FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 16, 2013
CONTACT: Kevin Koym, Tech Ranch® Austin Briana Gowing, AT&T
Tech Ranch® AUSTIN AND AT&T CREATE NEW GROUND-BREAKING COLLABORATION
AT&T Sponsorship Gives Tech Ranch® Companies a Boost
AUSTIN, Texas – Tech Ranch® Austin and AT&T*announce a ground-breaking agreement to share information and work together. Both companies have committed to find opportunities to pair innovative technologies emerging from Tech Ranch® Austin startups with AT&T’s resources, which include cutting-edge research, advanced technology and global mentorships.
AT&T will sponsor several public Tech Ranch® Austin events over the next year, including three “lunch and learn” sessions and evening Campfire meetings.
According to Joe Gilson, founder of AnalyzIt (www.analyzit.com), a Tech Ranch® Austin startup, the AT&T partnership can’t be matched. It provides him an opportunity to talk with potential customers for his online dashboard that manages fleet equipment maintenance and repair records.
“Like many small companies, I think I have a great idea and the right technology,” Gilson said. “This sponsorship gives me an opportunity that I wouldn’t otherwise have. It opens a huge door for me. Just talking with AT&T experts helps me understand the unique needs of big and small customers alike.”
Tech Ranch® Austin was founded in 2008 by two entrepreneurs to make it easier for the next group of Austin-based entrepreneurs to share critical knowledge, network, and help shape ideas into commercial offerings. To date, more than 300 entrepreneurs in software, hardware, alternative energy and emerging technologies have participated in Tech Ranch® Austin programs.
“AT&T is exactly the kind of partner we were hoping to find,” Tech Ranch® co-founder Kevin Koym said. “It differentiates Tech Ranch® Austin from other incubators. It’s the last piece of the puzzle. The access to AT&T for mentoring, industry connections and possible sales gives our clients a head start.”
AT&T South Texas Director of Sales Jason Cardwell said, “Teaming with Tech Ranch® Austin is a natural fit for AT&T, as we continue to innovate and bring new technology faster forward. In Tech Ranch®, Austin’s tech community has a tremendous resource right in their backyard. Their unique approach elevates start-ups to new heights and we’re thrilled to work with Kevin and his team to continue to grow and strengthen the tech community here in Austin.”
ABOUT Tech Ranch® AUSTIN
Tech Ranch® Austin is the place where Austin tech entrepreneurs come to get the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to launch companies that impact our most critical global challenges. Offerings include classes, consultation, office and co-working space as well as access to a collaborative, connected community. Founded in 2003, the Tech Ranch® Austin community includes entrepreneurs working in software, hardware, alternative energy and emerging technologies. More than 300 entrepreneurs have participated in Tech Ranch® Austin programs. Learn more at TechRanchAustin.com.
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