10th Annual IT and Web Venture Forum

Thursday, December 6, 2012 

Meet Leading Investors and Promising Startups in IT/Web/Software at the Largest IT Venture Capital Forum in the Southwest

Register Now to see the most promising Information Technology, web, and software start-up companies pitch their companies to over 400 venture capitalists, investors, mentors, business & corporate leaders and industry experts. Since 1999, more than 30% of the start-up companies pitching at past Rice Alliance Technology Venture Forums have raised funding, totaling over $2.1 billion.

Feedback from attendees at last year's Forum:

  “This is the best run entrepreneurial event I have ever attended.  Logistics and quality of attendees were outstanding.”

“I was told by a VC that he thought this was the best event for entrepreneurs in Texas. The event lived up to those expectations.” 

“This was such a great event. It was obviously well planned and the quality of the participants was very high.” 

“Great networking.” 

“I saw plenty of investable companies.” 

“I met a lot of other investors I did not know before.”


Why attend? 


• Get a first-look at emerging IT/software startups

• Network with over 100 investors

• Hear from leading venture capitalists and investors

• Meet start-ups one-on-one during the Company Showcase and Reception

• Learn what is required to get outside funding for your start-up company

• Network with over 400 members of the Texas and the Southwest region entrepreneurial ecosystem

• Learn what is included in a successful investor pitch 


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10th Annual IT and Web Venture Forum
Thursday, December 6, 2012
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
McNair Hall, Rice University

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Company Spotlight
  • Tympanogen (2016) takes research to new heights aboard the International Space Station 
  • Acquired by Home Depot, Black Locus (2011) serves as the Innovation Hub for the retail giant
  • Making a spectacular exit, Auditude (2005) is sold to Adobe for $110M 
  • Dynamics (2009): designing & manufacturing battery powered, interactive credit cards
  • Adhesys Medical (2014) wins big at the 2016 MassChallenge 
  • From Malta to London & New York to Shanghai, essDOCS' (2004) paperless trading platform powers international shipping
  • A76 (2015), developing anti-corrosion coatings and lubricants, rebrands as Aidant Brands
  • Neopenda (2016): finalist at the 2016 SXSW Startup Showcase  
  • SiNode Systems (2013): collaborating with the Argonne National Laboratory to build better batteries
  • Soko (SasaAfrica, 2012) chats with Forbes about fashion-tech 
  • Allyson Sawyer, a woman succeeding in the energy space with Rebellion Photonics (2010) 
  • Polytorx(2003) Helix Steel reinforces the underground tunnels linking the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station
  • Broadway & baseball, Qcue (2008) provides dynamic ticket pricing for events across the continent
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