Bart Bohn, ATI’s Director of our Wireless and IT Incubators was recently quoted in a ReadWriteStart, which is part of ReadWriteWeb, article called Never Mind The Valley: Here’s Austin. The article discusses the many ways Austin (including the Austin Technology Incubator) is supportive of building our entrepreneurial community.
Here’s an excerpt that includes Bart’s quote:
Another industry thriving in the Austin startup scene is biosciences and environmental businesses, spurred by the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas. In addition to IT and wireless, ATI hosts divisions devoted to helping launch startups in the clean-tech and bioscience industries. Executive Director of the Austin Wireless Alliance and ATI Director Bart Bohn says the last few years have seen a large uptake in traction for clean energy startups.
“One event that signaled the transformation was the first Clean Energy Venture Summit in May of 2007 in Austin,” Bohn told ReadWriteWeb. “Thirty to forty investors came to listen to 15 or so startups, and 400 people attended. It was standing-room-only in biggest ballroom we could find.”
Along with other groups such as CleanTX and the Solar Energies Entrepreneurs Network, Austin has quickly become known for clean energy innovation. Another organization, the Pecan Street Project, a coalition of various organizations and Fortune 100 companies, plans to redevelop an old municipal airport just a few miles from the UT campus into a community hooked into a smart electrical grid.