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
4744 High-tech companies
162 deals in 2015
1022820000 Over 1 Billion invested in Austin in 2014

 

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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2014 Honorees


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


Michele Skelding

SVP, Global Technology & Innovation

Hugh Forrest

Vice Chair, Innovation Director, SXSW Interactive

Emanuel Ibarra

Director, Global Technology and Innovation

Abbey Lengel

Director, Global Technology & Innovation

CONTACT US


535 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
512.478.9383

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