SXSW Eco 2014 Startup Showcase Winners

SXSW Eco, a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today congratulated the five winners of its third Startup Showcase. Open Water Foundation, Drinkwell, PAX Pure and Picasolar (tied for the win), and Lagoon, won in four categories, respectively: Social Impact – Not for Profit, Social Impact – For Profit, Greentech, Cleanweb.

Omni Water Solutions Adds $4M More

Omni Water Solutions, a provider of highly automated mobile water systems for water treatment and re-use, announced today it has secured $4 million in additional equity from existing investors, led by Austin Ventures, and has added former FTS International CEO, Marc Rowland, to its Board of Directors. The new funding enables the company to add to its HIPPO product line for strategic customers in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale.

Urban Transportation Gets A Lift As RideScout Launches In Austin

Urbanites and UT students have a new way to get around as RideScout™ announced its formal launch in Austin this week.

New Report: There’s Tech Jobs In Austin But Others Lead In New Tech Growth

A recent report shared by the Austin Technology Council and sponsored by Engine Advocacy, was part reinforcement and part surprise. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute prepared the report, “Technology Works: Patterns of High-Technology Employment and Wages in the United States,” and shows Austin and the Austin-San Antonio corridor is a favorable hub for high-tech employment. That’s not the surprise. “Given the size […]

We Caught Up With A Raleigh-Based Mobile Startup @SXSWECO

I wanted to share a recent SXSWECO briefing I had with JouleBug, a Raleigh-based mobile app maker focused on energy management and conservation. Now I could have said the “sustainability” sector,  but your eyes would have glazed over. Technically, though, they’re a data and gaming platform, which is why I wanted to share some of […]

SXSWECO Session: Startups And Corporations: Bringing Clean Technology To Market

Cleantech Group’s Greg Neichin opened up this morning’s panel “Startups and Corporations: Bringing Clean Technology to Market” with an important observation. The cleantech market, and certainly the broader energy energy space is a bit different when it comes to getting big companies in the same room with startups.

Can Healthcare Infrastructure Provide A Spark For Austin’s Startup Community?

There’s been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of a new hospital in Austin. I won’t dive too much into the civic implications, you can read Brian Kelsey’s comments for that. I want to highlight two things: 1.) recent opinion and data on “eds and meds” 2.) how more healthcare infrastructure might impact startups. And just a small disclaimer. I realize we’re talking about a hospital. But my assumption, right or wrong, is that a large medical center will bring a substantial ecosystem along with it.

Austin Flexes Its SmartGrid Muscle As Pecan Street Data Comes Online

You might call it big data meets the grid. Panelists from Austin Energy, Meridian Solar, ERCOT, and Pecan Street Inc., came together recently at the CleanTX Forum to pitch the value of cleaner and connected communities. With Austin’s Mueller community as the centerpiece, the discussions focused on the impact of electric vehicles and rooftop solar. […]

Cleantech Play Skyonic Gets $9M of $35M Planned Round

Skyonic Corporation finalized the first $9 million portion of a committed $35 million investment into the company, intended to pilot a first-of-its-kind carbon capture and utilization plant in the U.S.

Electric Cab Of Austin Wants To Shakeup The Urban Transportation Market

You might call Chris Nielsen an artisan. His company, Electric Cab of Austin, actually makes things. And as good a tinkerer as he might be, his goal is to shake up Austin’s urban transportation market. That means everything from how you flag down a pedicab to the type of bus you’ll board in 2020. “We […]