Recently, I attended the Longhorn Startup Demo Day at the University of Texas. It was a great event that showcased the best #startups from mostly undergraduate students at UT Austin. Some of these newbie companies showed real promise. Their potential to solve problems and make disruptions in their respective marketplaces was tangible.
One company in particular, Austin Thermal, has created an IV warming apparatus that can be operated and controlled with a mobile device. And, their IV warming device is completely portable, making its application in emergency medical situations almost endless.
There were others, 14 in all, that ranged from selling remaining live music event tickets the day of, to project management software that populates workflows from emails, to an app that helps you find your friends at a bar (never miss out on a free drink again!).
So what was the common thread in most, almost all, of these new budding #startups? The presence of a mobile app. Their product was either the mobile app itself, or the mobile app further enhanced their product, making it easier and more efficient to use.
In time, some of these companies might be a good fit for the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, #IBMGE. Events like Longhorn Startup Demo Day are great ways for IBMers in Austin to see the innovation coming out of our local universities.
This is such an amazing time to be an entrepreneur, so many opportunities. You can literally feel the potential for #startups to do great things.
Are you an entrepreneur with a great mobile solution? Check out what IBM is doing in the mobile space, IBM MobileFirst, then come to one of our mobile events at the IBM Innovation Center in Austin.