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PRESS RELEASE: BCIC Announces StartUp Texas Pitch Summit 2020 Finalists

 

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) announced the finalists for their inaugural StartUp Texas Pitch Summit today, taking place on Wednesday, July 8th 2020 at the Brownsville Performing Arts Academy. The seed fund program is part of BCIC’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a culture and ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Brownsville and the greater Rio Grande Valley.

“Brownsville was born of entrepreneurs, and we want to continue that entrepreneurial spirit by promoting the creation and scalability of innovative businesses in our community,” says Nathan Burkhart, Director of Marketing & Small Business Development for BCIC. “Research shows how startups are disproportionately responsible for innovations that drive economic growth, and account for most net new job creation. This Pitch Summit is just another example of the ecosystem we are creating for our community, for the Valley.”

The StartUp Texas Pitch Summit is a competition where finalists present their businesses to a prestigious judging panel of industry leaders, corporate, angel, and venture investors who provide feedback and select the winners who will earn a share of $100,000 as seed funding for their ventures. The well-connected audience in the room and on the web will weigh in via social media tools making the StartUp Texas Summit as dynamic as possible in a time where social distancing measures are in full effect.

This is an incredibly difficult and uncertain time, and we’re all facing challenges we didn’t expect, but even in the middle of all that uncertainty we can find pride in our community and make space to recognize our resilience and adaptability.

Michael LimasChair of the Board, BCIC

“This is an incredibly difficult and uncertain time, and we’re all facing challenges we didn’t expect, but even in the middle of all that uncertainty we can find pride in our community and make space to recognize our resilience and adaptability” says Michael Limas, Chair of the Board for BCIC, “It’s a chance for Brownsville to get a glimpse of the entrepreneurial ecosystem developing in our community through our ongoing efforts.”

“With the launch of StartUp Texas, we are creating a circle of economic empowerment that expands commerce opportunities and generates beneficial outcomes for our community,” says Josh Mejia, Executive Director for BCIC. “This is more than just an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their unique innovations to industry leaders and investors, it’s an opportunity to get a glimpse into how the next generation sees the future of the Brownsville economy.”

The StartUp Texas Pitch event will be livestreamed from the Brownsville Performing Arts Academy online and on BCIC social media channels on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM. For more information regarding the event or program, please contact Nathan Burkhart at (956) 459-2123 or by email at nburkhart@bcic.us.

STARTUP TEXAS PITCH FINALISTS

Lunar Station Corporation logo

Lunar Station Corporation

Provides cutting-edge Moon Navigational Services and Lunar Environmental Intelligence to help successfully execute missions on the Moon.

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Permittivity

Combines a licensed NASA technology with a team of seasoned experts to provide a novel and disruptive leak detection system for underground storage tanks.

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North America Secner Holdings, LLC.

Surface electromagnetic inspection technology. Procurement, Maintenance and Automation services for the energy sector.

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Smartest Energy

Utilizing thermal pyrolysis with discarded end-of-life tires (ELT) to produce Tire Derived Fuel (TDF), Pyrolysis Carbon Black (PCB), recovered Steel and Sync Gas.

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LGI Foods, Inc.

Creating a Superfood utilizing a unique process to transform 100% nopal cactus into powder.

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Jen Zeano Designs

Latina owned and operated lifestyle brand with a mission to create products that are inclusive, and closes the representation gap for people of color.

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RockDuo Ventures

Creating Gyde, a mobile application that helps connect upper-level students to lower-level students in an effort to mentor each other.

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Slider Semiconductor

Future semiconductor foundry specializing in the fabrication of silicon ingots and wafers for the semiconductor industry and its sub industries.

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Pluton Brewing Company

Microbrewery using locally and ethically sourced ingredients to create a drinking experience unique to the region.

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Wingz, Inc.

Creating sailboats designed to reach average speeds of 20 knots or more.