Austin-based Fintech Startup Episode Six Lands $7 Million in Funding and Expands Globally

By CHAD SWIATECKI, Freelance Contributor to Silicon Hills News It makes sense that the Austin financial technology startup Episode Six would make the Asian Pacific region a high priority as the company sought to pick up customers for its software platform that lets financial institutions build custom payment and other solutions. After all, while New York […]

Trashbots Raises Seed-Stage Investment as Demand for its K-12 Robotics Platform Increases

The pandemic has spurred demand for Trashbots, which makes a hands-on robotics platform aimed at the K-12 market. “The K-12 market, as a whole, is more important now than ever,” said Rohit Srinivasan, Co-Founder of Trashbots. “Especially as schools are trying to figure out how they are going to teach in a post COVID world.” […]

Healthcare Insurance Startup Sana Benefits Raises $20.8 Million

Sana Benefits, the startup disrupting the healthcare insurance industry by providing coverage for small businesses at a discount, announced Wednesday that it has closed on $20.8 million in funding. To date, Sana, founded in 2017 by Will Young and Nathan Hackley, has raised $27.1 million. The latest round of funding came from existing investors, said […]

Austin Coworking Lives on Amid Masks, ‘Ghost Town’ Offices and Social Distancing

By OMAR L. GALLAGA, Freelance Contributor to Silicon Hills News A few weeks ago, Michelle McKown celebrated her return to a workspace at Central Austin’s Vessel Coworking with a cheerful Instagram story post. “Back at @Vesselcoworking and it feels so good!” she posted, “Don’t @ me! It’s lunchtime & I can’t eat through a mask!” […]

Austin Chamber’s Leigh Christie Discusses Austin A-List Awards and How the Pandemic is Affecting Entrepreneurs

A native of Austin, Leigh Christie has seen the city change from a sleepy college town to a high-tech boomtown. Today, she serves as senior vice president of global technology and innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She’s also a lawyer who previously served as executive director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central […]

Women@Austin Launches Beam Angel Network Aimed at Funding Female-Founded Startups in Texas

There’s a new angel network in Austin, aimed specifically and women-led startups. This week, Women@Austin, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing female entrepreneurs, launched the Beam Angel Network. Notley Venture, a social impact investment firm based in Austin, has pledged $250,000 to kick off the network, which will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1st. Jess […]

NSF Awards $20 Million to UT Austin to Create the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning

The National Science Foundation on Wednesday announced the selection of the University of Texas at Austin to lead the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning. UT is spearheading one of five NSF AI Institutes nationwide and each one will receive $20 million in funding. The UT NSF AI Institute for Foundations and Machine […]

Austin’s PickleSmash Powers Through the Pandemic With Online Sales and Retail Expansion

After running out of salsa, Brian White decided to mash up his own version using pickles as the main ingredient. He added jalapenos, pickles, onions, and spices and came up with what is now known as PickleSmash, which is a salsa made without tomatoes. “I like experimenting with mashups of different foods,” White said. White […]

Virtual Arts Lands $2 Million in Funding for its DanceFight App Aimed at Generation Z

At a Youth Peace Summit held at the John Knox Ranch in Wimberley, Ryan Jordan saw how young men and women from 20 countries bonded. One of the ways was through dance. Even though the teenagers spoke different languages and came from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, they all liked music and dance, said […]

Fetch Lands $18 Million to Help Apartment Complexes Deal With Packages

Since the COVID-10 pandemic, Austin-based Fetch has seen a 59 percent increase in volume for its package delivery service to apartments. As e-commerce explodes in popularity, apartment complexes have turned to Fetch to handle the crush of package deliveries. The company has almost doubled the number of communities they serve this year with more than […]