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Women in Austin tech: Women-led startups are funded a fraction of male-led ventures; Data show that’s bad business — Austin Business Journal’s Michael Cronin — Link

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TMCx Accelerator Medical Device 2017 Program
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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.
 
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  • 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

  • OwnLocal acquires Wanderful, a local deal startup backed by newspaper giants — Link
    - Crunchbase’s Anthony Ha
  • Austin tech legends team up for what looks like a WeWork competitor — Link
    - CNBC’s Ari Levy
  • US launches incubator programme to mentor Indian start-ups with UT’s IC2 — Link
    - Business Standard’s Karan Choudhury
  • Lung Therapeutics Breathes In $14M Investment for Respiratory Drugs — Link
    - Xconomy’s Frank Vinluan
  • How do we build inclusive, respectful, thriving tech companies that aren’t racist or sexist? — Link
  • What we learned from the first week of Uber & Lyft returning to Austin — Link
  • Keep Austin Weird vs Ride-Hailing Giants — Link
  • $38,000 now officially up for grabs — Link
  • BLNDED Founder Series — Link
    - Austin Startups
  • Austin’s Digital Pharmacist Receives $6.5M for Healthcare Software — Link
  • Citing Losses, Fare Quits Austin as Uber, Lyft Resume Service — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Ideas to Invoices Podcast: John Berkowitz, Co-Founder of Yodle, Co-Founder of OJO Labs — Link
  • Can Adding a Healthcare Plan Save You Money? Vista360Health Says Yes, If Done Right — Link
  • Geekdom Fund Raises $20 Million for Seed Stage Tech Investments — Link
  • The Process of Restructuring at The Daily Dot — Link
  • Digital Pharmacist Raises $6.5 Million — Link
    - Silicon Hills News’ Laura Lorek
  • 15 Austin game companies taking it to the next level — Link
  • Life after funding: 3 Austin CEOs dish on what really happens after closing your first round — Link
  • Why 4 Austin serial entrepreneurs keep coming back for more — Link
  • These Austin companies don’t just value transparency — they demand it — Link
  • Digital Pharmacist raises $6.5M Series B co-led by Austin VC firm — Link
  • 5 Austin tech companies that will pay you to stay in school — Link
  • How this Austin edtech startup is digitizing collegiate learning services — Link
    - BuiltinAustin’s Kelly Jackson
  • How a Big Time Pharma Company Plans to Leverage Austin’s Tech Scene [Video] — Link
  • With New Self-Driving Car Law, Texas is Ready to Switch to Autopilot — Link
  • Office Envy: Inside Opcity’s High-Energy Hive in Downtown Austin — Link
  • Fare is Leaving Austin Now That Uber and Lyft Are Back — Link
  • Austin’s Digital Pharmacist Closes Series B Led by VCs in Austin and New York — Link
    - AustinInno’s Brett Wistrom
  • Central Texas 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners chosen at downtown awards gala — Link
  • Women in Austin tech: Austin vs. the world — Link
  • Women in Austin tech: Female founders lacking in Austin accelerator — Link
  • Women in Austin tech: The Valley and The Capital — Link
  • Women in Austin tech: Women-led startups are funded a fraction of male-led ventures; Data show that’s bad business — Link
  • Why Dell wants to massively scale up its ocean plastics recycling program — Link
  • Federal politicians ask SXSW to ditch Austin over ‘sanctuary cities’ law — Link
  • Tech reigns on ranking of most-respected corporations; Wells Fargo takes a big tumble — Link
  • Journal Profile: Meet Shelley Brophy, who’s helping Google become more diverse in Austin — Link
  • Austin software maker raises millions of dollars to help make pharmacists’ lives easier — Link
  • The League, an exclusive dating app with a waiting list, is ready to launch in Austin — Link
  • The quiet, money-making giant of Austin’s business scene — Link
  • Impact Austin doles out $403K in grants to five community partners — Link
  • Mobile payments company taps tolling industry veteran as president — Link
  • For women in Austin tech, silence isn’t golden when facing ingrained sexism — Link
  • First Central Texas Angel Network portfolio company hits public markets — Link
  • Tips on how to recruit a recruiting firm for your fast-growing company — Link
  • Cybersecurity startup Forcepoint hires chief marketing officer — Link
  • Metro’s high-tech job environment a mixed bag, according to Chamber data — Link
  • Austin sees big rise in one-person businesses — and they aren’t all ridesharing drivers — Link
  • High Brew Coffee takes its product on a nationwide road trip, vintage bus included — Link
  • Alamo Drafthouse is (finally) headed to Los Angeles — Link
  • Businesses doing serious good: Austin entrepreneurs dominate new BBVA training program — Link
  • What transactional finance companies look for when approving business funding — Link
  • Billionaire to sell lavish Texas lakeside retreat using an auction app — Link
  • Cheers! More evidence that Central Texas’ beer scene is bigger than ever — Link
  • Bitcoin mining boom sends AMD shares soaring — Link
  • Former HomeAway C-suite exec moves into new digs at Main Street Hub — Link
  • Behind the deal: Why CEO Chris Hester put Austin’s Kinnser Software up for sale — Link
  • Uber, Lyft squash their first Austin ridesharing app — Link
  • Meet 18 Austin-area professionals with one fundraising goal: A cure for blood cancer — Link
    - The Austin Business Journal
  • Why Germany’s Merck is launching a virtual reality-focused innovation center in Austin — Link
  • Austin’s Edgecase snapped up by Toronto-based e-commerce provider — Link
  • Austin digital media firm OwnLocal continues its acquisition roll with another deal — Link
  • Dell reports stronger PC sales in its first quarter — Link
  • You don’t have to wait on Apple to experiment with augmented reality — Link
  • The flow of Austin’s workers: Moving in from New York and California, moving out to Seattle and Denver — Link
  • Which Austin-area companies made the Fortune 500 list this year? — Link
  • Austin’s Upland Software expects to raise $40 million with stock offering — Link
  • Birth control delivery app targets Texas’ ‘contraceptive deserts’ — Link
  • Austin’s Digital Pharmacist brings in $6.5 million for expansion — Link
  • Ride-hailing app Fare leaves Austin, blames ‘loss of business’ amid return of Uber, Lyft — Link
  • AMD’s rebound has meant big money for key executives — Link
    - Austin-American Statesman’s 512 Tech

Dallas / Ft. Worth / North Texas Area

  • Five Questions For … Dallas Entrepreneur Center CEO Trey Bowles — Link
  • California’s Surf Air Acquires Dallas-Based Airline Company Riss — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Arlingtonian Builds App for Student Success — Link
    - The Arlingtonian’s Brooke Giles
  • Leading DFW Women Execs Share Business Insights at D CEO Symposium — Link
  • D CEO’s 2017 Women’s Leadership Symposium — Link
  • Inside TreeHouse, a Home Store of the Future — Link
  • Private Air Service Rise Sells to California Competitor Surf Air — Link
  • Plano Inventor Tied Up in Legal Battle Over His ‘Bunch O Balloons’ — Link
    - D Magazine
  • From age to race to region, the face of entrepreneurship is changing — Link
  • Dallas startup Rise bought by California’s Surf Air as chase for business travelers ascends — Link
  • How Samsung’s VR exec persuades customers to ‘strap a phone to their face’ — Link
  • WeWork opens regional HQ in Dallas’ Thanksgiving Tower — Link
    - Dallas Morning News’ Melissa Repko
  • Form D Friday: Irving healthcare private equity firm launches $200 million fund — Link
  • How this CEO built a $5B hotel investment company — Link
  • Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros to merge in $7.6 billion deal — Link
  • Investors fret over private equity rule rollback buried in Dodd-Frank bill — Link
  • Could cars soon detect our heartbeat? A chat with the executive leading TI’s latest innovation — Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Upventur, outdoors adventure app, signs lease in Denton, countdown to launch commences — Link
  • Blockchain Forum: Beyond Bitcoin Video — Link
  • Healthcare tech firm, BroadJump, announces third generation pricing software to reduce hospital costs — Link
  • Cyxtera Technologies announces successful acquisition of BrainSpace — Link
    - LaunchDFW
  • Smart Cities Tech on Mayors’ Canada Trip Agenda — Link
  • Dallas ISD Offers Free STEM Camps to Students — Link
  • 22 DFW Companies Make 2017 Fortune 500 List — Link
  • Better Together Fund Backs Collaborative Nonprofits — Link
  • UTD Researcher Designs All-Carbon Transistor — Link
  • How Diamonds Direct Is Changing the Way You Buy Jewelry — Link
  • On Tap: Real Estate Investor Social Club, VR 101 & Dallas Startup Culture Talk — Link
  • Health Wildcatters Named Among Top U.S. Accelerators — Link
  • Female Change Makers Gather at SMU for Leadership Fostering — Link
  • Disruption Ahead: How Professionals Are Embracing Automation — Link
  • Tech Trends: How AI Will Shape Shopping, Brand Interaction — Link
  • Protecting Your Company From ‘Execute-Now, Strategize-Later’ Mentality in Marketing — Link
  • Established Austin Entrepreneur Calls Dallas Home After Joining UTD Faculty — Link
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation Awards 5 Women for Leadership — Link
  • TREC Seeks Entries for 1st Real Estate ‘Shark Tank’ Pitch — Link
  • Accenture Immerses Tech Lounge Visitors in VR, AR Experiences — Link
    - Dallas Innovates

Houston / South Texas Area

  • TMCx Graduates Largest Class of Startups in Accelerator Program — Link
    [ Congrats to Erik Halvorsen and his TMCx team for the most polished, standing room only Demo day I’ve ever attended. ]
  • On Target for Demo Day — Link
  • Kids Wow Crowd with Innovative Health Care Solutions — Link
    - TMCx’s Christine Hall
  • Bryce Blum — ESG Law — Link
    - HighDrive.tv
  • Celebrating One Year at the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health with Milestones and New Missions — Link
    - AT&T Foundry’s Nadia Morris
  • Training organizations benefit Houston entrepreneurs — Link
    - Rice University’s Mike Williams
  • Member Milestone: Liongard Releases Private Beta of Roar — Link
    - Station Houston’s — Meghan Zarate
  • Why Pay Retail? Griddy Says It Offers Wholesale Electricity Prices — Link
  • Coburn, Ex-cleantech Accelerator Founder, Joins Shell Tech Ventures — Link
    - Xconomy’s Angela Shah
  • Exclusive dating app dubbed ‘Tinder for elites’ launches in Houston — Link
  • Houston entrepreneurs take online gaming to a new level with GamerWall — Link
    - CultureMap Houston
  • Houston IT company plans to hire in Houston after $35M capital raise — Link
  • Houston restaurant broker on starting his own company: ‘It was absolutely terrifying’ — Link
  • Lone Houston player on Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes is №1 in Texas — Link
  • Joe’s Crab Shack parent co. files for bankruptcy, lines up likely buyer — Link
  • Grocery delivery app’s Houston expansion to create 200 new jobs, company says — Link
  • Houston entrepreneurs selected for BBVA’s new social-good training program — Link
  • How small businesses can embrace social media — Link
  • Uber signs agreement for first-of-its-kind pick up location in downtown Houston — Link
  • Houston energy tech company adds to C-suite — Link
  • Houston Methodist nabs top cancer research team from Mount Sinai — Link
  • More Houston companies fall off Fortune 500 list — Link
  • Lyft plans to hire, lay down Houston roots after relaunching in city — Link
  • The League, an exclusive dating app with a waiting list, is ready to launch in Houston — Link
  • California solar company makes first foray onto Houston rooftops — Link
  • Houston, San Antonio cos. update plans for cannabis-focused merger, cancel spinoff — Link
  • Pipeline tech co. moves to Houston, names CEO, directors — Link
    - Houston Business Journal
  • Texans to pitch their inventions to Good Housekeeping, HSN — Link
  • Surf Air acquires Dallas-based flight-sharing company Rise — Link
  • Houstonians seeking to better the world get support from banking giant — Link
  • University of Houston drones help prep for commercial jobs — Link
  • Houston startup community struggles to attract venture capital — Link
  • Instacart Houston-area expansion to create 200 jobs — Link
  • Home is where the heartland is — Link
    - The Houston Chronicle

San Antonio / West Texas Area

  • San Antonio’s Geekdom Fund Adds to Investments With $20M Second Fund — Link
    - Xconomy’s David Holley
  • Geekdom Fund Raises $20 Million for Tech Investments — Link
  • New Tech for ID’ing Medical Devices Could Be a Watershed — Link
    - The Rivard Report
  • San Antonio start-up roots out fake followers to find the real influencers — Link
  • USAA’s big investment in downtown San Antonio tech — Link
  • Local IT company scores $27 million defense contract — Link
  • Geekdom Fund raises millions more for San Antonio tech startups — Link
  • SwRi’s tech to improve hybrid car fuel economy may hit Toyota production line — Link
  • Microsoft expanding its SA footprint with $50M new construction — Link
  • USAA climbs the Fortune 500 list — Link
  • San Antonio represented on Forbes list of World’s highest-paid athletes — Link
  • SA biomed industry gets boost from new medical device heading to market — Link
  • Geekdom Fund raises millions more for San Antonio tech startups — Link
  • UTSA set to break ground on $95 million science and engineering building — Link
  • Staffing industry executives weigh in on challenges in San Antonio — Link
  • How much do Amazon warehouse workers earn in Texas and around the U.S.? — Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal’s Kristen Mosbrucker

Not Exactly Texas, but Worth a Look

  • Do I need a PPM for my startup’s financing? — Silicon Hills Lawyer’s José Ancer — Link
  • How I Raised A $1.5M Seed Round in Austin — MetaSaaS’s Arlo Gilbert — Link
  • Thinking about starting a business? Fake it until you (have to) make it — Compl.ai’s via The American Genius — Daniel Senyard — Link
  • Use Mock Layoffs for a Well-Oiled Machine — Shockwave Innovations Gordon Daugherty — Link
  • The 10 Email Commandments You’re Breaking Every Day Forbes’ — Tim Maurer — Link
  • How to Tailor Your Mailing Lists to Get Noticed by Investors — TechStars’ Alex Iskold — Link
  • Colorado Doesn’t Need to Replicate Silicon Valley to Have a Prosperous Startup Industry — Sparkfun’s Nathan Seidle — Link
  • How the Maker Movement Is Speeding Up Innovation in Health Care — Washingtonian’s Caroline Cunningham — Link
  • It’s Time to Talk About Startup Scam Artists — Entrepreneur Magazine’s
    Hillel Fuld — Link
  • How To Get A Meeting With People Too Busy To See You — Steve Blank — Link
  • My Toughest Three Weeks as a Startup Founder — An Honest Account of Lessons Learnt — Paul Towers — Link
  • I thought I had to raise funding… until I met traction — Reddit User GnuLiNG — Link
  • Is It Even Worth Working With P&G? 9 Ad Tech CEOs Sound Off — AdExchanger’s Allison Schiff — Link
  • Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You? — Harvard Business Review — Link
  • Trump Will Meet With Tech Leaders To Talk About Emerging Tech Like Drones — Buzzfeed’s Ryan Mac — Link
  • Inside The Vatican-Blessed Tech Accelerator Tackling Climate Change — Fast Company — Link
  • Think like a startup — what I learned in Silicon Valley — Loic Le Meur — Link
  • Free or Cheap Plans (Probably) Won’t Help your SaaS Business Grow — Kyle Racki — Link
  • Texas native snags first place in WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout — Link [ “Runner-up Helm’s first WSOP final table might provide him some extra working capital for his computing-based Texas startup company.” ]
  • Team8 CEO and former Unit 8200 commander Brig. Gen. (res.) Nadav Zafrir explains how much Israeli high tech owes to the army’s technological units.
    - Globes’ Tali Tsipori — Link

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