About Austin Fast Start
For the last decade, the Austin Young Chamber has worked to create connections and foster the spirit of innovation within Austin. The Austin Fast Start pitch competition is a partnership with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department with support from 3 Day Startup. Every quarter, we will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support local entrepreneurs as the future business leaders in our community.
Our next Austin Fast Start event which will be…
Fashion is broadly defined to include apparel, accessories, or a service or store in the fashion industry.
This cycle’s applications are open to Austin based startups whose work fits the scope of Fashion. Startups must: (1) be located within Austin city limits, (2) should be in the pre-seed/early revenue stage, and (3) be less than two years old.
Winners will receive an on the spot cash prize of $2,500 plus $5,000+ in additional in-kind prizes including:
– One Year Elite Membership to the Austin Young Chamber
– Three months of free rent at Capital Factory
– Global Conference Roundup Ticket from 3 Day Startup
– LLC Formation from The Haney Law Firm
– Business Coaching Session from the Economic Growth Business Incubator
– Three-series business classes from the City of Austin Small Business Program.
All applications will be scored by judges from across the community with diverse backgrounds and skills, as well as an industry expert. The top four scored applications will be selected as Finalists and invited to participate on pitch day.
The four Finalists will pitch their business to the audience at the Austin Fast Start event on June 25 from 5:30-7:30pm at Google.
Each Finalist will have five minutes to pitch the audience on the value of their product or service by either presenting a slide show presentation or giving a live demonstration of the product. Five to eight minutes of questions and answers from the judges and the audience will follow.
The winner of the Austin Fast Start will be chosen by a combination of judges scores and audience vote.
Green HugGreen Hug is a 100% sustainable e-commerce clothing company that uses 100% recycled and organic materials and we plants 7 trees for each item sold. In their first year, they offered garments made of organic cotton, Tencel®, bamboo, post-consumer recycled polyester, and post-consumer organic cotton.
Joey Ro is a new line of “instagrammable” mix and match accessories for pets and their people. The Joey Ro collar is the centerpiece of the product line, much like a Pandora bracelet. Its patent-pending design allows accessories including bow ties and bandanas (+ more in the future) to attach directly to the inside of the collar, ensuring they stay in place and do not irritate the pup (like many velcro-style bow ties often will). Each of the pet accessories have matching human counterparts in the same print patterns, including headbands, scarves, human bow ties, keychains, and Apple watch bands – with more to come!
Mary ClaretMary Claret is a contemporary women’s apparel brand based in Austin, Texas. They design apparel products that flatter a variety of body types through the use of generous silhouettes and flattering fabrics. They design a range of apparel products that fit women’s daily needs from career to casual lifestyles. Their product line includes luxury sleepwear, adjustable wrap skirts, blouses, and small accessory items.
SwayySwayy is a clothing aggregator that creates curated shopping experiences. It’s never been easier to buy clothes online and have them delivered straight to your doorstep. However, because there are so many options, finding the right thing has never been more overwhelming. Many women shop by occasion – not by garment type – and retailers don’t reflect this. Swayy offers much-needed curation with a website that aggregates clothing from across the web and sorts items by the occasion you’re shopping for. Customers can also save money by renting clothes instead of buying them, allowing women to refresh their wardrobe while decreasing their environmental footprint that is an inherent consequence of fast fashion.
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Thank you to our Austin Fast Start: Fashion Judges!
Samuel Alexander is the founder and CEO of Concept 2 Consumption (C2C), an Austin, TX-based business providing its clients with access to a revolutionary B2B2C fashion ecosystem. Alexander’s experience spans more than three decades—and brings together expertise in both the fashion and technology industries. Samuel is an expert in product design/development; global sourcing/production; strategic branding/marketing; and technology integration. He was instrumental in promoting the growth and development of numerous major labels including Levi Strauss, Votre Nom Paris, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jones of New York, Shelli Segal, David Dart, Laundry, Icon Aura, Lois, Peter Golding, and Sue Wong—among many others. Alexander specializes in Smart Fashion, including Nano and Bio-Tech integration.
Through his newest venture, C2C, Samuel is revolutionizing the fashion industry by bringing his expertise to bear in the creation of two online platforms: Order Register and C2C Virtual Shop. The Order Register platform (B2B) connects the production and fulfillment processes for the wholesale business into one software program. C2C Virtual Shop (B2C) utilizes virtual and augmented reality to provide customers a personalized avatar life model allowing shoppers to virtually “try on” an article of clothing. The C2C Virtual Shop platform also integrates with other retail and social platforms thus providing new and interactive features.
Nick has developed hundreds of entrepreneurs through his work as a Program Manager and Facilitator with 3 Day Startup, an Austin-based nonprofit that runs immersive entrepreneurship programs for students and community members at 150 institutions in 35 countries. His founder experience spans from HydroDontist–a medtech venture that graduated from the nationally-ranked The Brandery accelerator–to music video production and digital strategy companies. He holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio.
Rosa Rios Valdez
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rosa is certified in development finance by the National Development Council of New York. She has 30 years experience in business development and commercial real estate lending. She is currently the CEO of Business & Community Lenders of Texas and has been leading the organization since 1997, growing the company’s total assets over 30 fold. Rosa manages a statewide $25,000,000 commercial real estate loan portfolio and is Asset Manager for a $4.5 million real estate portfolio. In 2012, she led the formation of the health-focused social enterprise Salud es Vida Corporation.
Prior to joining BCL of Texas, Rios Valdez served as manager of business finance in the Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development where she focused on business and manufacturing expansions throughout the state. She also worked regionally in central and southeast Texas as a former Director of Economic Development for the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Rios Valdez serves on the Economic Development Board of the Capital Area Planning Council of Government. She is a past president of the National Association of Economic Developers and former chair of the Travis County Housing Authority, a position she held for 10 years. She also serves on the Board of the NeighborWorks America Community Capital Corporation, and sits on their Loan Committee. She recently completed an Executive Management program at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and completed an appointment the Travis County Bond Advisory Board in August of 2013.
Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda, CEO at Crossing Bridges Consulting is one of 9 Google Digital Coaches in the United States. As a Google Digital Coach, Vicky facilitates workshops for small businesses. These small businesses receive guidance on how to improve their web presence and learn to reach new customers
and grow online using Google’s online advertising platform, GoogleAds. SMB’s learn how to also use the free Google My Business listing, Google Analytics and an overview of GSuite and Google Supplier Diversity program and Grow with Google.
Prior to joining the Google Digital Coaches Program at Google Vicky was the Sr.Director of Small Business and International Events at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Vicky was responsible for the development, delivery, and execution of all Small Business and International Initiatives including two of GAHCC Signature Events: Capital of Texas Awards and CELEBRANDO Austin. Vicky was also The GAHCC liaison for The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance working with the GAHCC, Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, The Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and The Austin LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. As the liaison for the GAHCC Vicky Collaborated with the other chamber leadership to bring Austin’s diverse business community quality events and educational topics for Small Business Owners.
Thank you to our Austin Fast Start: Fashion Emcee!
Nina Means is an alumnus of the International Fashion Design program at FIT and has designed for Rebecca Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, and H by Halston for QVC. In 2016, Nina started her namesake label sold in specialty stores and online. As Director of the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, she is developing a real-to-industry experience that provides students and fashion startups with the necessary educational experience and technology exposure to work efficiently in the fashion industry. The program also provides emerging fashion businesses the product development support to go-to-market in a profitable manner. As a fashion design and fashion marketing instructor, Nina has taught product development, production, introduction to manufacturing, technical design and computer illustrative media. She also speaks and serves as moderator for panels on fashion business and technology.
Previous Fast Start Events
Congratulations the Austin Fast Start:
FinTech Pitch Winner
Jump Credit is an alternative credit technology that will accurately predict risk on student loans in developing countries by using academic data, psychometrics, and machine learning.
FinTech Pitch Event Video
What is FinTech?
FinTech companies are businesses that leverage new technology to create new and improved financial services for both consumers and businesses. It includes companies of all kinds that may operate in personal financial management, insurance, payment, asset management, etc.
Jump CreditJump Credit is an alternative credit technology that will accurately predict risk on student loans in developing countries by using academic data, psychometrics, and machine learning.
Rocket Dollar allows individuals to open and maintain self-directed retirement accounts. We enable account holders to access alternative investments beyond stocks and bonds. Customers can invest in real estate, startups, crowdfunding platforms, or any opportunity allowed by the IRS while keeping the tax benefits of a retirement account.
Rocket Dollar provides ongoing compliance support for customers to ensure their accounts are always in good standing, as well as giving customers the ability to track their investments, all within the Rocket Dollar platform.
TixpireTixpire is an alternative to high ticket prices for live entertainment events. Our company offers extended layaway options for any ticketed event in the world.
Winners received an on the spot cash prize of $2,500 plus $5,000+ in additional in-kind prizes including: One Year Elite Membership to the Austin Young Chamber, Three months free rent at Capital Factory for up to three team members, Global Conference Roundup Ticket from 3 Day Startup, LLC Formation from The Haney Law Firm, Business Coaching Session from the Economic Growth Business Incubator, and a Three-Class Package from the City of Austin, Small Business Program
Congratulations the Austin Fast Start:
Sustainable Business Pitch Winner
The solar energy industry is growing rapidly, and 90% of that added solar capacity is installed with tracking capabilities. The team at Sun Co. is developing passive solar trackers that drastically reduce cost through the use of shape memory alloys. These alloys work as both sensors and actuators. They contract when heated which allows us to track the sun without any additional electricity or expensive sensor equipment which help homeowners and small businesses find a cheap solution for increasing their energy efficiency.
Sustainable Business Pitch Event Video
What is a Sustainable Business?
A sustainable or “green” business is a business that operates in a way that protects the environment, enhances the community, and maintains a healthy workplace.
About the Austin Central Library
The Austin Central Library was recently awarded LEED® Platinum status under the international green building rating system. It is now the second Platinum certified public library in Texas. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Platinum is the highest level of recognition awarded and indicates a score of 80 or better on the 110 point rating system.
The Central Library is the first City of Austin building to achieve the prestigious designation. Six commercial buildings in Austin have been awarded LEED Platinum. There are about 20 LEED Platinum certified libraries in the U.S.
Sustainable Business Finalists
GrubTubsAt GrubTubs we found a solution that transforms food waste into animal feed. Our process is fast, capital efficient, easy to permit, decentralized and profitable for restaurants and farmers. Our patent pending GrubReactor uses insect larvae to quickly eat food waste. They can be placed on any farm nationwide without a waste permit, saving our farmers up to a $1,000/mo per 1,000 chickens they have to feed.
Shower StreamAt Shower Stream, we understand that water and energy waste is an enormous problem across the globe. It is not only an environmental problem, but also a huge economic and social problem. We are transforming the water, energy and IoT industries by solving unique waste problems that are currently completely unattended.
Sun Co.The solar energy industry is growing rapidly, and 90% of that added solar capacity is installed with tracking capabilities. The team at Sun Co. is developing passive solar trackers that drastically reduce cost through the use of shape memory alloys. These alloys work as both sensors and actuators. They contract when heated which allows us to track the sun without any additional electricity or expensive sensor equipment which help homeowners and small businesses find a cheap solution for increasing their energy efficiency.
Z-BikezZ-Bikez is Austin’s own brand of personal electric vehicles. We make and sell a complete line of electric bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles. In light of our experiences and new market trends, we’re in the process of pivoting to a new model that hits the sweet spot between current docking bicycle programs and dockless scooter share programs. We have full scale manufacturing capacity for our future growth, R&D products, and infrastructure developments.
Winners will receive an on the spot cash prize of $2,000 plus $5,000+ in additional in-kind prizes including:
- One Year Elite Membership to the Austin Young Chamber
- Three months free rent at Capital Factory
- Global Conference Roundup Ticket from 3 Day Startup
- LLC Formation from The Haney Law Firm
- Business Coaching Session from the Economic Growth Business Incubator
- One Un.Inc Life journal from Un.Inc
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