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Christmas at the Tech Church

Tech Wildcatters will host a free Christmas party next Thursday, December 19 from 6 to 9 pm at the Tech Church.

Special guest speaker Fadi Bishara will lead the Wildcatter signature fireside chat as he shares his experiences of being an entrepreneur abroad.

Holiday sweaters are highly encouraged as well as bringing a Christmas gift donation for a child in need. All contributions will benefit families from the domestic violence outreach shelter, Women Called Moses.

Food and drinks will be provided. The Tech Church is located at 2700 Fairmount Street in Uptown Dallas.

To reserve your limited spot, visit EventBrite!

For holiday wardrobe inspiration, visit The Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop on Mockingbird, now open for the holiday season.

Applications Open for Tech Wildcatters

Start up accelerator program, Tech Wildcatters, has just announced applications are open for acceptance to the 2014 class.

The 12 week program will begin late February and run through May. Applications will close January 14 of next year.

Participants selected for this program will receive $25,000 in seed funding and access to a wealth of resources including mentorship and access to a wide board of investors.

Open office hours with Program Director, Stewart Youngblood will be held November 21st at the Tech Church in uptown Dallas. To book some time to ask questions and find out more, click here. The Tech Church is located at 2700 Fairmount Street.

To apply for the Tech Wildcatters 2014 Program, click here.

Mark Cuban Leads Investment in Validic

Mobile health app integration system recently funded by new round of investors, led by Mark Cuban.

Validic, a product of Motivation Science Inc which went through Tech Wildcatters last year, simplifies data collection from best-in-class mobile health apps and devices by deploying information through a single API.

Validic is a health behavior data pipeline that allows individuals to easily share their personal health data collected via mobile apps and devices with their insurer and their doctor.  From there, the data can be analyzed to improve the provider’s services without inducing additional costs to build and maintain a personal system of app connections.

Mark Cuban is the lead investor among other rounds of angel investors. The deal was closed at $760,000.

“Personalized health is the future of healthcare,” says Mark Cuban, “and with the explosive growth of new mobile apps and devices coming on the market, Validic solves a fundamental problem of integrating all those new innovations into the healthcare system. I’m very excited for the future of Validic and the mobile health space.”

The new funding will be used in a number of ways according to Cofounder Ryan Beckland.

“We are in the process of hiring about 15 people as we are growing extremely fast. We are essentially trying to scale up to meet the demand of the marketplace.”

Validic’s user base has grown from 2.2 million to 10 million in the last year and is projected to reach 20 million by early next year.

Currently Validic has over 80 apps and devices implemented into its system. It’s estimated that over 97 thousand mobile health apps exist and that number will reach one million by the end of this year.

With the newly gained funding, Validic plans to integrate hundreds more, as well as deploy new features.  The investment will also help to expand Validic’s customer base.

“We’re just trying to make sure everyone is taken care of, the data is readily usable, and it is simple for our customers to get access,” said Beckland.

Scribe Sense Simplifies Student Test Grading

Tech Wildcatters’ Scribe Sense is saving grading time for teachers and broadening the possibilities for automatically graded test questions.

Director Paul Abumov, once a teacher’s assistant, decided to make a change in grading technology after hours of work grading tests himself. His idea, selected by the Tech Wildcatters Program, shifted Scribe Sense into a reality and moved his team from California to fulfill their mission.

“I did a lot of grading and it didn’t really excite me. There I was, a human machine and thought ‘there has to be something for this ultimatum’ but there was nothing,” said Abumov.

When signing up for this service, teachers simply scan their test sheets with an answer key, followed by scanning completed student tests to be e-mailed to the Scribe Sense platform. From there, tests are automatically graded and results are sent back to the teacher.

Scribe Sense has produced a unique algorithm to include handwriting recognition in grading tests. This allows the platform to grade more than just fill-in bubbles. It can also analyze drawings. Currently, this algorithm is guaranteed 98 percent accurate.

“Right now, while the algorithm is still learning as we’re collecting more and more samples of students’ handwriting, there is still a human component. If something is really scribbled [and not picked up by the algorithm], the teacher has a choice to mark an answer right or wrong,” Abumov said.

The sign up process for Scribe Sense starts with an “ok” from a school’s principal. Teachers then train to learn how to use the system. Support is also given through a variety of video tutorials on the Scribe Sense website.

The cost for using Scribe Sense is competitive with other test grading companies. There is a flat subscription fee charged to ensure affordability for all.

Presently Scribe Sense is being used by a number of schools in Houston. Scribe Sense is also currently looking to be picked up by other schools for the spring semester of next year.

To find out more, visit the Scribe Sense website.


Win a Chance for FREE Trip to GROW Conference 2013 in Vancouver – 3 Spots Open

Super awesome opportunity for 3 DFW startups – get on it!



GROW Conference 2013 in Vancouver is an event that hosts hundreds of startups from across the country, giving them the chance to network amongst other founders, attend industry parties, and learn from panels of experts. 25-30 investment firms will be attending this conference! Check them out at www.growconf.com.

Through this contest, Tech Wildcatters, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Startup Texas are sending 3 lucky startups from Dallas to Vancouver to attend the GROW Conference. The 3 best startups from the DFW area will receive roundtrip airfare to Vancouver provided by American Airlines and conference ticket to the event August 14-15.


**See qualifications and details below**

* Must be based in the DFW Metroplex
* Must be able to attend the entire conference (Aug 14-15)
* 1-2 members can participate
* Must apply and be ready to pitch at the ‘SMACKDOWN’ contest (pitch event)
* Able to pay for own accommodations (lodging, meals, daily expenses)
* Describe the Dallas tech community in 140 characters by tweeting to @GROWconf!

* Up to two (2) Roundtrip airfare provided by American Airlines through Tech Wildcatters and Startup Texas will be provided for each company.
* One (1) Ticket to the conference will be provided for one member of each company (Lodging and daily costs are not accounted for.)
* A seat on the train for ‘GEEKS ON RAILS’ a networking transportation event happening on August 13th.
* The chance to participate in the ‘SMACKDOWN’ pitch contest

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: July 17th, at the dd:SOCIAL – The Digital DUMBO – Digital Dallas Launch Party dddallasdumbo.eventbrite.com/

Meet the Health Wildcatters

Seed accelerator program for health industry prepares for the inaugural fall season.

Stemming from the success of Tech Wildcatters, expectations are high for the initial Health Wildcatters class to graduate this November.

Twelve to fifteen different health-related start ups will receive up to $35,000 in seed investments and access to mentorship driven support to lift their companies off the ground in exchange for 8 percent equity. The program will be fulfilled by a pitch day to investors at the time of graduation.

Over thirty different investors have already pitched in, with many of them providing their mentorship and advice to the rising companies.

June 18 marks the first meet and greet at the Tech Wildcatters Church in Uptown Dallas. The event will overview the accelerator’s intentions, providing access to speak with the many mentors involved, and celebrating the innovation to come.

Applications for the program are still in progress while the final candidates will be announced in early August. Early applications, which will close June 20, have a higher chance for gaining a spot at the kick off pitch day for start up selection.

For more information or to register your company for potential selection, visit http://healthwildcatters.com/accelerate/ or to book your reservation at the meet and greet tomorrow, visit http://healthwildcatters-2013-06-18.eventbrite.com/

Tech Wildcatters Maintains Forbes Top 10 Incubator Ranking for 2nd Year

Dallas, let’s pause for a brief moment from slaving away on our startups and raise a celebratory glass.

For the second year in a row, Tech Wildcatters has made the list of Forbes’ Top 10 Incubators/Accelerators in the country. TW joins such prestigious programs as YCombinator and TechStars, amongst others.

Interestingly, Austin based Capital Factory has fallen out of the top 10.

Congratulations to Gabriella Draney, and everyone at Tech Wildcatters for their success, which certainly comes by virtue of the incredible amount of work they are putting into it.

I’m excited to see the continued growth of the Dallas startup ecosystem, and the success of Tech Wildcatters and the companies they help is a big piece of that.

So here’s to another year of amazing companies and continued success for Dallas!

Top 10 list via Forbes

Rank Incubator/
City Note
1 Y Combinator Mountain View, Calif. Dropbox and Airbnb are just the biggest names in portfolio. Investors fight to invest in YC companies at sky-high prices. Founded in 2005.
2 TechStars Boulder, Boston, New York, Seattle, San Antonio Founded in 2007, it has grown to five cities, but keeps batches small to give each startup extra attention. Has broader impact by helping other incubators.
3 DreamIt Ventures Philadelphia, New York, Israel Founded in 2008, it has programs in Philadelphia, New York and Israel, with 65 portfolio companies, including SCVNGR/Level Up.
4 AngelPad San Francisco Founded by seven ex-Googlers in 2010; hot portfolio, but too early to value many of the companies.
5 Launchpad LA Los Angeles Founded in 2009, 23 companies have gone through program, 19 have been funded, 5 acquired.
6 Excelerate Labs Chicago Founded in 2010, the firm has graduated 20 companies so far. Mentors include localGroupon investor Brad Keywell.
7 Kicklabs San Francisco Stage-agnostic accelerator focuses on helping startups close first deals with large brands and agencies.
8 500 Startups Mountain View, Calif. Founded in 2010. Also has seed fund in addition to incubator. Focus on startups from overseas as well as US.
9 TechNexus Chicago Doesn’t have time limits on companies it accepts. Invests in its companies on case-by-case basis. Founded in 2007.
10 Tech Wildcatters Dallas New incubator, but has some promising startups

*disclosure* – I’m the founder of Socialyzer, which is a company currently participating in the TW program

Startup Poker June 16

Startup Poker returns June 16 at Tech Wildcatters (Tech Church). And, this month’s event is also the official pre-party for Dallas Startup Weekend (June 17-19) so come meet some potential cofounders! 

RSVP here or contact Sean for more information.


MIT Enterprise Forum Hosts Startup BBQ on June 8

Wondering what your local congressman is doing to for Dallas startups? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Join MIT Enterprise Forum and US Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) for Startup BBQ on June 8 at Tech Wildcatters.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Price: $30 – MITEF Members, $40 – Tech Wildcatter Members and MIT Alumni, $50 General Public, $60 Membership & Entrance Combo Ticket

Location: TechWildcatters, 2700 Fairmount Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

RSVP: http://mitdfwjune2011event.eventbrite.com


Tech Wildcatters Partners with SoftLayer

Hosting provider SoftLayer has announced a partnership with Dallas-based startup incubator Tech Wildcatters.  SoftLayer will provide up to $1,000 per month of free hosting for 12 months to assist the startups in getting up and running. That amount can be applied to any of SoftLayer’s services, including cloud, dedicated or hybrid hosting.

Startups will also receive access to some of SoftLayer’s senior management. SoftLayer may use the startups’ experience for co-marketing such as white papers, case studies, testimonials, etc.

“We’re extremely pleased to join in the work Tech Wildcatters is doing,” says George Karidis, chief strategy officer for SoftLayer. “There is nothing more important to us than fostering the companies that will innovate all new applications and services, just as we have worked to transform our part of the technology industry. We look forward to watching the next Facebook and Google emerge and change everything all over again.”

Read the full press release here.