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Bright Alums Light Up Austin's Startup 'A-List'

Infographic of UT and McCombs-related companies among Austin A-List 2015

Many of Austin's brightest startups have ties to The University of Texas at Austin. Six of 12 companies on the 2015 Austin "A-List", which was created by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest Interactive, are connected to the university.



Jay Manickam, co-founder
MBA '04

Everfest is a global calendar and search engine for finding nearby festivals, including film, music, food, drinks, sports, and culture events.

ENTvantage Dx (Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs portfolio company)
Joe Skraba, president and CEO
MSTC '03

ENTvantage Diagnostics Inc. provides physicians with timely information on the cause of ear, nose, and throat illnesses via rapid, in-office diagnostic tests.

UT Austin:


Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO
BS Electrical Engineering '94 and MS Electrical Engineering '96

Matt Sanchez, founder and CTO
BS Computer Science '00

CognitiveScale provides enterprise cognitive cloud software, a new class of machine intelligence that accelerates decision-making, enhances customer engagement, and improves employee productivity.

Neogenis Labs
Nathan Bryan, co-founder and chief science officer
BS Biochemistry '97

Neogenis Labs is a University of Texas Technology Transfer portfolio company. The company's products include nitric oxide functional foods for health and wellness and sport applications, in addition to a high-grade, clinically tested nutraceutical targeted at nitric oxide deficient people over 40 years of age.

Amir Husain, founder and CEO
BS Computer Science '98

SparkCognition is a cognitive analytics company breaking ground in the security and Internet of Things spaces.

Luke Schneider, CEO
BS Mechanical Engineering '90

Silvercar allows customers to complete high-end car rentals through a smartphone app. 


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