cycleWood Solutions creates biodegradable plastics from sustainable resources. The initial focus of cycleWood Solutions is to displace the single-use plastic bag with the XyloBag, a biodegradable alternative that is made primarily from lignin. www.cyclewood.com
EnTouch Controls is a leading provider of energy management systems for small businesses. The innovative EnTouch EMS is a unique energy management offering for small business owners who have been left behind by traditional building automation solutions. With a simple to install, low cost and easy to use system they automate energy optimization and enable their customers to do what they do best - run their businesses. www.entouchcontrols.com
Koupon Media is an innovative mobile coupon delivery, fulfillment and analytics platform for consumer product brands. Their single-use coupons eliminate fraud from the fulfillment process, and are delivered via QR code, bar code, text message, email, or social-media websites. The Koupon Media fulfillment platform has been integrated with a variety of retailer point-of-sale (POS) systems, providing brands both enhanced product control and detailed analytics to better determine consumer buying behavior. The company was founded in 2011 by mobile technology entrepreneurs T.J. Person and Scott Hutchinson, who have a combined 30 years of experience in the mobile content, advertising and marketing industries. Koupon Media is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Chicago, Illinois. www.kouponmedia.com
Netsocket is a technology leader in virtualized, software-defined networking. The company's flagship Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN) solution fulfills the promise of SDN today with powerful, robust automation applications running on a completely virtualized network infrastructure. NVN delivers a new framework for network virtualization and advanced automation that transforms the network into a highly responsive business asset. www.netsocket.com
Nitero is a millimeter-wave fabless semiconductor company dedicated to developing solutions for next-generation Wi-Fi to enable cable-free multi-gigabit-per-second data communication. www.nitero.com
Oculus360 is a next-generation market intelligence company that uncovers foresights and actionable insights from the complex world of unstructured, observable consumer behavior using big data technologies and artificial intelligence. We empower brands to identify demand inflections to drive growth and profitability. www.oculus360.us
SiNode Systems is an advanced materials company developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes enable higher energy capacity and rapid charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process. SiNode seeks to change the landscape for lithium-ion batteries so they can meet the demands of a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. www.sinodesystems.com
Vobi leverages the mobile phone number as the control point for identity and collaboration. The mobile identity is the starting point for contextual collaboration. Contextual collaboration is collaboration that examines user context, content and identity to form a more powerful interaction experience. Vobi is the first company to stretch the use of the users mobile voice activity into collaboration activity and business intelligence. www.vobi.com
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is an entrepreneurial support system dedicated to bringing together the resources, support and opportunities that Dallas-area entrepreneurs need to start, build and grow their businesses. Launched in 2013, the DEC connects entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, educators and other business and community leaders in order to advance the economic interests of the Dallas community. For more information, visit www.thedec.co and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
SURGE Accelerator is the leading seed fund and mentor-driven accelerator that identifies, invests in, and enables entrepreneurs who are solving the world's energy and water problems using software. SURGE already ranks amongst the world's elite accelerators. In its first two years, SURGE companies raised $20M in funding, landed over 75 enterprise customers, and created more than 100 jobs. 21 out of 23 companies are still operating. Based in Houston, Texas, "The Energy Capital of the World", SURGE runs an intensive 90 day bootcamp in the Spring to identify leaders, validate business models, raise capital and connect companies to customers and the global energy ecosystem. SURGE has recruited over 150 of the world's top scientists, engineers, executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors in the energy and power industries to serve as mentors. www.surgeaccelerator.com
Techstars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. They run a three month long program in Austin, (TX), Boston (MA), Boulder (CO), Cloud (San Antonio, TX), Chicago (IL), New York City (NY), Seattle (WA), and London (UK) once each year. Additionally, they run several powered by Techstars programs with some of the best brands in the world. www.techstars.com
Founded in 2009 and located in what is lovingly known as the 'Tech Church' in Uptown Dallas, Tech Wildcatters is a mentor-driven seed accelerator with a focus on B2B and B2B2C technology; Tech Wildcatters is recognized as one of the Forbes Top 10 seed accelerators. Tech Wildcatters has 5 alumni classes accounting for 37 alum companies in total. www.techwildcatters.com
Founded by successful entrepreneurs with a genuine desire to help other emerging entrepreneurs, and to give back economically to the local community, state and region, VentureSpur is a venture accelerator that is truly "By Entrepreneurs and For Entrepreneurs." The accelerator and seed fund is modeled on successful accelerators throughout the US that have pioneered a new way of deploying venture capital. Our program is closely coupled with active mentorship, a purpose-driven education and development program, and culminates in a "Pitch Day" during which entrepreneurial teams will have an opportunity to showcase their business in front of leading venture capital and angel investors from throughout the region and country. www.venturespur.com
Acquired by GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME).
Spawn Labs, Inc. lets gamers play their console video games either alone or with friends at home or on the road from a network-connected computer as if they were sitting in front of their console and TV at home. www.spawnlabs.com
Acquired by Gaiam (NASDAQ: GAIA)
Social network for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) market.