07 Nov

Congratulations to Filament Labs, Winner of the Mobile Monday Austin App/Startup Showcase at TWS 2013

“With such convergence happening with technology and healthcare, especially right here in Austin, and especially with mobile technology, it is great to see a company like Filament Labs be recognized,” said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin.

At the recently completed Texas Wireless Summit (TWS), eight Austin-area startups presented and competed in the fourth annual Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase. The 2013 winner was Filament Labs, http://www.filamentlabs.co, which focuses on turnkey solutions for patient engagement. Filament is building a consumer engagement platform for the healthcare industry that helps health plans & hospitals promote healthy lifestyle changes across their member bases.

“We are so honored to win the Mobile Monday Startup Showcase, especially to be in the same category as the winners over the past three years,” said Jason Bornhorst, CEO, Filament Labs. “We are building a platform that makes mobile health easy with reusable modules that solve the complicated stuff of mHealth, like compliance, data exchange and patient engagement.”

In the Showcase, competing companies were judged on five factors: idea, market and industry potential/impact, team composition, revenue model and company stage. This year’s Showcase judges included Carlo Longino of Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), Dai Truong of Austin Ventures and David Gill of Nielsen.

“With such convergence happening with technology and healthcare, especially right here in Austin, and especially with mobile technology, it is great to see a company like Filament Labs be recognized,” said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin.

The Showcase runner up was Fosbury, http://fosbury.co, which provides tools to drive store traffic and customer engagement using mobile wallet campaigns.

Other Showcase competing companies included:
* Beyonic – http://www.beyonic.com
* eyeQ – http://www.eyeqinsights.com
* Futureware Inc – http://www.futureware.com
* Gizmoquip LLC – http://www.Gizmoquip.com
* Kloc – http://www.kloc.me
* SnakeHead Software – http://SnakeHeadSoftware.com

The Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase has been an important part of the Texas Wireless Summit (TWS) for four years now. TWS is co-hosted each year by the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), in the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), and UT’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). TWS brings together wireless industry leaders and entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and students, to discuss research, brainstorm innovation, and collectively work to move the wireless space forward in Texas and beyond.

“Austin remains at the nexus of wireless technology, both in research and commerce. TWS topped itself this year in terms of topic quality, engagement, and diversity of attendees”, stated event co-host and Director of ATI’s IT/Wireless portfolio, Kyle Cox. With a theme of Disrupting Wireless with Big Data Analytics, the 2013 TWS featured keynotes from Aster Teradata and Stanford’s GPS Laboratory, as well as other speakers from Stanford GPS Laboratory, Deutsche Bank, Huawei, Phunware, Verizon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Cambridge and UT.

About the Wireless Networking and Communications Group
The Wireless Networking & Communications Group (WNCG) is a world-leading center for research and education at the University of Texas at Austin. WNCG strives to be the most relevant academic wireless center, which is achieved in part through its vibrant industrial affiliates program. Many WNCG graduates now lead and contribute to R&D efforts at those companies as employees. WNCG is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Wireless Internet Communications and Advanced Technologies (WICAT). http://www.wncg.org
About the Austin Technology Incubator:

The Austin Technology Incubator harnesses business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructural support for its member companies to help them transition into successful, high-growth technology businesses. The Austin Technology Incubator, in the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, has a 25-year history of successful new venture support with a focus on getting startups funded. ATI has helped more than 250 companies raise over $1 billion of investor capital. More than 85% of ATI’s 2012 graduating class received funding totaling more than $200 million. ATI has a dual mission: promote economic development in Central Texas through entrepreneurial wealth and job creation, and provide a “teaching laboratory” in applied entrepreneurship for UT-Austin students and faculty.

About Mobile Monday Austin
Since 2005, the Austin chapter of Mobile Monday has been connecting via monthly meet-ups, technology and business professionals, researchers and enthusiasts who share a common interest: mobile software and technologies. Today Mobile Monday Austin has over 495 members. For more information see http://MobileMondayAustin.com. Mobile Monday Austin is possible thanks to its sponsors and the Austin tech community.

See the press-release – http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11276133.htm.

/CEO

22 Oct

Startup Showcase at Texas Wireless Summit 2012

This Friday October 26, 2012 is the Texas Wireless Summit. And as part of the event we are having the annual Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase.

(Also, don’t forget that on Oct 22 we are having our regular Mobile Monday Austin event at Capital Factory — topic: Mobile & Cloud.)

This year we are having a strong presence of Startups — 13 total showcasing their mobile apps and solutions; awesome:

1* Baytan Labshttp://baytanlabs.com
2* CanWeNetworkhttp://www.canwenetwork.com
3* Divert-Xhttp://divert-x.com
4* DrawMD / Visual Healthhttp://escalation-point.com
5* EMMOCOhttp://emmoco.com
6* News Blasthttp://sxtyscnds.com
7* Noomhttp://www.noom.me
8* Ringfulhttp://ringful.com
9* Toopherhttp://toopher.com
10* Vivogighttp://vivogig.com
11* VolunteerSpot — http://volunteerspot.com
12* Wheel InnovationZhttp://wheelinnovationz.com
13* Zellohttp://zello.com

Looking back at previous App Showcases at TWS, it is great to see companies that at the time were just starting, and that today are doing quite well, for example 1) MapMyFitness, 2) Game Salad, 3) Tabbedout.

As part of the showcase, judges that include the founder of Tabbedout, the CFO of Phunware, and yours truly, will judge the companies based on
(1) Originality, (2) Impact, (3) Maturity and (4) Business Plan/Model. The judges for this year are:

* Maria Ocampo — Head of Publisher Services at Collider Media
* Rick Orr — Founder Tabbedout
* Alan Kane — CFO Phunware
* Brian Grigsby — General Partner, Corsa Ventures
* D Keith Casey Jr — Evangelist at Twilio
* C. Enrique Ortiz — Head of Products at Shango

For more information about the Texas Wireless Summit and registration, visit TWS web site http://TWSUMMIT.COM.

CEO

18 Nov

MobileMonday/AppCircus Austin Showcase @ TWS 2010 – And the Winner Is…

We had a wonderful showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit 2010, with 12 companies participating:

Great interactions and demos all across…

The companies were judged based on application originality, creativity and innovation as well as business model, validity and execution. A Runner up and 1st place were chosen:

(Runner up) — QRANK
(1st place) — Famigo Games

Congratulations to Famigo Games, winner of the 2010 MobileMonday/AppCircus Showcase and QRANK…

We had a well rounded set of cool companies that included mobile gaming, fitness, tab and POS management, social, secure health, education, brand management and call management. It was awesome to have them participate and see the mobile startups that are brewing up in Austin… Congrats to All!

Thanks to the MobileMonday Austin, AppCircus and the Austin Technology Incubator staff and our sponsor Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

Related to this see Texas Wireless Summit Showcases Austin as Premier Wireless Innovation Hub (ATI blog).

03 Nov

Invitation to MobileMonday-AppCircus Showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit

This is an invitation to all Mobile Startups in Austin to participate at the MobileMonday Austin Showcase at the upcoming Texas Wireless Summit; read below. If you would like to participate please email me at eortiz [at] mobilemondayaustin [dot] com.

On Nov 16th, the ATI and MobileMondayAustin (MobileMonday Austin.com) are hosting a Showcase to highlight the most promising mobile applications and platforms. The Showcase will be 45 minutes during the afternoon break — we will set up cocktail tables around the coffee and snacks for the startups to demo and engage with the audience. We are anticipating around 200 participants, from all corners of the industry and including carriers, angel investors, and VC investors. Participating companies will receive one complimentary pass to the Summit. Please visit TWSummit.com.

During the TWS showcase we are doing Austin’s first AppCircus. We are partnering with AppCircus (AppCircus.com) which is a global cross-platform mobile showcase which enables any mobile application to be eligible to pitch in any city around the world which hosts an AppCircus. There will be an expert panel judging the applications and a winner mobile application will be chosen which will be eligible to present at the 2011 Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress.

ceo

19 Apr

The Central Texas Entrepreneur Funding Symposium ’10

The Central Texas Entrepreneur Funding Symposium ’10 is a one-day conference for entrepreneurs ready to go to the next level and looking for the funding to make it happen.

The event designed to provide entrepreneurs with the information they need to adequately fund their businesses. From start-ups to established organizations looking for additional injections of capital, attendees will learn how to prepare their companies for funding, discover alternative sources of capital and hear from successful entrepreneurs.

See the event’s Agenda. The event includes panels and fast pitch competitions.

  • Angel/VC Panel
  • Fastpitch Competition where Entrepreneurs will have one minute to pitch their deals in front of an investor panel
  • Track 1: Austin Entrepreneur Network Track – Legal, Financial and other issues
  • Track 2: Tech Ranch – Tools and Techniques for Accelerating Your Seed Stage Venture
  • Track 3: Idea Finishing School, led by Dean McCall – Selling your startup
  • Track 4: Capital Factory

I know many of the folks organizing and participating in the Symposium and I recommend it.

The attendee registration before April 21st, 2010 is $99 and at the door: $125.

ceo