TECH Fort Worth to present showcase for startups

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TECH Fort Worth Showcase

What: An event to spotlight past, present and future startup companies in the Fort Worth area.

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16

Where: Brown Lupton Student Union at Texas Christian University.

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Cost: Admission is free but anyone attending must RSVP at

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From a simple blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease to a baby swing for colicky babies, innovative Fort Worth companies continue to seek breakthrough solutions to cure diseases and make everyday life easier.

Many of these companies are affiliates of TECH Fort Worth, a nonprofit organization that has been identifying and helping shepherd potentially successfully startups advance their products to the marketplace.

Yet, these entrepreneurs and the products they are developing have received limited public exposure. So TECH Fort Worth has decided to change that with a reinvention of its annual Impact Awards program.

For the first time, the Impact Awards will be split into two events. The first TECH Fort Worth Showcase will be held May 16 at the Brown Lupton Student Union at Texas Christian University.

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The Impact Awards, which honor three top technology innovators, will be held this fall.

In the past, a short showcase too place before the Impact Awards presentation, said TECH Fort Worth Executive Director Darlene Boudreaux.

“People were interested in the showcase and wanted more time to find out about the local companies and what they are working on,” she said.

So this year, anyone interested in new technology in Fort Worth will have the chance to see and learn about it at the showcase.

“If people like watching Shark Tank on television, they will want to come to this,” Boudreaux said.

The event will feature about 30 firms providing information about their companies and products.

Among the group, will be the three 2016 Impact Award winners: OncoNano, a firm developing a drug that would allow cancer cells to be visible during surgery to be sure they are removed; Ampcare, developer of a medical device that aids swallowing for stroke and cancer patients; and Revitalize Charging, developer of an electrical vehicle charger.

Other firms that will participate include AeroBlaze, which conducts airplane safety testing; CX Precision, (from the University of North Texas Health Science Center), developer of a Alzheimer’s blood test; Hero Solutions, a fabric wrap for babies, toddlers and the elderly to keep IV tubes sterile; GoVivid, developer of an indoor navigation system for people with limited sight; Elutions Group, developing a swing for colicky babies; and SolGro, developing a film for greenhouses to help plants grower larger, faster.

“Every year, people ask us, ‘what about this past winner? What has happened to them?’” Boudreaux said. “This will provide those answers, but they will also be able to see some of the new ones and see if they can spot some of the ones that may be the winners this fall.”

The event is presented by Comerica Bank. Other sponsors are TECH Fort Worth partners: the city of Fort Worth, UNT Health Science Center, the University of Texas at Arlington, Lockheed Martin and Whitley Penn. The Fort Worth Business Press is also a sponsor.

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