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Demo Day to showcase West Texas start-up companies

Provided by Texas Tech University

The Office of Technology Commercialization at the Texas Tech University System will host its inaugural Demo Day, showcasing technology start-ups from student teams at Texas Tech and experienced entrepreneurs in the West Texas region.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at the Rawls College of Business. Jamie Rhodes, founder of the nationally-acclaimed Central Texas Angel Network, will serve as the keynote speaker emphasizing the importance of local investor groups to an innovation economy.

"We are thrilled to showcase the wealth of talented entrepreneurs and researchers at Texas Tech during our first Demo Day," said Kent Hance, chancellor of Texas Tech University System. "As we continue to enhance research at our universities, it is important to bring these discoveries to the market for the benefit of society as well as Texas Tech."

Eight companies with products such as medical devices, cancer therapies, software solutions and new engineering technologies will participate in the event. They will have 10 minutes to pitch their business followed by an opportunity to network with the companies. The event will be attended by venture capitalists, angel investors, local business leaders, alumni and other community stakeholders. One student-based venture will win a trip to an entrepreneurial hub such as Austin or Silicon Valley.

"As we expand the technology pipeline at Texas Tech, it is critical that we create linkage to the vast entrepreneurial talent and capital sources in this community," said Vice Chancellor for Research and Commercialization Jodey Arrington. "The benefits of such a partnership include high tech jobs, opportunities for Texas Tech graduates to stay in Lubbock and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs for West Texas."

A reception will immediately follow the presentations along with the keynote speech by Rhodes.

Rhodes is co-founder and CEO of National NanoMaterials, which manufactures Graphenol™, a functional form of graphene or thin sheets of carbon. With more than 30 years of experience in technology management, he also is founder of both Central Texas Angel Network and Alliance of Texas Angel Networks, which provide funding and support to Texas entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries. Rhodes holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Texas and has served on advisory boards at St. Edward's University, Texas State University and the University of Texas.

For more information about Demo Day, visit http://innovatetexastech.com/demoday/.

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