ABOUT


Innovate Austin is an economic development initiative, powered by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, focused on making Austin the #1 region to start and grow a technology and innovation based business.

Mission

To collaboratively empower leading-edge growth strategies so Austin will continue to stay competitive in tomorrow’s world.

What we do

Innovate Austin advocates for the innovation community by providing thought-leadership and strategy. We focus on attracting and retaining talent, increasing capital, growing and diversifying the innovation ecosystem, and leveraging local universities for increased commercialization.

Vision

Austin is the #1 region to start and grow a technology and innovation based business.

Strategy

Provide leadership that focuses on the strategic drivers and impact of innovation.

Austin’s Innovation Ecosystem Stats

46 Incubators, Accelerators, Maker & Co-working Spaces
5400 High-tech companies
151 deals in 2015
911000000 Invested in Austin in 2015

 

Austin A-List

The Austin Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with South By Southwest Interactive Name Austin’s Most Promising Startups. The A-List Awards continue to increase visibility and recognition of Austin’s most promising, cutting-edge innovators and high-growth start-ups to help recruit additional venture capital investment and top talent to Austin.  

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Strategy


Provide leadership that focuses on the strategic drivers and impact of innovation.

 

Talent

Austin is a regional hotbed of innovation where the creative class is embraced, encouraged and supported.

Capital

Austin is a top venture capital investment hotspot for angel investment, venture capital and private equity.

Innovation Ecosystem

Austin is a top thriving innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem.

Austin’s Dell Medical School & Innovation District

Austin's Dell Medical School is a top tier research institute and the pinnacle of the innovation district.

In the news


  • "No. 1 best performing city in US"

    Milkin Institute

  • "Austin is the No. 2 city in the nation for STEM jobs"

    Wallethub.com

  • "No. 1 hottest startup scene in us"

    Entrepreneur magazine

  • "Austin is one of the best US cities to start a business"

    Popular Mechanics

  • "Austin ranked second on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities"

    Forbes.com

OUR TEAM


Akshay Sabhikhi

Vice Chair, Global Technology and Innovation
CEO, CognitiveScale

Mini Kahlon

Vice Chair of Health Tech
Vice Dean for Strategy and Partnerships, UT

Tony Ross

Vice Chair, Technology
Senior Director of Americas Operations, Apple

Michele Skelding

SVP, Global Technology & Innovation

Jonathan Packer

Director, Global Technology and Innovation

Emily Weisz

Coordinator, Global Technology and Innovation

CONTACT US


535 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
512.478.9383

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