ReleaseIt at SXSW
Friday, March 11
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
ReleaseIt at SXSW is a special pitch competition in Startup Village® on the opening day of the SXSW Interactive Festival. Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or service during the 2016 SXSW season will present to a panel of industry experts and a winner will be chosen based on which product or service is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.
Dir Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
US Department of Commerce
Chief Community Officer
Former CEO of UP Global and Startup Weekend, now helping lead the Startup Programs for Techstars as Chief Community Officer.
Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company serving governments, corporations, universities, and schools. The Venture Hive accelerator/incubator in Miami is...Show the rest
Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company serving governments, corporations, universities, and schools. The Venture Hive accelerator/incubator in Miami is focused on economic development and is home to tech startups from 18 countries. In 2013, Dr. Amat was named a Champion of Change at the White House.Hide the rest
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. Trey cofounded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build and gro...Show the rest
Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. Trey cofounded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. As Co-Founder and CEO, Trey leads strategy, vision, and drives the overall planning and development efforts for the DEC. Trey also works closely with the DEC staff to engage executives, mentors and other valuable experts within the Dallas community and across the country to maintain a strong and robust resource offering for DEC startups/members). Under Bowles’ leadership, the DEC launched a public private partnership called the Dallas Innovation Alliance (with partners like The City of Dallas, IBM, AT&T, Cisco, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, DART, Dallas Regional Chamber, Downtown Dallas Inc. and more) to help design, develop and launch a Smart Cities in Dallas starting in the West End Historic District and moving out across the city in a multi-phased approach.
In addition to his work with the DEC, Trey worked closely with the Startup America Partnership, a non-profit organization started by Steve Case and the Kauffman Foundation, leading a team of entrepreneurial experts across the country to help high-growth startups find greater success. Trey also launched the Arts Entrepreneurship Department in the Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor on staff. Bowles also cofounded the Mayor’s Star Council with Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas to find a culturally diverse and civically minded group of emerging leaders who want to embrace and engage the City of Dallas as opposed to inheriting the city in 20 years.
Trey lives in Dallas with his wife and two children and is committed to helping build a collaborative ecosystem at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and education within the DFW Metroplex.Hide the rest