12 more startups in Austin join chamber’s A-List


The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s has unveiled its annual A-List, which spotlights a dozen local startup companies that the chamber says have break-out potential.

This year, more than 275 companies were nominated, and the winners were announced on Thursday at an event at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

The 12 companies are heavily focused on technology, including big data, biotech, hardware, software, e-commerce and mobile app development. The list also includes players in consumer packaged goods and agriculture.

“Austin is rich with innovative startups that are primed for rapid growth,” said Michele Skelding, the chamber’s senior vice president of global technology and innovation. “That’s what drives our economic growth and job creation, and what continues to drive our global competitiveness.”

The list is intended to increase the visibility of Austin’s most fundable, scalable and innovative regional startups and drive increased venture capital funding to Central Texas, officials said.

Since its 2011 debut, companies on the A-List have received $358.7 million in investment, according to the chamber.

The year has started out strong for Austin companies seeking venture capital. Investors pumped $265.3 million into 29 Central Texas companies during the first quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.

That’s an 87 percent jump over the $141.9 million received in the fourth quarter and a 31 percent jump over $202.3 million collected during same quarter a year ago.



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