2012 Angel Capital Association Summit
OTC inventors pitch to investors at the 2012 ACA Summit
On March 6, 2012, angel investors from across the country gathered on the sixth floor of the Hilton Austin Hotel for a large collection of events and seminars known as the Angel Capital Association Summit.
An important feature of the summit was the innovative Technology and Investing Showcase, a series of one-hour meetings with top companies, universities, and organizations in Texas and beyond. Attendees joined small group meetings in order to:
- Find business development opportunities with angel-backed companies
- Discuss cutting-edge ideas with thought leaders in venture capital and technology commercialization
- Learn about emerging trends from the people creating them
In addition to sponsoring the event, the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) hosted UT Austin inventors who were there to pitch their companies and garner industry contacts and capital.
|Danielle Applestone, a Ph.D. candidate in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Materials Science & Engineering program, kicked off the “Energy & Materials” track of the showcase with a compelling pitch for her company, Batt-rē, and the new anode she invented that outperforms the ones used in most current commercial batteries.|
|Also presenting was Dr. Yetkin Yildirim, director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center and research assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, to present Terra Pave International’s Terra Prime. As the inventor of Terra Prime, Dr. Yildirim pitched the clear benefits of Terra Prime by contrasting them with the shortcomings of current primer materials for pavement.|
|In the “IT & Internet” track, associate professor Dr. Sriram Vishwanath of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering gave a presentation of his company, VecturaLux, Inc. His invention, Paralux™, would combat the rising problem of exponentially growing internet traffic. Its outstanding feature is its use of multimode fibers to increase the speed and processing volume of data, increasing the overall data rate significantly.|
|Dr. Mark Wochner, research associate at Applied Research Laboratories, concluded the “Energy & Materials” track of the showcase with his presentation of AdBm Technologies. Dr. Wochner pitched his company by emphasizing the harm to the underwater ecosystem of noise produced by underwater construction and how his company’s bubble technology far outperforms the current solutions in the market.|
Through OTC’s involvement in this conference, UT Austin inventors enjoyed exposure to new organizations, angel investors, other inventors, and firms from across the globe that will lead to new ventures and future success.