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Anna, TX, March 15, 2013 – Startup Texas, with Startup America and the Austin Chamber of Commerce, hosts the second annual SXSW event: A Celebration of American Startups Saturday, March 9 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. The event celebrates startup pioneers and the dynamic future of entrepreneurship in America. This year’s America’s Startups SXSW Quick Pitch Winner is ImageVision. Gabriella Draney, Executive Director of TechWildCatters, nominated ImageVision, a TechWildcatters’ alumni from its Summer 2010 inaugural class.
“When CEO Steven W. White explained to me his vision was to make computers see, I realized ImageVision was building disruptive technology versus ‘me too’ technology,” Draney said.
Accompanying the award-winning ImageVision team are influential entrepreneurial leaders from around the country, including Steve Case, CEO of Revolution (co-founder of AOL) and current Chairman of Startup America Partnership, Scott Case, founding CTO of Priceline and current CEO of Startup America. Others include Tristan Walker, Andreessen Horowitz EIR, former VP of FourSquare, Brad Smith, CEO of Inuit and Dhani Jones, NFL star.
“Being acknowledged as one of America’s Startups top technology startups during SXSW is validation of our original vision,” Co-founder Mitch Butler said. “Bringing to market visual object recognition which can help big brands and apps alike provide a visually safe user-experience and help monetize UGC (User-Generated Content) is the value our customers realize.”
“ImageVision is representative of the type of startup any community across the country would be fortunate to have,” Startup America Partnership, Scott Case said. “They’re building amazing technology and building the startup community in the Dallas area by creating jobs.”
ABOUT STARTUP TEXAS
Startup Texas is a regional arm of the Startup America Partnership. As a not-for-profit working in coordination with the White House Startup America initiative, it believes entrepreneurship is critical to the country’s long term success. Startup Texas is a grassroots, entrepreneur-led initiative and serves as a rallying point to bring all the elements together – entrepreneurs and startups, local talent and universities, activities and mentorship, large companies and local government – all to help startups grow.
Tech Wildcatters is a Forbes Top 10 ranked mentorship-driven seed fund and technology accelerator in Dallas. Each year hundreds of companies apply to the program and ten to fifteen of them are invited to participate. The companies get up to $25,000 in seed funding, intensive top-notch mentorship and the opportunity to pitch to angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate development teams at the end of program.
ImageVision helps marketers see the big picture. Using real-time, visual image recognition, analytics and AI, ImageVision provides a scalable services platform for advertisers, agencies/publishers and ad networks to unlock and monetize the value of UGC. Improving the user experience is powering key innovation at some of the world’s largest brands, like Facebook, Apple, Yahoo! and Photobucket. These companies, as well as others, trust ImageVision to secure and monetize their UGC data. ImageVision – the visual advantage.