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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.


The next Strategic Priority is…

Mobility Innovation


Mobility Innovation Pitch Event

Monday, September 9th | 5:30-7:00pm

Come out to the Austin Central Library’s Special Event Center to hear the finalists pitch their idea. Registration is required.




The City of Austin’s Strategic Direction 2023 includes Mobility as a priority outcome with strategies including system efficiency and congestion, transportation cost, access to multi-modal transportation, safety, and transportation-related infrastructure.

About Mobility Innovation

Mobility Innovation includes solutions and products that use data, technology and design to increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety and improve the traveler experience for the public right of way and transportation networks. Examples of mobility innovation include software that makes it easier to plan trips, services that allow you to rent/hail shared mobility devices, new modes for transportation like autonomous vehicles with connected hardware, and connected infrastructure systems for intelligent right of way management.

Application Deadline

Applications for Mobility Innovation have closed.

Qualifications

The next cycle’s applications are open to Austin based startups whose work fits the scope of Mobility Innovation. 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.

Prizes

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.

Scoring

All applications will be scored by judges from across the community with diverse backgrounds and skills related to startups, business, investments, and mobility. The top four scored applications will be selected as Finalists and invited to participate on pitch day.

Pitch Day

The four Finalists will pitch their business to an audience at the Austin Fast Start event on September 9 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Austin Central Library.

Presentation

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 audience will follow.

Winner

The winner of the Austin Fast Start will be chosen by a combination of judges scores and audience vote.


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Announcing the Austin Fast Start Mobility Innovation Finalists…

  • Bndl LLC


    Bundle is a peer to peer mobile application that creates storage and space solutions. Our mobile application will leverage people’s houses, garages, closets, guest rooms, sheds, storage facilities, parking space and even vacant lots, converting them into on-demand storage available to users on the mobile app. This will create an ecosystem where users can save money and find storage solutions that are tailored to them, and hosts can create passive income form untouched empty space.

  • ElecTrip


    ElecTrip is a no-compromise travel solution that offers door to door transportation between major cities located less than 4 hours apart in private, professionally driven Teslas with Wi-Fi and laptop charging on board. Using EVs allows us to reduce our operational costs to offer a superior service at a highly cost-competitive price. We have a fleet of 2 private Teslas and 17+ Teslas that we can borrow through our network. We currently have 6 drivers that are fully trained and doing consistent rides every week and 100 on our waitlist.

  • Saddle


    Saddle is a one-stop shop for multimodal Austin transportation, aimed at reducing congestion and keeping transportation spending local by making multimodal trip planning of Austin’s hometown mobility companies as convenient as getting driving directions.

  • THruck


    THruck is a long-distance rideshare solution using the empty seat on commercial trucks. We are starting by connecting students who are seeking to travel out of town with truckers who have an empty seat on their freight vehicle and are going to or through the student’s destination city or town.

Thank you to our Austin Fast Start: Mobility Innovation Judges!

 

Nick Chagin

NickChaginNick 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.

 

OJ Gilder

OJGilderO.J. Gilder is the Chief Information Officer/Chief Marketing Officer at A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU), a $1.6 billion financial institution headquartered in Austin, Texas. In his over 20 years of experience, Gilder has risen from a part-time teller to CIO/CMO. In this role, he oversees the programming, networking, marketing, business development, community education, contact center, member experience, and data analytics for the credit union.

Gilder holds a BBA, Management Information Systems, from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University in San Marcos. He recently completed the Cardwell 306/2 Symposium leadership program in which he was hand-selected to participate. Additionally, he serves on multiple advisory councils and groups within the credit union and financial services industry.

 

Jason JonMichael

JasonJonMichaelJason JonMichael, a transportation technology expert with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development, has joined the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) as Assistant Director, Smart Mobility.

Before joining ATD, JonMichael worked as National Technology Leader, ITS & Systems for HNTB Corporation, focused on emerging technology program management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock the value of connected and autonomous vehicles. JonMichael leads a cross-functional team of mobility, technology, policy, data, and user experience specialists to deliver outcomes that improve mobility, safety and access to Austin residents. He will also manage public-private-partnerships and the evolution of the Parking Enterprise division in its future role of transportation.

JonMichael’s subject matter expertise includes complex systems (artificial intelligence), transportation technology, systems engineering, communications and systems integration. He has operated in management roles with several federal, state and municipal advanced transportation research projects and programs, including the U.S. DOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment in Tampa, Florida.

Over the last 25 years, he has performed and managed systems integration services on projects spanning from traditional advanced traffic management systems to state-of-the-art, emerging smart mobility solutions involving connected, autonomous, shared, and electric technologies. JonMichael regularly provides insights and advice to industry-related non-profit boards, councils, committees and other organizations. For the past 10 years, JonMichael was an executive board member and past Chair of the OmniAir® Consortium, helping guide the creation of OmniAir’s certification services — the connected and automated vehicle equivalent to UL® or WiFi®. JonMichael contributed his expertise, along with numerous city departments and agencies, to Austin’s original U.S. DOT $50 million Smart City grant application, helping Austin become a finalist. He will build upon the City of Austin and Capital Metro’s new Smart Mobility Roadmap, which lays out a proactive and deliberate approach to new mobility capabilities to ensure a future that is equitable, affordable, prosperous and data-driven.

 

Mia Zmud

MiaZmudAs the Mobility Innovation Manager at Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mia Zmud provides leadership and strategy focused on leveraging emerging transportation technologies and mobility solutions with research to deliver smarter and more efficient transportation systems. Her expertise in travel behavior research, helps inform mobility management decisions that address urban congestion, optimize operations and improve the customer experience. Mia’s background includes four years in an executive role at Metropia, a Tucson-based startup working to revolutionize commuting behaviors through an incentive-based mobile platform. She also served as a senior advisor to Carma, a mobile application that incentivizes carpooling in urban areas. In 2016, Mia was awarded the Women in Transportation “Innovator of the Year” award for overseeing the deployment of the Metropia platform in Austin, Texas.


Previous Fast Start Events



Congratulations the Austin Fast Start:
Fashion Pitch Winner

Mary Claret

Mary 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.


Fashion Pitch Event Video

How did we define Fashion?

Fashion is broadly defined to include apparel, accessories, or a service or store in the fashion industry.

Fashion Finalists

  • Green Hug

    Green 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

    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 Claret

    Mary 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.


  • Swayy

    Swayy 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.

Thank you to our Austin Fast Start: Fashion Judges!

 

Samuel Alexander

SamuelAlexanderSamuel 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 Chagin

NickChaginNick 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

RosaRiosValdezA 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 Sepulveda

VickySepulvedaVicky 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

NenaMeansNina 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.

Prizes

Winners received an on the spot cash prize of $2,500 plus $7,400+ in additional in-kind prizes including: One Year Elite Membership to the Austin Young Chamber, Three months Residency at the ACC Fashion Incubator, 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:
FinTech Pitch Winner

Jump Credit

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.

FinTech Finalists
  • Jump Credit

    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.


  • Rocket Dollar

    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.


  • Tixpire

    Tixpire is an alternative to high ticket prices for live entertainment events. Our company offers extended layaway options for any ticketed event in the world.

Prizes

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

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.

 

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
  • GrubTubs

    At 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 Stream

    At 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-Bikez

    Z-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.

Prizes

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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