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Longhorn Startup Showcase

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Presented by The University of Texas at Austin, the Longhorn Startup Showcase is a fast pitch competition for UT Austin-based student startups with revolutionary ideas looking for funding to scale their innovations. We will choose five finalists to advance and present to a hometown panel of corporate, angel, and venture investor judges in front of a well-connected audience at SXSW 2013. The Longhorn Startup Showcase Pitch finalists will each engage in Q&A sessions with judges and have opportunities for discussions with the audience.



Isaac Barchas Director Austin Technology Incubator

Laura Kilcrease Entrepreneur in Residence The University of Texas at Austin

Robert Warren Asst Dir Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs/Venture Labs Investment Competition

Rudy Garza Founder G51 Capital Management

As founder and managing general partner of G-51, Rudy focuses on the development of all portfolio companies, syndication partnerships and deal flow. Through mentoring as well as serving on portfolio boards, he is instrumental in driving success through defining and then guiding the implementation of well-grounded business and marketing strategies. Rudy is an expert at finding and defining business and revenue models, market shaping services, business growth strategies and talent sourcing. Rudy has served as an investor and board member for over 20 companies, selling several to publicly traded firms including SAP, ADP, Prudential, and Cisco Systems among others.

Rudy is also an active leader in the venture community, as a longtime member of the NVCA and the Texas Venture Capital Association. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas Alumni Association (“Texas Exes”) in 2011. In addition, Rudy is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.