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.
2015 Spring A-List
Early stage companies
Everfest, search engine for festivals and nearby entertainment
Bitfusion.io, software and hardware to maximize the performance of applications
Green & Grow, developing seed treatment products that it says increases crop yield over products that are currently available
ENTvantage Dx, provides health care diagnostics services
CognitiveScale, cognitive computing platform
Neogenis Labs, nitric oxide products for cardiovascular care and sports nutrition
Illumitex, LED lighting
Epic, grass-fed animal-based protein bars
Spark Cognition, cognitive security analytics
SpareFoot, runs an online marketplace for leasing self-storage units
Silvercar, car rental service that uses only silver Audis
Volusion, develops software that lets merchants build online stores