Startups Aim For Energy Storage Solutions Elliot Franshaw, The Cannon We know energy cannot be created or destroyed (see law #1 of thermodynamics). Still, we harness energy in countless forms to create and sustain the systems in which we live. From bananas in bodies to gas in cars, energy conversion fuels our lives. Storing that energy is a little trickier. From electrochemical storage, like lithium batteries, to thermal energy storage used to convert electricity into temperature change, we’ve long sought to store and use energy on our terms. Today we a look at two startups working on new and inventive [...]
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SXSW Recap - CIA Shows New Ways to Solve Problems Brad True, The Cannon Last weekend, The Cannon team joined tens of thousands of attendees descending on downtown Austin for SXSW 2019, spending 5 days attending panels, networking with attendees, and learning from some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs, marketers and innovators in the business. We even joined up with a group of 25+ of our Houston Innovation friends at an impromptu Houston dinner on Saturday night! But the sessions and panels were definitely a highlight, and one of our favorites actually helped kick us off on day 1. Did [...]
The Cannon Classroom - Financing Your Startup Lunch and Learn Provides Key Financing Tips to Cannon Community Jake Askew, Cannon Ventures For companies trying to get off the ground, one of the biggest hurdles normally revolves around acquiring funding. Whether it’s a friends and family round, early seed stage or a full blown series round, finding funding is a difficult process. This augments the importance of entrepreneurs understanding the full arsenal of tools at their disposal. Late last month, Cannon Ventures and Texas Citizens Bank teamed up to host a Lunch and Learn at The Cannon’s Main Campus to help [...]
Founders Focus - IncentiFind The Cannon’s Founders Focus series is back! This week, our Managing Director Brad True sat down with Cannon community member IncentiFind's Founder and CEO Natalie Campos Goodman at our new Post Oak location, taking a deep dive into the nation’s go-to database for green incentives. IncentiFind came to The Cannon last fall fresh off of a tour through Capital Factory’s Accelerator program and has been an active participant in our community and with our Venture Studio team since joining. As the nation’s only comprehensively standardized and searchable database of green incentives, IncentiFind captures incentives from the Federal, [...]
Legal-Based Hackathon Launches New Technology Jake Askew - Cannon Ventures Hackathons have been launching across the globe at an ever-increasing rate, providing opportunities for software developers and others involved in technology development to collaborate on projects that solve problems. Usually consisting of a multi-day workshop in which individuals break into teams and compete against each other to win the approval of a panel of judges, these events generally have a specific theme or focus centered on problem solving in today’s world using new technologies. Themes can vary from utilizing an innovative platform like blockchain, supporting a movement like mental illness [...]