FORT WORTH, Texas (May 18, 2011) – Three emerging companies with prospects of having a global impact were selected for the third TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards.
The winners, by category:
- Environmental — Green and Sustainable Services, LLC
- Community — Image Vision Labs
- Health — Vital Art and Science, Inc
The TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards recognize new companies that will better our world by bringing to market technologies and innovations that will have a significant impact on our environment, community or health. The IMPACT Awards also raises funds to support business incubation programs for technology-based entrepreneurs.
“This year’s winners and finalists impressed the judges with their concepts, passion and optimism,” said TECH Fort Worth Executive Director Darlene Ryan. “These entrepreneurs are working to better our world and the opportunity to shine this spotlight on them is gratifying.”
Keynote speaker Sam Gilliland, Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Holdings, told the luncheon crowd at Texas Christian University that “TECH Fort Worth’s mission is very complementary to our own, and we’re pleased to join forces with like-minded people who are also passionate about bringing new innovations to market to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Nine finalists had been selected by three panels of five judges from among 36 entries during a “Pitch Day” March 30.
The winners, who each received a technology package valued at $2,500:
Environmental – GREEN & SUSTAINABLE SERVICES, LLC (GSS) identifies technical approaches, processes and solutions that are environmentally responsible, resource efficient and promote good stewardship of the world’s natural resources. GSS, a woman- and disadvantaged-owned and historically under-utilized small business firm, plans to commercialize a patent-pending Hybrid Chemical Treatment Process in the oil and gas industry as well as water treatment, wastewater treatment, industrial treatment, environmental remediation, process treatment, and desalination and utility market sectors.
The GSS emerging technology will be applied on-site to treat hydraulic fracture flow back water (flow back) and produced water (PW) from oil and gas wells; the water can be re-used for oil and gas activities and other beneficial uses that would help conserve precious freshwater supplies and reduce impact to the environment by providing additional uses for flow back and PW that is currently disposed of as a wastewater product.
“Green and Sustainable Services is interested in the application of advanced and innovative emerging technology, so what once would have been considered wastewater can be treated, reclaimed and reused to benefit our communities and conserve our precious freshwater resources,” said Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Smith.
Green and Sustainable Services is located in Ponder, Texas.
The other finalists were Solar Logic and Terra 360 Recycling.
Community – IMAGE VISION LABS’ iGuardian solution is the first of its kind using visual recognition technology to scan, identify and intelligently categorize images or videos sent via internet or mobile devices. Used in wireless networks, iGuardian can offer mobile carriers the ability to detect and block unwanted content (nudity, gestures, copyright infringement, gang symbols, etc.) from text, photos and videos sent in real-time.
Depending on a parent’s wishes, the content can be quarantined or sent to a parental message box for further review by the plan holder or parent. Parents would have the option to release the message as is or end transmission before it can be received.
Co-founder Steve White said, “We looked all over the Web, but couldn’t find anything that offered a visual filter, so that became our mission.”
Image Vision Labs is located in Anna, Texas.
The other finalists were Smarty Ears and Geowhiz Universe.
Health – VITAL ART & SCIENCE, INC. (VAS) has developed an easy-to-use, home vision function monitor for those afflicted with degenerative eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) that afflict over 40 million people in the U.S. and Europe today.
During the past decade, new therapies have been developed for some of these degenerative eye diseases, but timely treatment is critical to their effectiveness. Most patients are unable to self-detect the renewed disease activity with the paper eye charts (Amsler Grid), which are today’s standard. There is a very large need for an easy, quick and accurate home test that patients can use on a weekly basis to monitor their disease progression.
Company President Mike Bartlett has more than 30 years of experience in the electronics industry and is responsible for bringing to market several hundred products.
Vital Art & Science is located in Richardson, Texas.
The other finalists were MedHab and Silicore.
Sponsors of the TECH Fort Worth Impact Awards included the Fort Worth Business Press,Sabre Holdings, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Lockheed-Martin, Studios 121, TCU Neeley School of Business, Texas Health Resources, HealthPoint, Staples, Charter Business, The Landscape Partners and others.
For more information about the IMPACT Awards please visit www.impactourworld.com.
TECH Fort Worth is a nonprofit technology incubator with offices at the James E. Guinn Complex in Fort Worth South and at the UNT Health Science Center’s Center for BioHealth. For more information, call Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, at (817) 339 8968, email her at Darlene@techfortworth.org or go to www.techfortworth.org.