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ATI SXSW Interactive 2016 Highlights

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Pictured above: The ATI team hangs with Chris Harris, senior program officer in entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, at the Entrepreneur Lounge. (L-R: Mitch Jacobson, Kathleen Baireuther, Bart Bohn, Cindy WalkerPeach, Harris, and Ryan Field.)

 

For the Austin Technology Incubator, a good time was had by all at SXSW Interactive 2016. Here are some highlights:

  • ATI team members enjoyed time with Chris Harris, senior program officer in entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, which in October awarded ATI a $500,000 grant and named it a top U.S. startup incubator. “ATI had a great time with Chris. We discussed how the ATI project of training student entrepreneurs fits within Kauffman’s overall strategic plan for fostering entrepreneurship in the United States,” said ATI Director Isaac Barchas.
  • ATI Clean Energy Incubator Assistant Director Kathleen Baireuther attended the announcement by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that Austin is a finalist in the Smart City Challenge, which will provide $40 million to the winning city for integration of self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors.
  • ATI Bio/Health Sciences Director, Cindy WalkerPeach – part of the qualifying committee for the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition – watched startup Rorus, maker of the portable water purifier Filter Pack, win the Innovative World Technologies category.
  • ATI Clean Energy Incubator Co-director, Mitch Jacobson, emceed the SXSW Eco Speed Pitches in front of a 200+ audience. ATI company Bractlet, which combines data and analytics to reduce commercial energy consumption, was among the 12 startups representing the most promising innovations in energy, transportation, health, water, recycling and product innovation.
  • ATI IT/Wireless and Water Director, Bart Bohn, enjoyed participating in two roundtable discussions: one with Cathy McMorris Rodgers on how to leverage veterans to drive innovations in government and how to enable them to transition to entrepreneurial careers; and another with Rep. Darrell Issa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, regarding Austin’s entrepreneurial funding environment in the context of the national dynamics.

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L-R: Naruby Schlenker, Co-founder of Ordoro, Inc.; Worth Kilcrease; and Joe Milam, CEO of AngelSpan, Inc. at the Entrepreneur Lounge.

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SXSW Interactive attendees enjoy commingling on the rooftop of downtown Austin’s Fogo de Chao.

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L-R: Eli Smith, Austin territory manager for Google Cloud, and Bart Bohn, ATI director for IT/Wireless and Water.