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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Keynote Speakers: Brett Hurt (Austin) and Miguel Garza (San Antonio) presented by CACI

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Brett Hurt is the CEO and Co-founder of data.world, which is building the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world as a Certified B Corp.  He is also a seed-stage investor at Hurt Family Investments (HFI) in partnership with his wife, Debra.  HFI are involved in 53 startups and 12 VC funds.  HFI has directly made 42 startup investments, and Brett has also joined the Advisory Board of 11 additional companies.  Prior to HFI, Brett founded Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and served as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company from bootstrapped concept to almost 2,000 clients worldwide and through its successful IPO.  He subsequently guided the company through a successful follow-on offering and two acquisitions, PowerReviews and Longboard Media.  Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded Coremetrics and helped grow the company into a global, leading marketing analytics solution for the eCommerce industry before its acquisition by IBM.

Miguel Garza is co-founder and CEO of Siete Family Foods, an Austin-based company that makes better-for-you Mexican-American products including grain-free tortillas, chips, dips and hot sauces. They are part of the 19% of U.S. small businesses that are family-owned. Garza co-founded Siete in 2014 with his older sister Veronica and their mother, Aida. Under Miguel’s leadership, their store distribution has doubled from approximately 4,000 to more than 8,000 since getting $90 million in funding from Stripes Group. Siete's products are sold in grocery stores across the country, including Whole Foods where its almond flour tortilla is the chain’s No. 1 selling tortilla nationwide in addition to its grain free tortilla chip being the No. 1 selling salty snack nationwide. At Siete, their first core value is “family first, family second, business third,” and the company has maintained that commitment to family and community while nearly doubling in size each year.

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Breakout Session - Disrupted by DTC and E-commerce

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Omair Tariq is an experienced executive in eCommerce, retail, and data science. He is currently COO ofthe largest Home Depot eCommerce subsidiary, Blinds.com. Omair joined Blinds.com as employee #36 in 2010, where he helped them scale rapidly, raise strategic capital, and ultimately exit to The Home Depot in 2014. He has also served Blinds.com as CFO and Head of BI & Data Science.

In addition to his current role at Blinds.com, Omair also sits on the Board of Advisors for small to mid-size companies in the retail and technology space. He is passionate about the use of machine learning and AI in solving complex business problems. Omair has also built and exited a startup in the women’s retail space, is an active mentor with Capital Factory and Ion/Station Houston, and is an opportunistic angel investor.

Omair received his MBA from Rice University and BA in Applied Mathematics and Physics fromUniversity of Cambridge.


Bryan DeLuca is a consummate entrepreneur. He’s the Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Engagement at Bioworld, the leading licensed pop-culture apparel and accessories manufacturer, where he oversees a suite of ecommerce brands. He’s also the former CEO and proud papa of Foot Cardigan, the world’s leading sock subscription company. He’s been on Shark Tank, featured in Forbes, nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and grows a wicked beard. Bryan’s background is in digital marketing and brand building, and is a Belmont University alum (although he claims OU during football season).

Jay B Sauceda is CEO of the eCommerce 3PL known as Sauceda Industries. Founded in Austin, Texas to support his brand, Texas Humor, it now services 50+ merchants such as Howler Brothers, William Murray Golf, Pepper Bras, and the Shopify Fulfillment Network.

Jay B was born in La Porte, Texas and moved to Austin in 2003. He uses his background in commercial advertising to consult and partner with eCommerce brands who give a damn about their customer experience.

He believes there are no beans in chili, porch beers cure most issues, and that Bob Wills is still the king.

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Breakout Session - Rise of CPG and Retail Innovation in Texas

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Kirstin Ross is the Managing Director of SKU, a world-class program that accelerates emerging CPG brands through a thriving community of serial entrepreneurs & industry experts. SKU's 12-week intensive program provides emerging companies with access to industry leaders, key retailers, and the tools necessary to accelerate smarter, faster growth. In her role as Managing Director, Kirstin oversees the selection of the 6-8 participating companies, curates the 40-person mentor group of leading CPG experts, and manages 30+ advisory mentors that are part of the extensive SKU network.
Currently, SKU operates in 4 cities - Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis and New York City.

Prior to joining SKU, Kirstin was a broker at Wortham Insurance, which was acquired in August 2018 by Marsh. A resident of Tarrytown, Kirstin is an active parent at Good Shepherd Episcopal School and is on the steering committee of Invest to Elect, a women-run political group in Austin.


Anna Jarman is a senior program manager for Walmart Technology's Innovation Ecosystem based out of Austin, Texas. NexTech is the engineering, data and design arm of Walmart and where associates power the future of retail. Anna looks for ways to enhance internal product development through external collaboration.  Prior to joining Walmart, Anna was in investment associate for Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell.  Her focus was investments of $5M-$20M in software, analytics, mobility, and new energies companies.  She was board observer on several portfolio companies, including Innowatts, a platform transforming how energy providers understand and serve their customers. Anna has a MS in Analytics and a BA from Rice University.


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Breakout Session - Robotics on the Rise

Featuring the following speakers:

Andrea Thomaz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics and a renowned social robotics expert. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, MIT Technology Review on its Next Generation of 35 Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list.

Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about.


Jeff Cardenas is a co-founder of Apptronik. He specializes in new product development and go-to-market strategy. He received his Master’s of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously worked in the Global Commercialization Group at the IC2 Institute at UT Austin, working with innovators from around the globe to take innovations out of the research lab and to the market. He holds an undergraduate Business degree from UT Austin, and worked in the Technology practice of Deloitte Consulting. He previously founded several start-ups and a non-profit, and has a passion for using technology to solve difficult social problems.

Craig Nekhorn will be representing Guinn Partners, which is the greatest concentration of breadth and depth of expertise in the nascent drone, robotics, and applied technology markets that is available to startups or established companies looking for a strategy and execution partner.

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Breakout Session - Cybersecurity

Chris "Pup" Lyon is an Air Force veteran with 20 years of active duty service, 8 years of DoD civil service, and 10+ years of industry  service. He has over 20 years of experience in DoD cyber security including Test and Evaluation, Acquisition, and capability development.


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Breakout Session - Diversity in Texas

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Jess Gaffney is the CEO & Executive Director of [email protected], where she steers the organization's mission to advance and empower women entrepreneurs. She is an entrepreneur herself, having co-founded Pro Mama, a community and resource for moms to help them find flexible work. In addition, she has over 15 years of experience in development and marketing in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Previously, she served as Development Director for Sustainable Food Center and on the Austin - Travis County Food Policy Board, helping people access fresh food in Central Texas. Jess received her BA in Marketing and Small Business Management from Georgetown University. Now, she lives with her husband, 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son in Austin, Texas.

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Breakout Session - Government Innovation

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Tony Cucolo served more than 35 years in the U.S. Army, leading organizations worldwide varying in size from 100 personnel to 22,000 in peace and war. Since transitioning from the Army in 2014, he has lived and worked in Texas.  

He recently completed almost five years of service as an executive in public higher education, working with the eight universities and six medical institutions of the University of Texas System. Currently he is the Executive Director of the National Security Innovation Council, an Austin-based non-profit that connects businesses and entrepreneurs from across Texas to help solve national security problems. 

Tony is on the board of directors of Texas 2036 and the MD Anderson Leadership Institute, and is still retained by the US Army as a senior mentor for a variety of leader development programs aimed at further developing senior officers and Army Civilians.

Lt Col Alex “STOIKY” Goldberg is the Director of the Texas Military Department Joint Innovation Unit (TMDx). He is responsible for synchronizing and driving innovation strategy for the Texas Military Department (TMD), as well as, acting as the primary liaison between the TMD Joint Force Headquarters, National Guard Bureau, academia, industry, and the rest of the DOD innovation ecosystem. Currently, Lt Col Goldberg manages a portfolio of over 30 companies and $150M in innovation research contracts.


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VC Reverse Pitch

 TX Investors pitch to Beyond-TX Investors

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Keynote Speaker (Houston) with Joe Alapat, CEO of Liongard
Joe Alapat
Joe Alapat
Liongard, CEO

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Joe Alapat is a serial entrepreneur in the Technology industry. His background includes over two decades of experience managing IT infrastructure for large enterprises, mid-market companies, and SMBs under the care of an IT Managed Service Provider he owned, operated and sold. Following his exit, he founded Liongard to address the growing challenge of managing modern IT at scale, especially with the proliferation of technology and subsequent lack of visibility, automation and insight needed to manage modern IT with confidence. He graduated with honors from Trinity University, with a Bachelors in Computer Science and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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Breakout Session - Emerging Biotech Superclusters in Texas

Featuring the following speakers:

Tom Luby Ph.D. is the Director of Texas Medical Center (TMC) Innovation. In this role, he oversees all of the innovation efforts of TMC focused on research, education, and commercialization of novel healthcare solutions. Prior to this, he was the head of JLABS @ TMC in Houston, Texas. In that role, he catalyzes and support the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare sectors.
 Tom started at Johnson & Johnson Innovation as a New Ventures Lead at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in Boston. In that role, he was instrumental in fostering many deals for the Boston office, which included the expansion of JLABS to JLABS @ Toronto.  Prior to J&J, Tom spent 14 years in various R&D and business development positions, most recently as Sr. Director, Research Ventures at Shire. Nine of those years were spent working in R&D and operational roles across three start-up biotech.


Claire Aldridge, PhD, has spent the last twenty years translating scientific discovery from the lab into development.  She is currently heading up the commercialization efforts at UT Southwestern Medical Center after many years as a biotech venture capitalist.  She is the scientific advisor to the exciting Pegasus Park redevelopment where companies launched on university based technologies can grow in a cost effective manner.  Dr. Aldridge received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M and her PhD in Genetics and Immunology from Duke University.


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Breakout Session - The Outer Space Economy

Rich Julien has an extensive background in working with startups and their backers to drive technology innovation on behalf of Public Sector Customers. Rich focuses on the National Security and Space markets and leverages his deep expertise in these domains to help emerging companies understand the challenges of entering this market and developing approaches to addressing and overcoming those challenges. Likewise he helps Public Sector customers to identify, curate and select startups to bring their innovative solutions to solve complex and critical mission challenges.

Rich is focused on finding ways to put Amazon’s powers to work on behalf of startups at all stages of their lifecycle, and helping them grow, scale, deploy globally and achieve success across the Public Sector domain.


Sam Gunderson recently joined NASA Johnson in July as the lead for partnership development. He got his start at JSC as co-op in Orbiter Contracts as Contract Specialist and the Lunar Mars Exploration Office as a Program Analyst. Sam also worked as a Contract Specialist at US EPA for 3 years in North Carolina.  He worked at Johnson Engineering/Spacehab for 2 years as a Finance Manger and spent 13 years at Boeing with 4 years in International Space Station Corporate and Program Finance roles and 9 years in Business Development for new human spacecraft and services programs. 

Most recently Sam was at Blue Origin for 8 years in Business Development pursuing Advanced Development for space systems and large liquid propulsion engine opportunities. He earned BBAs in Finance and Accounting from Texas A&M University; MS in Studies of the Future from University of Houston – Clear Lake.  Sam has his Texas CPA License.

Walt Ugalde is the Patent Licensing Manager for the Technology Commercialization Office at the Johnson Space Center and jointly supports the NASA JSC Partnerships Office. In this capacity Walt works with startups, co-founders and Investors to help them leverage NASA developed technology for commercialization into proven products and services as well as mapping industry capabilities into NASA.

Walt has served as an Executive on Loan to the Houston Technology Center connecting and advising many of the HTC Client startup companies and continues to support many technology innovation hubs in Texas and across the Nation. Walt’s experience in fostering Public/Private collaborations has led to agreements with various Department of Defense Innovation Initiatives and Programs. Walt also actively engages with academia and was a founding member of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Cyber Security Institute.

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Breakout Session - The Clean Tech Revolution

Featuring the following speakers:

Juliana Garaizar: Juliana is a the Launch Director of Greentown Labs Houston. Board Member of the Angel Capital Association,  Lead Investor of the Portfolia Rising America Fund, Consumer Fund and Rising Tide Fund and Kauffman Fellow, Juliana is the President of the Business Angel Minority Association and an Advisory Board Member of the Cougar Venture Fund and the Houston Diversity Fund. Juliana was the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, the Managing Director Houston Angel Network and of the Sophia Business Angels network in France. Previously Juliana managed the Business Innovation Centre in in the French Riviera, as well as several International Projects funded by the European Commission. She started her career in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at international level in Europe, Latin America and Japan.

Trammel Crow: Trammell S. Crow is a Dallas, Texas-based businessman, entrepreneur and innovative leader in business development and operations. He is the Founder of EarthX, an environmental alliance that convenes the largest annual Earth Day event in the world, and a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Mr. Crow serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES, successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which is dedicated to advancing strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. He also serves on the board of Million Acre Pledge, a 501(c)(3) charity that commits individuals, businesses and foundations to conserve or restore large areas of forest and other bio-rich natural areas. He has committed to protect 250,000 acres of forest in Suriname.  Mr. Crow is co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water.

Meredith Walker is Global Economist and Head of Prize Advancement for XPRIZE Foundation—the world leader of international prize competitions that incentivize innovator teams to achieve radical breakthroughs to grand challenges, launching new markets and profitable businesses. Her research addresses inclusive economic growth, transformational technologies and entrepreneurial solutions in security and sustainability. She is a member of the EastWest Institute Board of Councilors and Business Executives for National Security, and Fellow with SMU Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity. She serves as the America’s Future Series Advisory Board Chair and Megellas Award Trustee, and has worked with EarthX, the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and New York, and in international business consulting. Ms. Walker holds an MS in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Economics, minors in French and Asian Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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VC Reverse Pitch

 TX Investors pitch to Beyond-TX Investors

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The Ion Startup Demo Day Final

Ion Startup Demo Day Final

After a year-long series of monthly pitch competitions, it has all come down to this event. The four finalists will come together on the virtual stage and compete for a grand cash prize. Watch the final four startups pitch their company and see who the judges will name the champion of The Ion Startup Demo Day 2020 series.

Whether you're a serial entrepreneur or just looking to get more involved in the startup community, this event is for YOU!

Learn more here


Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Opening Remarks (Dallas) with Chris Bottger from Cisco

Chris Bottger started his career in BMS with Satchwell Control Systems, now part of Schneider Electric, driving innovations and executing global partnerships. Since then Chris has been part of the video collaboration industry at both the manufacturer and channel partner level. Now at Cisco responsible for Workplace Experience Strategy he has taken the Building Management, Video Collaboration and IoT networking foundation to create a Human Machine Interface (HMI) strategy that can drive users in real time us to improve Engagement and the overall Workplace Experience. The goal being for customers to help accelerate the rise of the agile team; improve talent retention and execute at the speed of a start-up but at scale.  All while optimizing the workplace, improving real-estate efficiencies, increasing wellness in a secure and scalable environment.

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Breakout Session - Prop Tech

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Chris Bottger started his career in BMS with Satchwell Control Systems, now part of Schneider Electric, driving innovations and executing global partnerships. Since then Chris has been part of the video collaboration industry at both the manufacturer and channel partner level. Now at Cisco responsible for Workplace Experience Strategy he has taken the Building Management, Video Collaboration and IoT networking foundation to create a Human Machine Interface (HMI) strategy that can drive users in real time us to improve Engagement and the overall Workplace Experience. The goal being for customers to help accelerate the rise of the agile team; improve talent retention and execute at the speed of a start-up but at scale.  All while optimizing the workplace, improving real-estate efficiencies, increasing wellness in a secure and scalable environment.


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Breakout Session - Sports & ESports Tech

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Kyle Bautista is Chief Operating Officer at Complexity Gaming, one of the longest-standing and most successful esports organizations in North America. In his role, Bautista oversees business operations for the team and acts as an advisor to the Complexity Board of Directors. Previously, Bautista served as General Manager for Complexity and was a part of the esports team at S2 Games and Frostburn Studios.

Bautista has been in the competitive gaming industry for over a decade. Prior to Complexity Gaming, Bautista competed at a professional level and worked as on-camera talent at esports events around the world.


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Breakout Session - Enterprise Architecture (AI, Blockchain, Cloud to Edge)

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Mance Harmon: Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder and CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at the US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

Bryon Jacob is the CTO and co-founder of data.world - on a mission to build the world's most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource. Bryon is a recognized leader in building large-scale consumer internet systems and an expert in data integration solutions.

Bryon's twenty years of academic and professional experience spans AI research at Case Western Reserve University, enterprise software at Trilogy, and consumer web experience at Amazon and most recently in ten years building HomeAway.com.  At HomeAway, Bryon oversaw platform development and the integration of thirty acquisitions while building the world's largest online marketplace for vacation rentals.



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VC Reverse Pitch

 TX Investors pitch to Beyond-TX Investors

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Big Idea Competition with Mark Cuban

The University of Texas at Dallas Big Idea Competition at Global Entrepreneurship Week (BIC) is one of the most celebrated nights of entrepreneurship in North Texas. Keynoted by Mark Cuban and with $200,000 in scholarship awards and cash prizes, BIC is the marquee event of Capital Factory’s virtual Texas Startup Roadshow.

For fourteen years, this event recognized the entrepreneurial progress of UT Dallas students, faculty, and alumni. This year’s event has grown to include innovative research from the labs of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Join us as we bring together the best undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines, alongside top research faculty and alumni, to pitch the most innovative startups and ideas to a panel of esteemed judges.

You can also livestream this on YouTube!

Agenda:

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Virtual Networking and Virtual Booths

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Welcome Remarks

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm: UT Dallas Student Pitch Track

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: UT Dallas Alumni Pitch Track

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: UT Southwestern Biotech+ Track

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: UT Dallas Research Commercialization Track

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Mark Cuban's Keynote

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Winners Announced

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Virtual Networking and Virtual Booths