Winners of IC&S Pitch Competition and Showcase Awards Announced

Monique Nolk, VP & WW Head of Alliances at HP presents the $10K HP Best in Show cash award to Stephane Smith, Co-Founder & CEO of Integrated Bionics

This year the Houston Technology Center and a supporting sponsors gave startups 50,000 reasons to up their game at the annual Innovation Conference & Showcase. Exhibiting companies and pitchers vied for over $50K in cash and in-kind prizes during the afternoon’s events.

71 Texas-based emerging technology startups competed for the $10,000 Best in Showcase award sponsored by Barbara & Paul Frison and an additional $7,000 In-Kind Best in Showcase award from WeWork. Exhibitors were judged on quality of display, disruptive potential of the technology, in-booth ‘pitch’, and likelihood of attracting customers/investors.

M-Trigen took home the Best in Showcase prizes for the tabletop exhibit presentation of their micro tri-generation system that produces on-site power, cooling and heat for commercial and residential customers. Judges included distinguished members from the entrepreneurial ecosystem; Mike Lowe, Chuck Powell, Hugh Sazegar, Jack Smyth, and Aruna Viswanathan.

Forty-two of the exhibiting companies took the stage and battled it out live in the inaugural IC&S Pitch Competition. Pitch judges Brad Burke, Richard Dixon, Hossam Elbadawy, Rich Johnson, and Sonia Mathur named winners from Energy, IT and Life Sciences sectors, and overall Best-in-Show Pitch.

Titan GPS Sensor scored big, winning the $10,000 HP Best in Show Pitch plus the $12,000 In-Kind Best in Show co-sponsored by Blue Lance, Reneka App Builders and Cyber Houston. Titan (Integrated Bionics) has developed the industry’s most advanced real-time, centimeter accuracy, GPS-based sensor providing collegiate and professional athletic teams with a competitive data advantage through real-time, ultra-high accuracy GPS data and video integration.

The $5,000 Accudata Best in Life Science award went to Noleus Technologies. Noleus has created a device that assists following abdominal surgery enabling faster return of bowel function, fewer complications, and earlier patient discharges.

PamBan Energy Systems took home the $5,000 Andrews Kurth Kenyon Best in Energy award, pitching their advanced technologies for enhanced oil recovery by improved sweep efficiencies in wells with declining production.

The ALLVAR Alloys team grabbed the $5,000 Accudata Best in IT award. ALLVAR is bringing the world’s first tunable thermal expansion alloys to market. The compensating ability of ALLVAR’s negative thermal expansion alloys will allow designers to achieve new levels of thermal stability and control across a wide array of industries and applications.

Congrats to all the winners and a big thanks to our judges and sponsors for the day. It couldn’t have happened without you!