Intra-Accelerator Networking Day 2020

August 13, 2020 | 12PM - 1:15PM CT 

We're tired of the Zoom Gloom. So take a mid-day break to meet-and-greet entrepreneurs leading their startups and team through a Texas-based accelerator or incubator program.

This is a casual networking day where we get all of the Texas communities together so we can get to know each other better.


The Texas Intra-Accelerator Networking Day 2020 is to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, or office, or car – anywhere you want, really.

At the event, each booth will be held by one of our community partners.
All startups will have the ability to go in and out of each room to connect with like-minded hustlers.

Randomized networking will also be available to those who want to participate.



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DivInc bridges the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies. We provide an equity-free and cost-free 12-week accelerator program to help you take your MVP to market. Coming soon: online incubator to help you go from ideation to MVP!

BROOKE TURNER is the Program Director for DivInc, a non-profit organization that provides a high impact, 12-week startup accelerator, as well as other community programs to bridge the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build high-growth, profitable companies. Brooke's life work has impacted thousands of students and women through her career as an educator, a partnership/program and marketing manager at NI (an industry leader in test and automation innovation), robotics mentor, and co-founder of a non-profit supporting STEM programs in Central Texas. As co-founder of her startup Kwaddle, Brooke continued her mission to serve students and to support women in the workplace by providing easier access to high-quality, out-of-school enrichment opportunities for kids. Brooke was named winner of the 2018 Woman's Way Business Award for Product Innovation.




The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, having helped launch over 4,300 companies across 200+ cities and six continents. We help pre-seed entrepreneurs and teams build get to traction and funding by establishing a critical support network of local startup experts that are invested in their success, and by providing a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $950M. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

MARTIN MARTINEZ is the Founder & President of A-Player Media, a creative live and virtual event production company headquartered in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas Austin, Martin began his career as an early Austin employee at Facebook before moving to Google to launch products for small-to-medium-sized businesses. Martin is also the Managing Director for the Founder Institute Texas, a global idea-stage accelerator program in over 185 cities and 60 countries. FI currently has active chapters in Austin and Houston and has helped launch over 50 Texas-based companies since 2017. A serial entrepreneur, he's founded and exited 3 companies, produced high-impact event programs across the state in several industries, and serves as an advisor to multiple conferences & festivals. He intensely passionate about inspiring entrepreneurs, hosting memorable experiences, and working with musicians and performing artists.


MediaTech Ventures is a venture development group and holding company
connecting innovation with capital. Our customers are the capital providers of Media: the employers, city and public interests, investors, and brands that fuel our economy through their interests in creative entrepreneurs.



Companies selected into the SKU accelerator participate in a one of a kind 14-week
program that serves an MBA and all-star network platform for your business. During the course of the program, founders and your leadership teams attend organized classes, in-depth, breakout and problem-solving sessions, meeting face-to-face with SKU Mentors every Tuesday for twelve weeks.

As startup advisors and patient investors, SKU leadership and Mentors are laser-focused on maximizing the odds of long-term success for each of the companies accepted into our acclaimed program. Every company admitted into the SKU program receives a cash stipend, as well as insider access to additional funding. In exchange for lining up all the pieces to empower our companies to scale, SKU receives a small equity stake in each company.

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Splash Coworking is dedicated to bringing people together in the community and offering a space where we can share ideas, support projects and get local work done. The environment of work is changing from ownership to sharing. Where once stationary corporate offices were what business strive for, business now must be flexible, online, connected and innovative. Coworking serves this demand with space as a service. Pop in, grab a desk and hammer out some work. Book a conference room and present to a client and land the next big deal. Transform our space into a destination and host your next special event. Validate your home business with a virtual membership and utilize our mail services.

Call to Action: Check out our virtual membership and exclusive Splash membership benefits our virtual membership offers including telehealth, start-up and entrepreneurial support services and mail services. Splash now offers a "Remote Office" option where you can use an office hourly or for a day. The remote office is perfect for that zoom call or virtual huddle you need without the chaos and risk of a coffee shop. With our COVID safety plan you can stay safe and be professional so your work doesn't skip a beat.

CARINA BOSTON PINALES is motivated by the unlimited potential that is created by people, Carina is routinely sourced to help facilitate and manage personal transitions resulting in the adoption of strategic practices working from a place of pure passion and purpose.Carina holds a background in Psychology and Design as well as a certification in Life Coaching from the American Union of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This has equipped her to be a visionary and manage teams by optimizing process, tools, and techniques to navigate the people side of change achieving efficient results. She is a recognized Unsung Hero by Ecosystem Builder Hub community, a Shining Star under 40, and the Distinguished Alumni in Business Development and Innovation awarded by the National Hispanic Institute. She founded the first-ever award-winning coworking space in what is now being called “The Innovation Corridor”, Splash Coworking (Splash). She has spoken Internationally on the topics of leadership, team building, entrepreneurship, culture/behavior change, HR attraction/retention and driving positive global and systemic transformation.

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Sputnik is an Austin, TX based investor and accelerator that funds early stage maker-founders who solve real problems. We combine capital with training and experience to help startups reach their full potential.

AMANDA EAKIN is the Associate and Marketing Director at Sputnik ATX. Prior to joining Sputnik, she worked on set of nationally distributed commercials, ran the science podcast at The Daily Texan and earned her degree in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. As an Associate at Sputnik ATX, she wears multiple hats; she promotes the program, manages marketing content and strategy, performs diligence and sources prospective startups for investment and advises founders in the program. She also fosters relationships within the startup universe, from marketing practitioners to investors, so Sputnik ATX can contribute to the Austin startup ecosystem and propel founders further. Amanda enjoys two-stepping, biking around Lady Bird Lake, teaching her pup Roux new tricks, and tasting all the creative and delicious restaurants Austin has to offer. You can find her on Instagram at @amanda_eakin and on twitter at @misssocurious.



Tarmac TX is an equity-free, 3-month online acceleration program based in Austin, Texas. A powerful partnership between San Francisco-based nonprofit organization INCO US and St Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Company, Tarmac TX enables talented entrepreneurs to grow and amplify their impact.

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TechFW is a non-profit organization that has been helping entrepreneurs launch and grow emerging technology companies since 1998. We identify entrepreneurs and startup companies with technologies that have a high potential for success in the marketplace.Then, we mentor, coach and relentlessly push them toward success. Where and when appropriate, we match the resources of the community with the passion of entrepreneurs to nurture and grow the startups.

HAYDEN BLACKBURN is the Executive Director of TechFW and the Director of Cowtown Angels. As an entrepreneur support organization, they help entrepreneurs commercialize innovative technologies, facilitate connections between entrepreneur and angel investor in their Cowtown Angels program, and partner with universities to commercialize technologies and aid in the development of an entrepreneurial culture and mindset. Prior to joining TechFW, Hayden was the founding Director of IDEA Works FW, a mixed-industry incubator that was formed from a public-private partnership to fill a gap in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2013. Hayden is a social entrepreneur and the first venture he was involved in launching was Stages of Recovery, a sober living program and community that supports those in recovery from alcohol, drugs and other related behaviors. Hayden has organized multiple Startup Weekend’s, served as an organizer for 1 Million Cups Fort Worth, and serves on the boards of organizations working in economic development and education.



The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator and Prototyping Lab support selected startups as they develop and deploy technology that connects ideas, people, and communities in Houston. Backed by the Mayor's Office, the City of Houston, Microsoft, Intel, and TX/RX, Houston's non-profit makerspace, the Accelerator launched its first cohort in September 2019 and second cohort in April 2020.


Christine Galib serves as the Senior Director of Accelerator Programs at The Ion. In this role, she directs The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator. Christine is also the founder of Plan My Plate, which offers leadership, management, creativity, innovation, and wellness consulting. A Teach For America alumna and educator with an investment management and pre-medical background, Christine holds her bachelor’s from Princeton University, master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate from Drexel University. Her speaking, writing, and research interests include entrepreneurial mindset development, creativity, innovation, leadership, mindfulness, wellness, and apologetics. A Northeast native, Christine wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could!




Geekdom is more than coworking space.
We provide a collaborative community filled with resources and opportunities to help our members grow. Through Geekdom’s programs and community events, we offer you the chance to become a part of San Antonio’s network of entrepreneurs.

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Bunker Labs – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran and milspouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the military connected community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.

25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. We’re here for them!




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MassChallenge does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, even virtually. To learn more about our policies, please see our Code of Conduct.


Three reasons to attend this event

  1. Meet MassChallenge Texas community partners 
  2. Make friends + new connections
  3. Have fun

Our Friends Are Located In:

  • Austin
  • Dallas Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • San Marcos

Upcoming Events
Pease refer to the MassChallenge website for the most up-to-date RSVP information. 

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September 10 
MCHT20 Virtual Finale Application Launch

MassChallenge HealthTech is hosting their first ever combined Finale and Application Launch event virtually! This exciting event will feature aspects from each of these flagship events including fireside chats with the grand prize winners and their program Champions
Announcement of our Startup Choice, Women in Digital Health, and Champion of the Year winners.

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October 22
MC Virtual Finale : Save The Date 

MassChallenge will host our first-ever Virtual Awards ceremony this October. This event is broadcast celebration of all the startups from this year’s Austin, Boston, Houston, and Rhode Island programs and includes top startup awards up to $2M in equity-free cash and prizes

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