx accelerator program provides startup companies with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of over 120 advisors from the front lines of the industry. Companies have access to the world’s largest medical center, all without membership fees or equity sharing.
 
Participants further develop their companies by attending a variety of workshops and hands-on events to gain insights from experts in every facet of running a health-related business: clinical trials, FDA regulations, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, hospital procurement, commercial pilots, intellectual property, licensing, fundraising, marketing and other critical areas.
 
Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have a ‘works-as’ prototype (This prototype should be capable of demonstrating the key features of the technology and serve as a reference for continued device development.)
  • Companies must have at least 1 or 2 fully dedicated members with the capability to have 1 team member participating in the program.
  • Companies are required to have the necessary runway to adequately support themselves for the next 6 months to ensure that they do not become so financially constrained during the program that they will have to terminate their involvement.

Apply Now by June 20th Deadline

Austin / Central Texas Area

  • Austin Fire Show Podcast — The Philosophy of an Entrepreneur | Vi Nguyen, CEO and Co-founder Homads — Link
  • NewChip is the Kayak of the investment industry — Link
  • Austin’s largest venture raise this year will surprise you — Link
    - The American Genius
  • Google Picks Up Owlchemy Labs, Austin-Based VR Startup — Link
  • Austin Real Estate Tech Startup Opcity Snags $27M in Funding — Link
  • Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Diverse Lead Investment Firms — Link
    - Austin Startup
  • Usabili.me Launches App for Real Time Customer Feedback Online — Link
  • Techstars’ Jason Seats Recounts Lessons From his Entrepreneurial Journey on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast — Link
  • Google Buys Austin-based Owlchemy Labs — Link
  • Opcity Raises $27 Million to Expand its Real Estate Technology Platform and Plans to Hire 200 Employees in Austin — Link
  • Dropoff Raises $8.5 Million to Expand is Same Day Delivery Service Nationwide — Link
  • NarrativeDX Raises Venture Capital for its Artificial Intelligence Platform Aimed at Healthcare Providers — Link
  • eRelevance Lands $5.1 Million in Venture Funding to Expand its Marketing Platform Aimed at Small Businesses — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • How eRelevance has grown into a standout player in the marketing automation field — Link
  • Damn, Daniel: 5 Austin fashion startups with selections on point — Link
  • In just 10 days, Austin tech has raised nearly $70M — Link
  • Best first day ever: How these Austin companies roll out the red carpet for new hires — Link
  • Tech Roundup: Huge week of funding, Google acquires Owlchemy and more — Link
  • Why this Austin design firm sets aside time so its team can take on community projects — Link
  • Opcity’s momentum surges on with $27M Series A — Link
  • 7 pieces of startup advice from Austin’s tech leaders — Link
  • 5 Austin tech companies on the hunt for their next data wizard — Link
  • 16 software companies in Austin you should know — Link
  • How Austin is becoming a go-to city for company IoT hubs — Link
    - BuiltinAustin
  • 5 Virtual Reality Startups in Austin That Will Blow Your Mind — Link
  • Austin Just Launched the Longest Drone Delivery — Link
  • Whole Foods Replaces 5 Board Members and Names New CFO — Link
  • Yodle Co-Founder’s Real Estate Startup Lands $27M Series A — Link
  • An Austin AR Startup Just Got Acquired by D.C.’s Upskill — Link
  • Out of Stealth, Dell Technologies Venture Fund to Invest $100M a Year in Startups — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • Journal Profile: Dana Callender strives to bring diversity to Austin startup scene — Link
  • Whole Foods sees brighter future after $300M in cost cutting, nationwide rollout of rewards program — Link
  • Austin loses another public company: Mood Media nears buyout to focus on growth — Link
  • Reports: Whole Foods to shake up board under investor pressure — Link
  • Dell unveils ‘Alice’ AI platform to assist women entrepreneurs — Link
  • Bank of Austin set to open with tens of millions to loan out to businesses — Link
  • Medical device marketing firm opens Austin office to cash in on city’s health-tech reputation — Link
  • Expanded Capital Factory wants to invest more money in promising startups — Link
  • Dell unveils VC firm investing $100M annually in startups, new products at users conference — Link
  • Smart City tech lives on in Austin: Traffic-safety app tells drivers when to slow down — Link
  • Austin’s Best Places to Work for 2017 — Link
  • Austin startup TenantCloud making life easier for landlords, tenants and contractors — Link
  • CEOs love Texas: State retains top spot in ranking of best places for business — Link
  • Dell and Rackspace team up to sell a cheaper private cloud — Link
  • Small businesses’ ally: Mayor Adler lauded for support of Austin upstarts — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • After buyouts, Austin’s software sector looks for its next breakout companies — Link
  • In Austin’s ride-hailing wars, could a driver’s lounge give Fasten an edge? — Link
  • Why a new Austin recruiting firm is focusing solely on Python developers — Link
  • Tech Crawl: Some twists in the ‘Star Citizen’ story, and Austin tech earnings — Link
  • Got a billion-dollar startup? Put on this horn, you’re a ‘Unicorn’ — Link
  • Reality: Austin’s VR game maker Owlchemy Labs snapped up by Google — Link
  • It looks like the end of the road for Austin’s Mirna Therapeutics — Link
  • Austin startup Opcity — the self-described eHarmony of real estate — raises a whopping $27 million — Link
  • Austin’s Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives — Link
  • VIDEO: Check out the sights, sounds of Dell EMC World 2017 — Link
  • Austin-based Umbel spinoff Pilosa is pushing its big-data indexing at this week’s OSCON — Link
  • AT&T says it has spent $6.8 billion to upgrade Texas network — Link
  • Dell Technologies unveils its venture capital arm with plans to put $100 million in startups — Link
  • Rapid growth continues for Austin app-based delivery service Favor — Link
  • Capital Factory — Austin’s ‘Center of Gravity’ for startups — debuts new event, VR space — Link
  • Check out Capital Factory’s cool new event and VR space on the ground floor of Austin’s Omni Building — Gallery
    - Austin-American Statesman

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • Ross Perot Jr.: DFW is Rich with Entrepreneurs, Tech Talent, and Opportunity — Link
  • CEO Shama Hyder: Millennial Social Media Mogul — Link
    - D Magazine
  • Continue reading Ditch the Q-tips: Fort Worth entrepreneur drops a new solution for ear wax — Link
  • Deep Ellum coworking center expands its space — Link
    - Dallas Morning News
  • ‘The lightbulb went on’: How AT&T shifted its business marketing strategy — Link
  • AT&T exec breaks company’s silence on internet alternative — Link
  • 2017 40 Under 40 honorees pick the mentors of their dreams — Link
  • Tech company closes Lewisville plant, cutting more than 150 jobs — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • IgniteDFW returns on June 13th for its 7th event — Link
    - Launch DFW’s Bradley Joyce
  • The Enterpreneur’s Arsenal: Interactive Maps for the DFW Innovation Ecosystem — Link
  • Unmanned Vehicles: Key Takeaways from EXPONENTIAL — Link
  • 14-Year-Old to Become Youngest-Ever TCU Grad — Link
  • U.S. News Ranks UTD №1 for MBA Salary-to-Debt Ratio — Link
  • Fort Worth Startup Working On Seamless Surgery Scheduling — Link
  • Coworking Spaces: Writer’s Trek Reveals the Attraction — Link
  • On Tap: Smart Cities Summit, Tech Showcase, Healthcare Dealmakers Conference — Link
  • Contest Win Helps Astrapi Gain Notice in Satellite Community — Link
  • Earwax Treatment Hits Amazon, Soon in Pharmacy Chain — Link
  • All Things Unmanned: Dallas Innovates First Look — Link
  • DeSoto Transforming Hardware Store into Entrepreneurial Haven — Link
  • Bottle Rocket Expands Leadership, Strategic Roles — Link
  • $1M Donation Spurs Entrepreneurship Among UT Dallas Students, Staff, Alumni — Link
  • DFW Execs Top Fastest-Growing Women-Owned, Led Companies — Link
  • Researchers Make Discovery on Graying Hair, Balding — Link
  • Collin College Awarded Nearly $4M Grant for Tech Research — Link
  • TCA Students Use STEM For Good in Engineering Projects — Link
    - Dallas Innovates

Houston / South Texas Area

  • How Houston has become the most diverse place in America — Link
    LA Times’ Brittny Mejia
  • Houston Startup Poshare.com Outfits The Fashionably Fabulous More Affordably — Link
    - KTRK ABC 13
  • Houston-based Mattress Firm Dreams Up Tech-Focused Campaign With Steve Wozniak Kickoff — Link — AdAge’s Adrianne Pasquarelli
  • Five Questions For … Station Houston CEO John “JR” Reale — Link
  • Dell and Circular Board Advise Women Entrepreneurs: Go Ask Alice — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Experts Say Houston Offers Medical Device Startups a Place to Thrive — Link
    - TMCx’s Christine Hall
  • NASA iTech Top 25 Semifinalists Announced — Link

Dominion Space, Austin, TX

Flux IoT, Dallas, TX

TriTex, Houston, TX

UHD Robotics Team, Houston, TX

University of Houston, Houston, TX

  • Dr. Erik Halvorsen — Director of the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute — Link
  • Dr. Mina Yoo — Founder and CEO of HEROCLIP — Link
    - HighDrive Network
  • Liquor, laundry and botox on wheels expand services into Houston — Link
  • Houston ranks as top city for minority entrepreneurs, per report — Link
  • Biotech company names new CEO after relocating to Houston — Link
  • Houston-based company receives NASA contract worth up to $442M — Link
  • CEOs love Texas: State retains top spot in ranking of best places for business — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • AT&T has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Houston from 2014 to 2016 — Link
  • Houston economy still just treading water — Link
  • Want to be a political activist? Here’s how to start. — Link
    - Houston Chronicle

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • Newest Texas Angel Network Hosts Statewide Summit in San Antonio — Link
  • Nipple Replacement Startup NovoThelium Sweeps Pitch Competitions — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Texas Angel Networks Summit Highlights SA Startup Ecosystem — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • Exclusive: Rackspace’s interim CEO to employees on company financials, future — Link
  • Exclusive: Inside San Antonio’s newest co-working space — Link
  • How San Antonio financial industry exec pay stacks up to peers (slideshow) — Link
  • Texas regulator orders mortgage service company to cease and desist — Link
  • Dell and Rackspace team up to sell private cloud — Link
  • Cloud engineers for hire: Why Rackspace is leveraging its tech talent expertise — Link
  • City of San Antonio awards smart city contract to local startup — Link
  • San Antonio designated as an “open for solar business” city — Link
  • Local small, minority and women-owned businesses expected to get larger cut of $850M bond package — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, but Worth a Look

  • 2017 SVB Startup Outlook Report — Link
  • 4 reasons you don’t have to move your start-up to Silicon Valley to be successful — Link — CNBC’s Rhett Power
  • Why women should ALWAYS WEAR A BUN and other comments on sexuality in tech. — Link — Jessica Jackson
  • A Billion Impressions: Higher Education Goes Viral — Link — CivicNation’s Aimee Woodall
  • Guaranteed Minimum What? — Link — Granola Shotgun
  • You Had Me at Mixtape — Startup Mixtape
  • Silicon Valley: A Reality Check — Link -Scott Alexander
  • Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show — Link — Chris Messina
  • Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (EXCLUSIVE) — Link — Variety
  • The Local News Business Model — Link — Stratechery’s Ben Thompson
  • 14 Business Marketplace Mistakes That Are Killing Your Startup — Link — Startups.co
  • How a Corporate Board Member Can Influence Innovation in Their Company — Link — Techstars
  • Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik’s Multi-Billion Renewal Project Adds A Startup Accelerator — Link
  • Phoenix software startup accelerator launches $5 million venture fund — Link — Phoenix Business Journal

Upcoming Texas Startup Events

Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio

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To celebrate the culmination of the four-month TMCx accelerator program, our 22 digital health startups will showcase the progress they have made on their solutions, and what they have planned for the future. Join us, onJune 8, as our entrepreneurs take to the main stage one final time to pitch their solutions, which span key areas, including process automation, medication management, artificial intelligence and remote care.
 
Register today! — https://tmcxdemodaydigitalhealth2017.eventbrite.com

TMCx Demo Day
June 8th 2017
Texas Medical Center
2450 Holcombe Blvd Suite X
Houston, TX 77021

Venture Deals Online Course
Brad Feld, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Foundry Group
Jason Mendelson, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Foundry Group
 
A free course from Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars
May 14, 2017 — July 3, 2017 
https://app.novoed.com/kfa-venture-deals-spring17

SmartAustin “Suds & Startups” Meetup
Mon, May 22, 2017 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM CDT
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street 1st Floor Austin, TX 78701
Register

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