Austin startups join the A-List

Chamber recognizes 12 more local companies for breakout potential

Posted May 12th, 2016

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its annual A-List, which spotlights a dozen local startup companies that the chamber says have breakout potential.

This year, nearly 200 companies were nominated, and the winners were announced Thursday at an event at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

A panel of independent judges evaluated the businesses in three investment categories: early-stage, mid-stage and later-stage. The list includes startups in sectors including big data, biotechnology, hardware, software, consumer packaged goods, music technology, e-commerce and mobile app development.

Now in its sixth year, the list is intended to increase the visibility of Austin's most fundable, scalable and innovative startups and drive increased venture capital funding to Central Texas, officials said.

"Innovators are a key part of our strong economic ecosystem and will continue to drive the future of Austin," said Michele Skelding, the chamber's senior vice president of global technology and innovation. "Now more than ever, Austin needs to support creativity and innovation -- it's instrumental in ensuring our legacy continues."

Since the A-List's launch, past winners have received $987.8 million in funding and exit proceeds, according to the chamber.


Here is the 2016 A-List:


Early-stage/seed stage companies

Embark Veterinary, saliva-based DNA tests for dogs. 

Factom, tools that let users publish a mathematical proof for any event or record

IdealSpot, commercial real estate application that matches tenants and building owners and managers

re:3D, technology that enables industrial strength, large format 3D printing at an affordable price


Mid-stage companies

ESO Solutions, software for healthcare and public safety professionals 

Firefly Space Systems, satellite launch company 

NSS Labs, security product testing laboratory

OJO Labs, building an artificial intelligence technology that replicates, adapts and scales human conversations

The Zebra, operates a car insurance comparison marketplace

TrendKite, analytics software that helps companies gauge the effectiveness of their public relations efforts


Later-stage companies

Civitas Learning, analytics software that aims to help colleges and universities increase graduation rates 

Modernize, connects homeowners with home improvement professionals


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