Friday, May 17, 2013

5th Annual TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards

Earlier this week I attended the 5th Annual TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards.  TECH Fort Worth is a Fort Worth based incubator and accelerator for inventors and entrepreneurs starting up the next great companies of North Texas.  Among other things, TECH Fort Worth helped establish the Cowtown Angels, an organization of local angel investors.  

As usual, Darlene Ryan, the Executive Director of TECH Fort Worth, and the rest of her team put on a terrific event.  The IMPACT Awards celebrate start-up and early stage North Texas companies who are hoping to impact people's lives in a positive way.  Three finalists for IMPACT Awards were chosen in three categories: (1) Energy and Environment, (2) Community, and (3) Health.  All of the finalists are (or hope to soon be) doing some pretty amazing things.  I was lucky enough to be seated at the same table as representatives of the winner of the Health category, Applied Regenerative Technologies (ART).  ART is developing a nerve implant design for restoring nerve function to nerves damaged by trauma.

Congratulations to ART and to all of the finalists!  The IMPACT Awards and the entrepreneurial spirit they celebrate are always an inspiration to me.          

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Doug! We are glad you could be there to share in the inspiration that all of these emerging companies provide for all of us. It is always a thrill for me to see so many people come together to learn about the new companies in our midst. And I know that it helps to give the entrepreneurs the boost in confidence they need to keep going. Thanks for being there!

    Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, TECH Fort Worth