NewCo ATX News

July 26, 2016

J.P. Morgan Is Proud to Help Drive Innovation in Austin #NewCoATX

For over 120 years, J.P. Morgan has been helping businesses in Austin achieve their goals. We understand what makes this city so special, and we’re dedicated to fostering the growth and innovation that keeps Austin weird.

Austin’s innovation economy is one of the most thriving in the country. Whether it’s the innovation and new technology coming out of UT Austin or the influx of startups setting up shop here, the diversity and complexity of business opportunities in Austin make it one of the most exciting cities in America.

Our partnership with Capital Factory is special because it represents our shared goals of helping entrepreneurs learn together, work together and grow their companies. We’re proud to be a part of Austin’s diverse and thriving community, which is why we’re excited to sponsor NewCo and their mission to bring entrepreneurs together.

With over a century of experience helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses in Austin—and beyond—we’re incredibly excited to be a part of this year’s NewCo Austin.

To learn how we help technology companies drive success, contact Brent Bertino at brent.bertino@jpmorgan.com or by calling (512) 479-2775. You can also visit jpmorgan.com/cb/technology.

July 20, 2016

Good to Go! Transportation Tips for #NewCoATX

With NewCoATX right around the corner, now is the time to put the finishing touches on your schedule! This means finding the right route to take for each of your sessions. Have no fear, we’ve got a great variety of transportation options to get you to your sessions safely and on time. Fortunately, most NewCo sessions are within walking distance of downtown, and some host companies have even provided helpful parking guidelines in their session descriptions. For all other transportation needs, read our tips and tricks below!

NewCoATX Exclusive from car2go

If you’re in need of a vehicle to get to and fro, then car2go is the perfect option. car2go is one of NewCoATX’s Ridge Sponsors and our personal favorite way to get around town. car2go supplies an on-demand car share service and can be found all around Austin.

NewCo ATX participants are eligible to receive 30 free drive time minutes for the festival. New car2go users can simply enter promo code “CapitalFactory0030” by July 28th when registering. If you already have a car2go account and would like to receive this perk, please email Desmond@CapitalFactory.com. Please note that the 30 free drive time minutes will only be active starting July 26th and ending July 27th.

Parking Options

Planning on driving your own car? There is plenty of parking available. The Austin Centre parking garage, located at 7th & Brazos, charges $6 for the first hour, and $2 every additional 20 minutes. The St. David’s parking garage, located on 8th and San Jacinto, has similar parking rates. To see other options for downtown parking, check out this handy Downtown Parking Guide provided by the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Valet

Another parking alternative, Austin’s premiere parking service, Luxe will also be giving new participants a $20 credit for their on-demand valet service, when using code “CF16” on their app.

Bike

Don’t drive? One of our host companies, Austin B-Cycle, is offering 50% off Walk Up 24 hour access to our network of downtown bike share stations for NewCoATX festival registrants. On the days of the NewCoATX Conference (July 26-27, 2016), walk up to any B-cycle station, select “Buy $8 Pass”, and enter the promo code 63926289 when prompted. Your pass gives you unlimited trips of 30 minutes or less to and from any Austin B-cycle station. Additional fees on individual trips longer than 30 minutes still apply.

Public Transit

Another great option is to use Austin’s public transportation. There are different options depending on your needs, you can hop on the Metro Bus or even take the Metro Rail. Click here to plan your trip!

Ridesharing/TNC’s

Even though Uber and Lyft are no longer in Austin, other local startups have taken over the reigns. If ridesharing is something you’re interested in, be sure to check out these awesome apps to get around during NewCoATX:

No matter if you are driving, biking, or walking, there are so many ways to get around #ATX!

 

July 18, 2016

See How Women Are Driving Impact in Austin at #NewCoATX

Women in the Austin business community are breaking through glass ceilings and dominating the startup scene. NewCo ATX is so proud to partner with some amazing NewCos founded by strong, independent ladies. Make sure to check out these NewCo sessions lead by female CEOs:

 

Raven + Lily

Speaker: Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder

Raven + Lily is a NewCo where fashion meets social good. This ethical fashion and lifestyle brand is dedicated to empowering women through design. Raven + Lily currently partners with over 1,500 women in nine countries who come from at-risk backgrounds. These women are talented artisans seeking to improve their livelihood and break the cycle of poverty. When customers purchase one of Raven + Lily’s  handcrafted apparel, jewelry, accessories, gifts or home décor, they help provide dignity to the women artisans through fair trade, sustainable employment.

During their NewCo session, Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder of Raven + Lily, will share stories of women from around the world whose lives have changed because of sustainable income opportunities through Raven + Lily. She will explain why the impact business model is the most fashionable trend in the business world.

 

Real HQ

Speaker: Courtney Powell, CEO

Real HQ builds things that make buying and selling homes better a better experience. Their first creation, Agent Pronto, is a service that helps home buyers and sellers find awesome real estate agents in their area. This company believes how you look or where you live does not define how you work, encourages a sense of adventure and provides opportunities to travel.  Real HQers are especially passionate about fostering a culture and brand that is friendly, approachable and fun. This NewCo has taken a different path than many startups, bootstrapping their way to profitability and becoming the largest real estate agent referrals service in the United States and Canada.

Real HQ’s CEO, Courtney Powell, will discuss in her NewCo session the tools the company uses to stay on task and the culture initiatives that keep them feeling like a family, even though they’re miles apart. Courtney will explain how you can build company culture, camaraderie, and ensure projects move forward when you have 40+ employees spread across 16 states?

 

Haven

Speaker: Liz Deering, ceo/founder

Haven is a community of women, the fearless dreamers among us. This NewCo represents a wide variety of ages and backgrounds which have been tied together by dreams to bring positive change to neighborhoods and networks. Haven brings together experts in business, empowerment, mindfulness and health to keep clients energized along their journey. The focus at Haven is not about churning out new businesses, although they empower that, it’s about supporting the whole woman and her career in social impact. Haven was created out of the demand for a nourishing collaboration-based support system for women social entrepreneurs in Austin. Their donation-based membership empowers anyone to join, and pursue their social impact vision.

We asked Haven CEO, Liz Deering, why she loves Austin and we love her answer! She said, “I’ve lived in Austin for 7 years and have always found people so willing to make introductions and support me. This is in part what gives me encouragement that Haven will become the support network I envision, I’ve already seen dozens of business owners and successful professionals offering to give back by mentoring or teaching at Haven events.”

At NewCo ATX, Haven will host a back-yard showcase, featuring stories from members of both Haven and Youvolution. They will take a look inside the real experiences these entrepreneurs have had, and their dreams for their ventures here in Austin. They will break down the real challenges that come with creating self-sustaining social impact. You’ll also get a chance to hear from Liz Deering and Ben Gibson, the Founders of Haven and Youvolution, as they share their stories as social entrepreneurs in Austin.

Weeva

Speaker: Kim Gorsuch, CEO

Weeva is on a mission to create more meaning and connection in people’s lives through the power of collaborative storytelling. They do this by helping clients make amazing keepsake books without all the hard work. Using the Weeva platform, customers can create online book project where they can write, save and organize the stories and pictures. Next, they can invite family and friends to the project so they can add their own memories and pictures. With everyone contributing, client can quickly have all the stories and photos they want and need to create a personalized keepsake book. This NewCo hopes to use their platform to shows people the ways in which their lives matter through the eyes of those who know and love them best.

In their NewCo session, titled “In Their Words – The Power of Collaborative Storytelling”, Kim Gorsuch, CEO of Weeva, will show you how “culture forward” companies engage employees, customers and partners to capture and celebrate the gems of business storytelling.

 

 

Bizologie

Speaker: Laura Young, CEO

“It’s not very common to see librarians become entrepreneurs. We saw a need for accessible, authoritative, custom business research as an outsourced service and built our company around the unique due diligence skills we developed as researchers at Austin Ventures.”- Laura Young

Bizologie is a full-service, outsourced business research solution providing economic, financial, company and market data. This NewCo can help your organization grow smarter by solving your business information questions in a flexible, cost-effective way.All the researchers at this company have masters degrees in Information Studies and years of experience locating hard-to-find data.  As an outsourced business research firm, Bizologie make high-quality, authoritative financial and market data accessible and affordable to any organization. This data is sourced from licensed resources that provide deep insight in the form of investment bank reports, market studies, competitive landscapes, acquisition details and lots of other things you won’t find freely available online, all synthesized into a customized report you can share with your team.

At NewCo ATX, Laura Young will explain “what is competitive intelligence” and answer “why does your business need it?” Bizologie will be presenting free, authoritative resources you can use to improve your positioning, beef up your pitch deck and make critical business growth decisions in any stage of your company.

 

We are so excited to hear these wonderful ladies present at NewCo ATX!

 

July 13, 2016

Austin Based Intrapreneurship at #NewCoATX

Indeed.com, the #1 job site worldwide is based in Austin, TX.  As the number of new products expand, the rollout of the “intrapreneur” model within the company has been critical to growth.  One example of this model is Indeed Prime, operating as a startup within Indeed. As there continues to be a shortage of in-demand tech talent, Prime has addressed this market opportunity by matching the most qualified talent to top companies.

As more tech workers indicate a preference for working in larger companies, retaining and growing this talent through the intrapreneur model is a common trend. A recent survey from Indeed Prime on tech talent and Silicon valley indicated “88% of tech workers intend to leave their present employer for another job opportunity in the future.”

Operating as a startup, Prime is free to set its own culture, stack, and processes. Unlike a traditional startup, Prime is housed within an established global company and benefits from significant infrastructural and informational gains, such as accessing Indeed’s collection of the largest set of jobseeker/employer data in the world. Join us as Shu Wu discusses Indeed’s challenges and successes in adopting the intrapreneur model.  Learn more about how Indeed Prime can help you with hiring needs.

Sign up for Indeed Prime’s #NewCoATX session happening on Wednesday, July 27th from 9:30am – 10:30am at Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, 16th Floor.

July 11, 2016

Explore the World of Non-Profits at NewCoATX

Corporate powerhouses might make the muscle of Austin’s economy, but nonprofit organizations are the heart of this city. The business leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers of Austin’s nonprofits are passionate about making their local community, and the world a better place. At NewCoATX, learn about Austin’s most innovative nonprofits, their core values and how they are taking action to improve the city.

 

Kick off NewCoATX with a unique fireside chat hosted by a game-changing group of local tech leaders from the Entrepreneurs Foundation. The Entrepreneurs Foundation, who are based out of Capital Factory, are passionate about entrepreneurship. They help entrepreneurs build successful corporate cultures, which contribute to their performance and the communities in which they operate.

Entrepreneur Foundation’s session will showcase local tech companies that are finding original ways to engage in their community, and using it as a tool to excel in the workplace. Some of the companies you can expect to hear about are WPEngine, uShip, and Silicon Labs to name a few. Get ready for a rapid-fire Q&A on how giving back and getting involved in the community is good for business.

Tuesday, 12:30pm – Entrepreneurs Foundation

Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St. #1600

 

From there, head over to the Notley Ventures session to learn how this company is helping innovators scale disruptive change and encourage positive social impact. Notley builds sustainable and scalable businesses and nonprofits that create positive change in people’s lives. Rather than focusing on a specific issue, sector or geography, Notley instead seeks out creative, new approaches to old problems. By recognizing that no two entrepreneurs or leaders face the same challenges, they are able to figure out the key levers for growth. They can provide a structure of support that is tailored to an organization’s individual needs. Notley believes that collaboration is the key to success, and strive to bring together diverse partners.

Their session at NewCo will cover Notley Ventures’ approach to building a network of entrepreneurs and leaders, providing financial capital, operational support and mentorship, and launching innovative initiatives that bring the public sector and business together. Check out this session to hear from individuals who have the passion, tenacity, and brilliance to challenge the status quo. Learn how investing in these people can change the world.

Tuesday, 5pm – Notley Ventures

Location: Notley Ventures, 1408 E 13th Street

 

Know what it takes to build a “welcoming city?” Start your second day of NewCo exploration with Austin Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. This organization focuses exclusively on Austin, but consists of a worldwide network of promising young leaders. The leaders of Global Shapers want to utilize  their achievements and entrepreneurial drive positively contribute their communities. This nonprofit aims to amplify the voice of millennials and contribute to meaningful impact in the local Austin community. Austin Shapers does this through innovative research, programs and initiatives that transform our city to be more diverse and inclusive.

Come get a sneak peek at their “Welcoming City” project, whereby using data and analytics they were able to quantify and qualify Austin’s capacity and current efforts in being a welcoming city to all. After assessing quality of life, cultural inclusion and affordability, the Austin Shapers are ready to present their findings on affordable housing and give NewCo attendees a first glimpse at their data before being shared publicly!

Wednesday, 11am – Austin Shapers

Location: Austin Shapers, 1818 E. 12th Street

 

Next, bike over to Austin B-cycle, where attendees will learn about a nonprofit that has been key player in helping Austin face its mobility challenges and improving the general health of its citizens. You may have seen these red bikes all over the city by now, but until now, have been unaware of their background. AAA estimates nearly 70 percent of bicycle trips locals take are 2 miles or less. Most adults can easily cover bike this distance as fast or even faster, than a car, especially when factoring in traffic and parking time. Austin B-cycle effectively expands the range of walking by 2-3 times. Their bike share system makes taking short bike trips accessible and affordable.

Join Austin B-Cycle’s Executive Director, Elliott McFadden, as he explains how they have set national ridership and financial records. Also learn about what they are doing to deploy new technology, offer new payment options, and integrate with other disruptive technology transportation services. Find out why bike sharing has become such a popular craze in the last 5 years. Attendees will even get complimentary access to their 50-station system for the day!

Wednesday, 12:30pm – Austin B-Cycle

Location: Austin B-Cycle, 1000 Brazos Street, Suite 100

 

July 7, 2016

SoftServe is proud to sponsor #NewCoATX!

Leading technology solutions company SoftServe specializes in software product and application development and services. Since 1993, this innovative company has been partnering with organizations from startups to large enterprises to help them accelerate growth and innovation, transform operational efficiency, and deliver new products to market. To achieve this, this global company headquartered in Austin has built a strong team of the brightest, most inquiring minds in the industry, and form close, collaborative, trusting relationships with clients, so they can really understand their needs, and deliver intuitive software that exceeds their expectations and drives their success. Their experience stretches from Big Data/Analytics, Cloud, Security and UX Design to the Internet of Things, Digital Health and Digital Transformation. With 29 offices across the globe and clients in over 12 countries, SoftServe measure our success by our clients’ success.

We asked Brian Borack, COO of SoftServe why he chose to make Austin the homebase of this amazing company. We love his answer:

“The Austin area has a strong business and tech presence, which is growing at an amazingly fast rate, hence the need for a strong network of reliable technology partners to support this growth. As a 4000+ strong technology solutions company with over 20 years global experience, SoftServe has enabled over 45 businesses in the Austin area to accelerate growth and innovation, transform operational efficiency, and deliver new products to market, completing more than 500 projects for companies such as Cloudera, Zilliant, and many others. As the concentration of clients in the area grew rapidly it made perfect sense to move our USA Headquarters to Austin in 2014 to facilitate more efficient and effective interaction with our clients here. And it’s proved to be an excellent decision – we enjoy being in the center of the Austin tech scene with its lively events, meetups, and numerous business opportunities. In fact, to accommodate our continuing growth, we will be moving our office to larger premises this autumn.”

To learn more about SoftServe, read about how they are helping OBH Use Big Data and Analytics to Measure Health in Diabetes and how they are Building Analytics in the Cloud Solution for Yottaa. We cannot be happier to be partners with such an awesome Austin company!

 

July 5, 2016

NewCos That Are Changing the Way We Think About Health

HealthTech is one the fastest growing industries in Austin, and in the world right now. In fact, according to Forbes, HealthTech is expected to be the most profitable industry in 2016, with a 21.6% net profit margin. It is such an exciting time to be a healthcare NewCo and we are so excited to have Austin’s most innovative healthcare companies showcasing their newest projects at #NewCoATX. Here are some of the Austin NewCos that are changing the way we think about health:

 

AnatoMotion:

AnatoMotion is pioneering technology that assist dentists in treating bite dysfunction. AnatoMotion’s dental motion analysis technologies are allowing dentists to analyze function and choose a bite position with objective data, thus solving issues such as sleep apnea, grinding teeth and TMJ. Founded by a successful third-generation Austin dentist, this startup has built an experienced leadership team and formed strategic partnerships with some of the most well-known companies in the semiconductor and MEMS spaces.

In their NewCoATX session “Taking the Bite Out of a Startup,” Shane Matt, CEO and Founder of AnatoMotion, will introduce the IoT technology that will help catalyze a dental evolution and explain how these technologies can be used in any startup.

Presentation Location: 211 SAN ANTONIO ST.

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 27th

 

Crux Climbing Center:

Austin’s newest climbing gym, Crux Climbing Center, wants to build a premier hub where climbers can perfect their craft and gather as a community. The ongoing mission of Crux is to offer everything that a traditional climbing gym does… only better. Matt and Kevin, the founders of Crux Climbing Center, took standard climbing and bouldering gym concepts and improved on them, adding 24-hour access to caves, music plug-in capability, charging stations throughout the gym, lounge spaces with AstroTurf, a top-notch retail area and cuting-edge climbing technologies, such as automated terrain that can be reconfigured.

We asked Kevin why he was excited about NewCo and he answered that, “I’m excited to share my story with other aspiring entrepreneurs. It has been one hell of a journey, and NewCo gives me a platform to share my story.” He continues that, “The name of my business is Crux Climbing Center and the most important word is Center. For too long gyms have been a place to plug in your headphones and lift heavy weights, but I’ve found a way to combine fitness and community unlike many businesses before me. I truly believe our model is something to follow and will be the new standard for the future of fitness in Austin and the world.”

The founders of Crux will be giving a presentation and tour of their space during NewCoATX. The Crux session, “New Generation of Fitness,” will delve into what the fitness facility industry used to look like, where it is headed, and why facilities like Crux are becoming the new face of fitness. According to Kevin, attendees, “are in store for a story of trials and tribulations, as well as my view of where the fitness industry is heading. I believe Crux is at the forefront of a fitness revolution, and I’d like to share why I feel that way.”

Presentation Location: 121 Pickle Rd. Ste 100

Presentation Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm, July 26th

 

Fitppl:

We asked the founder of Fitppl to share with us why he is excited about NewCo and what his session will be about. We love his answer!

“I had two motivating factors for starting fitppl: passion and purpose. I believe that there must be true passion driving your life’s work. I also believe that, as well as providing quality products to customers, a responsible company must serve the best interests of the its customers as well as the community and environment at large.

I have always been interested in starting a company reflecting these core beliefs, but it took considerable amounts of time and effort to work out both a winning line of products and company philosophy. Living an active, healthy lifestyle has always been a passion of mine. Doing so has kept me mentally sharp and provided me with the stamina to experience some memorable journeys around the world. I actually began observing the health and fitness industry in my early teen years. Much of that existing industry is based upon a common, one-dimensional, cut-and-copy marketing approach; focusing mainly upon the aesthetics of “fit.” My goal is to redefine the industry standard of fit and showcase the adventures, experiences, travels, or activities a healthy lifestyle can offer.

My personal interest in reducing and (hopefully) eventually eliminating environmental pollution is how fitppl’s underlying “Ditch The Plastic” initiative came about. What ultimately launched me on my personal mission was witnessing firsthand the catastrophic plastic pollution during my travels in Thailand. The degree of man-made pollution present in what used to be a pristine ocean environment was, quite simply, shocking to see. That trip to Thailand took my thinking to the next level: from a company I wanted to start to something I had to start.

Luckily for me, my home town of Austin proved to be the perfect city to launch fitppl. The community has been immensely supportive of the fitppl mission from the start. NewCo provides an exciting opportunity to share fitppl’s mission with like-minded individuals and companies who understand the importance of social entrepreneurship. The session will be an informative and entertaining display of how fitppl’s philosophy was cultivated, accompanied by some of my travel photography and cinematography which captured these pivotal moments. Attendees will learn about our Ditch The Plastic initiative and I’ll share some very interesting and eye-opening facts. At the end, I’ll host a tasting of our delicious products with a Q&A session, and send attendees off with some new insight (and some goodies!)”

Presentation Location: Capital Factory 701 Brazos St. #1600

Presentation Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, July 26th

 

Nixable:

Nixable is giving people the power to beat nicotine addiction. The company’s first product, Nix, is the world’s only programmable, dynamic-dosing, nicotine inhaler designed to gradually wean users off nicotine.

Join Nixable’s cofounder, Caleb Smith, during “Hacking Addiction,” as he shares how his father’s struggle to quit smoking, and subsequent diagnosis with throat cancer, spurred Smith to leave a promising career in film to invent a completely new technology based on all-consuming idea: What if nicotine addiction could be hacked? Can quitting smoking be automated?

NewCo attendees will then be invited to join a moderated group discussion:

The FDA recently passed a ruling regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems (specifically, electronic cigarettes) with the intention of safeguarding consumers. However, opponents of the new regulations claim that they may actually harm consumers by creating insurmountable barriers to innovation. How can governments and technology companies best work together to encourage innovation while ensuring the public safety?

Presentation Location: Capital Factory 701 Brazos St. #1600

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 27th

 

Cloud 9:

Cloud 9 deeply cares about making mental healthcare approachable, affordable and available to all. They believe the best path to mentally healthy populations begins by delivering innovative solutions to support leading behavioral health providers and organizations. Cloud 9’s these solution through their mobile application that helps hospitals and other healthcare organizations provide more mental health services to more patients through a unique combination of patient assessments, video talk therapy and behavior tracking.

During their session, “The Future of Mental Healthcare,” JC Adams,  CEO and founder of Cloud 9, will analyze the industry’s major underlying problems and what immediate innovative solutions are being developed. He will also explore how further innovations can improve the human mind individually and at the societal level.

Presentation Location: Capital Factory 701 Brazos St. #1600

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 26th
We are so excited to learn talk with these NewCos, meet these amazing founders, and learn about the future of health!

 

June 27, 2016

NewCoATX FAQs

What is NewCo?

NewCo is an international business festival that celebrates businesses on a mission. Festival lineups are comprised of Host Companies, who open their doors to share their mission, company culture, latest projects, and more with NewCo attendees. NewCo is changing the way we think about business conferences by using the city landscape as a venue, hosting interactive sessions that allow participants to directly connect with the city’s most innovative CEOs and founders. As technology undergoes the greatest transition since the Industrial Revolution – a shift that transcends beyond profit, toward purpose-driven business – NewCo brings audiences the stories that shape business, politics, and culture.

 

Where is NewCoATX?

NewCoATX is happening all over the city of Austin. To see the locations of all our participating host companies, check out our interactive map!

 

How many companies will be at NewCo?

NewCoATX will have over 90+ participating companies. See our complete lineup of host companies here.

 

Where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets on our website, just click “Get Your Tickets”.

How do I know my schedule?

To create your schedule, you must first buy tickets to NewCoATX. Once purchased, you can start picking your sessions by clicking the small white circle next to the individual session name. By selecting your sessions, you will be automatically registered to attend. Our website will automatically save your profile information so you can view your schedule at any time. Feel free to update your profile with an image.

For anyone who purchases a Gold Ticket, that includes the Meetup Celebration, you must add the meetup to your schedule, it will not be automatically be added for you.

Similarly, if you purchased a Platinum Ticket, that includes the VIP Kickoff as well as the Meetup Celebration, and you must add each of them to your schedule individually.  Both events have limited capacity.

Can I volunteer at NewCo?

Yes! Sign up to volunteer here. To participate in the volunteer Ambassador Program you must commit to a minimum of two sessions. 3 sessions per day is the MAXIMUM, because you must arrive 30 minutes before the session starts.

Benefits of volunteering at NewCo include:

  • Invitation to attend the VIP Kickoff and Meetup Party at the end of the event.
  • Ability to sign up to attend other NewCoATX Sessions that have availability and that do not interfere with your Ambassador duties (please note that you cannot attend a session right before one that you are scheduled to volunteer, since you need to arrive 30 minutes before the official start time for your volunteer shift…this also means that you should not volunteer for sessions back to back.
  • T-Shirt + Swag
  • Lots of fun and the opportunity to meet great, like-minded professionals and get to know innovative companies from an “insider’s” perspective.

 

Can I get a refund for my ticket?

Once a ticket has been purchased, if a refund is required, there will be a 10% service charge deducted from the initial purchase price. This fee applies to any refund, for any reason, until 31 days before the festival’s opening day. If a ticket holder requires a refund with less than 31 days, but not less than 14 days before the festival’s opening date, there will be a 25% service charge deducted from the initial purchase price. There are no refunds available for cancellations occurring less than 14 days before a festival’s opening day, if the ticket was purchased more than 14 days early. If, however, a ticket is purchased within the 14 day window, then a refund can be processed if it’s requested within 48 hours of the purchase.

What should I wear?

We encourage participants to dress casually, but appropriately for a business setting. You never know who you will be meeting at a NewCo session! If you plan on attending multiple sessions, make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Will there be food and drinks at the sessions?

Host companies are encouraged, but not required, to have food and drinks available, so this will vary by session.

Will there be parking available for NewCo?

Parking will also vary by company. If you will be attending a downtown session, please plan accordingly. Parking downtown can often be expensive and hard to find.

Is there anything else I should bring?

Of course, make sure to bring your ticket. If you would like to network at NewCo, make sure to bring your business cards and/or resume.

More Questions?

Take a look at the general NewCo FAQ or feel free to email samantha@newco.co with any questions!

 

June 23, 2016

NewCos That Are Saving Mother Nature

Austin is known not only for its large population of techies, but also for its large population of hippies! These two groups have combined forces to save the earth and change the world. At NewCoATX, three of Austin’s coolest green organizations will open their doors to share how they are making a more sustainable present to create a better future. Read more about them all below, and don’t forget to sign up for their sessions!
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Hill Country Conservancy:

Hill Country Conservancy marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come. This organization has been working to create the first regional trail system in Central Texas. Once complete the 30-mile Violet Crown Trail will provide a unique recreational experience as it passes through the urban wildlands of the Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the City of Sunset Valley, and eventually into Hays County. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and public parks. Passing near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Violet Crown Trail will head south, winding through the rolling countryside of the City of Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands in a uniquely natural setting. The Violet Crown Trail represents the greater vision of Hill Country Conservancy’s work to get people out on the land. Users will have the opportunity to experience conservation lands like never before – surrounded by wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.

 

In their NewCo session, titled “Connecting Communities to Nature: The Violet Crown Trail,” George Cofer, Executive Director of HCC, will explore how the Violet Crown Trail will cultivate a spirit of environmentalism and engagement with local nature. This type of eco-activism is becoming especially important due to Austin’s growing population of transplants, who may not have the understanding of how to take care of Texas’s unique landscape.

 

Presentation Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos

Presentation Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm, July 26th
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Hungry Planet Technology

 

Hungry Planet Technology (HPT) believes that, “modern agriculture is failing us in every way possible. Crops are less nutritious, treated with chemicals, tended by exploited migrant workers, consume 80% of potable water, and have a carbon footprint equal to the transportation sector. This is unsustainable. In contrast, indoor farming grows more nutritious crops, uses a fraction of the resources, no chemicals, relies on no petroleum, and is tended to by a new generation of farmers who are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.” That is why Hungry Planet Technology wants to catalyze an agricultural transformation. This green company is going to “light the future of food” by manufacturing intelligent LED lighting and automation equipment in order to grow the healthiest, freshest crops indoors near dense urban populations.

 

HPT’s intelligent lighting uses bio-sensors to monitor and record plant physiology and then makes corresponding adjustments to all of the environmental inputs of indoor farming, including light spectrum, duration, temperature, fertilizer regiment, ambient CO2 levels, and much more. The light ‘learns’ over time  what ideal combination of resources are required to optimize the growth and qualitative characteristics of each crop. In their NewCo session, “The Coming ‘Solid State’ Transformation of Farming, HPT will discuss how they are applying optoelectronics (LEDs), microelectronics, and machine learning to transform our food system, slash the consumption of water and fertilizer, eliminate toxic pesticides, rid farming of fossil fuels, cut farming’s massive carbon footprint, and feed an increasingly hungry planet.

 

Presentation Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos

Presentation Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, July 27th

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Juice Society:

 

At Juice Society, they are big-time believers in the idea that maintaining a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t have to be hard, stressful or time-consuming. Their cold-pressed juices, packed with pounds of local, organic produce, are a simple way to get your body and mind back on track…and keep them there. Juice Society is committed to providing easy access to high quality, organic, locally focused juice and food. With the recent purchase of their own farm we will be one of a few companies the country to source directly from our farm.

 

During their NewCo session, “Vertically Integrated: How Juice Society Is Bringing ‘Seed to Bottle’ to Life And Changing The Conversation About Health,” Juice Society’s founder, Danielle Sobel, for a conversation on starting a business at 24 years old and why she wants to change the way we talk about health and wellness. With the recent purchase of her 6.5 acre farm, she will also discuss her plans to bring the ‘Seed to Bottle’ concept to life and why sustainability, community and connection to our food are at the forefront of the Juice Society brand. Bonus: you’ll get to sip and snack on a bunch of her plant-based creations!

 

Presentation Location: 1100 South Lamar

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 26th

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We cannot wait to see what these green NewCos have in store!

 

June 20, 2016

How to Maximize Your NewCoATX Experience

With over 90+ companies hosting sessions throughout the city, the possibilities of who to see are endless! However, with so many options, scheduling can become complex and overwhelming. But have no fear, Sched is here! We are working with the fabulous team at Sched.org to help you easily navigate our lineup of sessions and maximize your NewCo experience.

Here is your step-by-step guide on how to buy your tickets and start building your custom schedule:

  1. Head to our website and click on the “Get Your Tickets” button to buy your NewCoATX tickets.
  2. Take a look at the NewCoATX schedule here to read about our Host Companies and their sessions.
  3. Learn about session presenters under the “Presenters” tab on the schedule.
  1. Check out the NewCo schedule in “Simple” or “Grid” form to see sessions organized by time.
  2. Take a look at the NewCo HostCo interactive map and the NewCo schedule in “By Venue” form to see sessions organized by location.
  1. All NewCo sessions are color coded by category, with the color key listed on the right side of the NewCo Schedule. Click on the different colors to see sessions organized by category.
  2. Once you pick your favorites sessions, create your NewCoATX schedule by clicking the small white circle next to the individual session names. By selecting your sessions, you will be automatically registered to attend these sessions.
  3. See who else will be attending NewCoATX by clicking the “Attendees” tab of the schedule.
  4. Tell your friends how excited you are to attend #NewCoATX! Like NewCo Global’s Facebook page and follow the @NewCoATX Twitter for all our latest news and updates!

Wasn’t that easy? You are now ready to go learn about Austin’s best and brightest companies. We cannot wait to see you in July!

June 15, 2016

6 NewCos You Need to Know About

Austin is the new black. This once hippies-with-guns-type of town is transforming into the geographic apex of all things innovation. Some of the world’s most advanced, mission-driven and cool companies have chosen to call Austin their home, and on July 26th and 27th, over 90 of these businesses will open their doors to host one-hour sessions to share their stories of the past and their visions for the future.

NewCo ATX’s lineup of host companies include the international powerhouses Amazon and Google, but also game-changing organizations you may have never heard of… until now.

Here are 6 NewCos You Need to Know About:

 

On Vinyl Media:

The kids at On Vinyl Media are definitely the coolest kids on the block. This Austin-based music and art collective is operated by a dedicated team of millennial writers, artists and musicians with a passion for keeping Austin weird. On Vinyl’s online magazine is becoming Austin’s go-to guide for keeping up with the ever-changing music and art scene of the Live Music Capital. On Vinyl’s NewCo session will showcase the company’s mission to unify the global and local music community, while sustaining a culture of divergence, and explore how young entrepreneurs are shaping not only art in Austin, but the art world at large.

Presentation Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 27th

Website: atxonrecord.com

 

The Dumpster Project:

Everyone has heard the phrase “Your home is a dump,” but what would happen if your home was actually a dump- no metaphors, literally a dump? The Dumpster Project is investigating how you can transform an ordinary dumpster into a happy, healthy home.

The dumpster house is a re-imagining of the traditional home, a portable learning initiative, a sustainability conversation, and an innovative STEM education platform. The Dumpster Project will host a session at the Dumpster, located on the Huston-Tillotson campus in east Austin. The session will include a tour of the space and a discussion the critical issues facing both the local and global community regarding sustainability, health, education, and diversity.

 

Presentation Location: 900 Chicon St.

Presentation Time: 9:30am – 10:30am, July 27th

Website: dumpsterproject.org

 

TeVido BioDevices:

TeVido BioDevices is a biotechnology company using 3D bio-printing of a woman’s own living cells in order to build custom grafts for breast cancer reconstruction. Their current project is targeted to improve nipple reconstruction, and later, fill lumpectomies and other fat grafting needs. In their NewCo session, Laura Bosworth, CEO of TeVido BioDevices, will share her thoughts on current medical capabilities, such as 3D bioprinting, and what the future of biomedical technology may hold.

Presentation Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, July 27th

Website: tevidobiodevices.com

 

121Giving:

121Giving is making philosophy tangible and transparent. 121 Giving unites charities, brands, and online donors through an online crowd-funding experience, where donors can see when, where and why their donations are being spent. At NewCo ATX, 121Giving will host a session entitled, “How Social Good, Cost Savings & Transparency Are Converging in the New [Era] Cycle of Social Responsibility.” This discussion from Mark Courtney, Founder & CEO of 121Giving, will educate NewCo visitors on how they can get embed philanthropy into their business models, regardless of their company’s size or mission, and discuss how Austin-based organizations can take a new approach to CSR in order to bolster their brand awareness, grow their margins, and drive social impact all at the same time.

Presentation Location: 1818 East 12th St.

Presentation Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, July 27th

Website: 121giving.com/splash.html

 

Lifesize:

Lifesize is taking the meeting experience to a new level. Through a unique integration of plug-and-play HD camera systems and HD phones and easy-to-use cloud-based conferencing software, Lifesize communication technologies are connecting people anywhere, anything, from any device. Craig Malloy, founder and CEO of Lifesize, will give a session at NewCo ATX called, “The Leaders’ Choice during Change: The Devil or the Deep Blue Sea.” In this discussion, Malloy will explain how leaders should handle the prospect of change and  the four central lessons that Malloy learned while navigating Lifesize through its “evolve-or-die” moment.

Presentation Location: 1601 S. MoPac Expy, Suite 100

Presentation Time: 9:30am – 10:30am, July 27th

Website: www.lifesize.com

 

argodesign:

Argodesign is a company on a quest. Like the band of Argonauts in Greek Mythology that inspired the company’s name, the argodesign band of designers have a vision that is going to shape the future. During NewCo ATX, argodesign team will open their office doors and curate an interactive discussion delving into the concept of “smart dumb things,” the idea of bringing ordinary objects to life through technology. In this session, argodesign founders Mark Rolston and Jared Ficklin explain how by looking beyond screens, and instead looking to everything in our surrounding environment, we can deliver the virtues of computing without the overhead of computers and thus usher in a better, more naturalistic style of interaction with technology. After getting an introduction to the concept, participants will have the opportunity to experience “smart dumb things” firsthand across a series of activations and demonstrations set up throughout argo’s office.

Presentation Location: 2901 South 1st St.

Presentation Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, July 27th

Website: www.argodesign.com

 

We are so excited to have these amazing companies at NewCo ATX! Check out the schedule for more session info on these NewCos, plus dozens of other NewCos.

 

Press Release: NEWCO SCHEDULE RELEASE

NewCo Celebrates the Latest in Austin’s Visionary Business Community, Connects Participants with the Organizations Positively Transforming Business and Culture.

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 31, 2016 – On July 26th and 27th, NewCo returns to Austin for its second year. The annual business festival will showcase the latest trends in the city’s fastest growing industries, including technology, education, social good and sustainability. Thanks to a record turnout from Austin’s business community, this year’s festival has been expanded to two days.

Drawn by Austin’s booming tech and music industries, hundreds continue to move to Austin every day. As the city’s population continues to grow, so do its industries, particularly mobility, technology and social good entrepreneurship.

“Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and also one of the best places for startups and innovation. People in Austin are driven by a sense of purpose within their work.  They seek to answer ‘Why?’ their work is valuable. NewCo Austin uncovers and celebrates that ‘Why’, highlighting the city’s very best mission driven organizations,” said Joshua Baer, Executive Director of Capital Factory, NewCo’s affiliate partner in Austin.

NewCo ATX will showcase the most cutting edge companies that call Austin home. “Austin inspires the world, serving as a site for the exchange of creative ideas, not just during its world-famous events, like SXSW and Austin City Limits, but also year round, through the work of local organizations like Capital Factory, Entrepreneurs Foundation, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce,” said NewCo’s Chief Evangelist and co-founder Brian Monahan. “NewCo’s mission is to identify and celebrate new kinds of companies big and small, creating positive change in how they work, what they create in the world, and who they are as citizens of their community. That is exactly the type of energy driving Austin today.”

NewCo identifies and connects the engines of positive change in our society, celebrating “business on a mission” through festivals and media. NewCo Festivals are inspiring “un-conferences,” which highlight mission-driven, innovative organizations that are changing their industry, community, and even the world at large. NewCo attendees can explore all that the city has to offer; going inside company offices, meeting company founders, and engaging in meaningful presentations. NewCo Austin’s  90+ presenting companies include big names like Amazon, Google Fiber, 3 Day Startup, Dell Medical School, WP Engine, and Bazaarvoice and many more. The list also includes emerging startups, small businesses and organizations like Haven, PopUp Play, Raven & Lily, and Notley Ventures.

NewCo Austin 2016’s schedule is live. Learn more at atx.newco.co/schedule. Join hundreds of local and global visitors exploring innovative organizations throughout Austin on July 26th and 27th.
For the latest NewCo ATX updates, blog posts, and helpful links, check out our website’s news section: atx.newco.co/newco-atx-news/.