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5 PM - 5:45 PM - Been There, Done That Panel 
6 PM - 9 PM - Competition
9 PM - Winners announced at Gabriel's in the ATT Center 
Where: McCombs School of Business - Legacy Events Room - Third floor
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Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition Finals - Feb 15

Come see the top graduate teams from UT compete in the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition Finals on February 15  from 6 PM - 9 PM.


Four teams will enter, and only one will emerge as the victor and represent UT in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition in May.


Come early for the "Been There Done That Panel," which includes alums of the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition who went on to pursue their ventures after graduation. They have raised money, launched their companies and will be able to answer your questions about taking your venture from business plan to reality.

"Just by competing we were able to significantly improve the clarity of the plan and express the demand from the market. And more importantly, our first investors were my judges there."

- Daniel Nelson - McCombs MBA, Co-founder of Phurnace Software and winner of the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition.

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Been There, Done That Panel   

Meet the Judges:

Jeff Harbach, Central Texas Angel Network - Jeff currently serves as Executive Director for CTAN. Additionally, Jeff owns several small businesses including two 7-Elevens. Jeff received his MBA from McCombs where he served as President of Venture Fellows and co-founded Texas Venture Labs. Jeff was also named a Kauffman Fellow by the prestigious Society of Kauffman Fellows.

Hassan Johnson, ThaTrunk - Hassan created ThaTrunk while at McCombs as a platform for underground hip hop artists. It has since evolved into a mobile proximity sharing app for creative content and has been featured in mashable. ThaTrunk was one of TVL's first portfolio companies. This past summer Hassan participated in DreamIt Ventures and has raised six figures in angel investments.

Sangram Kadam, Orodoro - Sangram and his co-founders created Ordoro while receiving their MBA from McCombs. They competed in the Texas and Global Venture Labs Investment Competitions and have been growing by double digits each quarter since inception. Ordoro just took a  $600k angel investment.

Aaron Lyons, Urban Dish - Aaron received his MBA from McCombs where he was a member of TVL and founded Urban Dish. Aaron took Urban Dish to the finals of the TVL Investment Competition and has since raised $600k to launch the concept this summer. He also serves as a Accenture Venture Partner at TVL.

Jay Manickam, uShip - Jay currently serves as VP of Strategy & Operations at uShip. While attending McCombs, he met uShip co-founders Mickey Millsap and Matt Chasen and competed in the TVL Investment Competition. They have since raised $7.5M in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and DAG Ventures, and currently serve over 1.5M customers.

Brett Newswanger, Xeris Pharmaceuticals - Brett has worked with over a half-dozen start-up companies in Austin, many with a pharma or med device focus.  Brett first met his current company, Xeris Pharmaceuticals, as an intern at Austin Technology Incubator.  He then continued to work with Xeris as a Stage 3 deal in Texas Venture Labs.  Both ATI and TVL helped Xeris close a $1.5M Series A round of financing which was led by CTAN.  This funding, along with a $1M Phase II SBIR from the NIH, gave Xeris the capital needed to move the company forward and bring Brett on board as Director of Product Development, upon his graduation from McCombs in May 2011. 

Robert Reeves, Austin Technology Incubator - Robert currently serves as the Director of the IT and Wireless Portfolio for ATI. Robert joined ATI after successfully exiting Phurnace Software - a company he created with co-founder Daniel Nelson. Phurnace competed in the Texas and Global Venture Labs Investment Competition and went on to raise $5M in series A from S3 Ventures.


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Competition   

6:00 PM Embarkly

Embarkly is the for the pet boarding industry.  We help pet owners make reservations at pet boarding facilities.   

Travis Skelly, MBA 2012


6:35 PM   eyeQ

eyeQ provides retailers the ability to monitor consumer purchasing behavior, generate retail business intelligence and influence consumer purchasing at the shelf.  Our solution utilizes algorithms based on video analytics to create consumer data for the retailer and provide the customer with a content rich buying experience.    

Michael Garel, MBA 2012; Harish Jayakumar, MBA 2012  


7:10 PM  Athena Laboratories

Athena Laboratories is a medical device company providing a patented laser technology to physicians.  The laser will be sold under the name FemtoSmooth™ and will be used to treat cellulite in a minimally invasive manner.  The treatment differentiates from competing products based on efficacy, shorter duration of treatment and pain.     

Ravine Woods, MSTC 2012; Wayne Whitmire, MSTC 2012; Albert Alvarez, MSTC 2012; Wendell Johnson, MSTC 2012;  Wendy Wu, MSTC 2012; Alex Garcia, MSTC 2012


7:45 PM Simple Invest

For an individual investor, diversification via asset allocation, regular re-balancing and low fees are the best methods to achieve sustained long term returns in financial markets. SimpleInvest is a cloud based automated solution that enables an investor to achieve these goals without the need of an expensive financial advisor.    

Rohit Sharma, MBA 2013


9 PM  Reception at Gabriel's at the AT&T Conference Center to announce the winner.