ATI has over 20 years of experience adding value to technology start-ups. And, based on that experience, we have evolved our incubation model as Austin’s tech economy has grown and developed. Today, we believe that we can best serve the early stage community by offering a broad business building platform, but complementing that with industry-specific capabilities.
To that end, we have invested in developing domain expertise and market- and technology-specific networks of advisors and investors in four areas:
- Information technology (broadly defined to cover both software and silicon)
- Wireless telecommunications (again, covering both hardware infrastructure and software tools)
- Bioscience (with a human health focus, from device to therapeutics.)
- Clean energy/clean technology (with a strong sub-focus on electric power, although we welcome applications from alternative fuels companies)
Each focus area has a dedicated ATI director, board of advisors, intern resources, and network of industry experts. In addition, we work with investors whose investment theses match our technologies. This allows us to deliver value beyond generic business building advice: since implementing this model, we have been able to help over 75% of our members attract funding.
Despite our commitment to domain expertise, however, ATI remains very much “one firm.” The director team works together as a partnership. We have cultivated complementary skill sets among our professional staff as well as industry-specific expertise. As a result, you will often be working with more than one ATI director and network to help you solve your business’s problems. Moreover, there is often significant crossover between focus areas (biofuels, wireless medical devices, and smart grid controls, to name just a few.)
When you join ATI, you are not joining a program or sector. You are joining the Incubator. Your lead point of contact will probably be the director of the program with which you are affiliated. But you will have all the resources of ATI at your service.
We welcome applications from companies that fit cleanly in one of our sectors, from companies that cross sectors, and even from companies that do not think they match our focus areas.