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“I Lost My Arm to Microbes, but They Can Save the World”

Luka Erceg, CEO of GOOSE Portfolio company DryLet, was recently published in the Scientific American. We read with fascination Luka’s experience of losing his arm to microbes and why he is so passionate about not only exploring their hidden realm, but applying 21st century tech to unlock their power for tackling some of the biggest challenges faced in our modern world.

Jack Gill, founder of the GOOSE Society, said “I love the comments about AI, material science advances, new generation of bionic arms, etc…”

Enjoy the article here.

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GOOSE awards $60,000 in prizes at Texas A&M New Ventures Competition

Thank you to TNVC for providing this press release!

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[Houston, Texas, May 25th, 2018 ]  Two companies stood out from the competition and each earned $30,000 investment prizes from GOOSE Society at last week’s Texas A&M New Ventures Competition (TNVC) in College Station.   Each of these companies will also be invited the pitch to the exclusive group of super-angel investors, which comes with an opportunity to get much more funding.  GOOSE judges included Louis Raspino (finals judge), David Klein, and Samantha Lewis.

Houstonbased Arovia, creators of the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (SPUD), was awarded a GOOSE Society investment prize, as well as $50,000 as the overall winner of the 2018 TNVC.

Arovia Co-Founder, President and CEO Alexander Wesley, a Rice Business Alum, said he was excited to win the competition because he doesn’t consider pitching competitions to be his specialty.

“I’m definitely not a natural pitcher, but I love our product, I love our team and the state of Texas has been really great for us as well,” Wesley said. “I definitely don’t view myself as being a stellar pitch man so I had no expectation at all, but I’m glad the enthusiasm I have for our product and our team and what we’re doing for our customers comes through.”

The second company awarded an investment prize by GOOSE was Houston-based and TMC Biodesign Alum, M&S Biotics, which is developing an autonomous internet of things solution to detect, track, count and locate surgical items within the operating room in real-time. They hope to effectively automate the surgical counting process while providing downstream analytics regarding instrument utilization by leveraging machine learning. M&S Biotics also earned $25,000 by finishing third overall in the competition.

Samantha Lewis, Director of the GOOSE Society said she was impressed with the company’s accepted into the competition and appreciates the diligence TNVC provides beforehand.  “The two teams we chose were able to field the tough questions that were asked of them and clearly communicate their value proposition and traction.  We also liked the Houston ties, of course!”

Both companies will also have the opportunity to pitch at the next GOOSE Society investment  meeting, which can present an even bigger opportunity.

Samantha commented on what a great experience “the geese” had in College Station and is excited about growing the relationship between TNVC and the GOOSE Society.  “GOOSE cares about the Texas ecosystem and TNVC is just another way we can do our part to boost entrepreneurship in the state and help startup companies.”

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The Rice Business Plan Competition and GOOSE have Deep Roots

The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is the largest and richest graduate-level student startup competition in the world.  Since its inception in 2001, RBPC has grown from 9 competing teams with $10,000 in prize money to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and investment prizes.  In 2005, as a way to support budding entrepreneurs and give back to the Houston community, Jack Gill and 4 other investors decided to form the GOOSE Society and give the grand prize at RBPC.  The GOOSE grand prize is now $300,000 with the potential of a much larger investment.

The early successes of GOOSE and RBPC are closely linked as both organizations helped the other to scale.  Over the thirteen year partnership, the Rice Alliance (RBPC) and the GOOSE Society have helped Rice Entrepreneurship climb to #2 in rankings published by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Out of the twelve winners since GOOSE’s inception, there have been 4 successful exits with the most recent being Adhesys Medical (formerly Medical Adhesive Revolution).  Another noteworthy exit was Auditude which sold to Adobe.  Overall, RBPC winners have returned 2x more capital to the GOOSE Society than invested.

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The GOOSE Society and 2017 RBPC Winner Forest Devices.  The GOOSE Society invested the $300,000 grand prize and an additional $1.7 million bringing total investment to $2,000,000.

Click here to vote for the 2018 $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Sofihttps://poll.fbapp.io/rbpc-2018-poll

The GOOSE Society of Texas is an organization dedicated to the education and funding of entrepreneurs.  We are headquartered in Houston, TX and are dedicated to helping build the Houston entrepreneurial and startup funding ecosystem.

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Anthony George to Join the GOOSE Society

We are pleased to announce that Anthony George, CEO of Nautical Control Solutions, is joining the GOOSE Society of Texas.  Anthony has spent twenty-five years in the fields of automation and control systems engineering and marine fuel management systems as an entrepreneur and inventor.  Nautical Control Solutions owns the FuelTrax line of Marine Fuel Management products and Anthony holds patents in US, Canada, and Europe.  FuelTrax is the first and most advanced, end-to-end, marine fuel measuring, monitoring and reporting system on the market today.  Installed on several hundred vessels world-wide, the company is growing rapidly.

Prior to Nautical Control Solutions, Anthony founded Control Dynamics International (CDI) which managed automation engineering practices in the lumber, food, cement and oil and gas industries.  During his tenure as President of CDI, Anthony had a few stand-out accomplishments including:

  • Picture1Inventing and patenting, in conjunction with ExxonMobil, the Universal Master Control Station that controls all aspects of sub-sea oil and gas production and greatly enhances the control and flexibility oil companies now enjoy in deep water fields.
  • Inventing, in conjunction with Frito-Lay, the automation equipment responsible for the Scoop Chip.

CDI was sold to a publicly traded engineering company in 2001.

Anthony grew up in Beaumont, TX and now resides in The Woodlands, TX.  He is passionate about education and takes an active board level role in Christian school organizations.   He is currently the Board President of The Woodlands Christian Academy and has sat on the board of or founded multiple entrepreneurial organizations including The Woodlands Entrepreneurs Organization and CICE at Lamar University.

He is happily married to Michelle George and has two sons, Blake and Grant.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Electrical Engineering Concentration and a minor in Computer Science from Lamar University.  He completed Rice University’s Corporate Financial Management Executive Education course 1999.

Members of the GOOSE Society of Texas invest a minimum of $350,000 – $500,000 annually and must have a passion for getting deeply involved in startup operations and helping GOOSE portfolio startups and the Houston entrepreneurial ecosystem succeed.

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Director Appointed to GOOSE Society

To further the mission to recognize, study, promote, teach, practice, support and celebrate entrepreneurship, GOOSE has moved into a new phase of organization and structure.  Samantha Lewis, a Rice MBA, is the newly appointed Director of the GOOSE Society and shares the goal to grow the Houston startup ecosystem (bio below).  Jack Gill will remain involved as Chairman, Jay Collins will serve a one-year term as President and Larry Lawson, Ashok Rao, Brian Patterson, and David Klein will serve on the Board of Directors.


 

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Samantha’s passion is entrepreneurship and building the Houston start-up ecosystem. Before attending Rice Business school, she successfully started two ventures, one of which she recently exited. The other company, New Mexico Green Chile Co, generates over $3 million in annual revenue and boasts of customers like Torchy’s Tacos and HEB.  Samantha’s position at the GOOSE Society allows her access to high growth, scalable start-ups and the opportunity to help build the Houston start-up ecosystem.

During her time at Rice Business, she helped launch two tech start-ups, worked with a start-up private equity firm, participated in the Rice Alliance accelerator OwlSpark, and interned at Station Houston.  Samantha pitched at five business plan competitions including the Rice Business Plan Competition and the Rice Launch Competition where her start-up, Trace Matters, won the $10,000 first place prize.  She received the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship, the National Association of Women MBA’s Scholarship, and the Jones Citizen Award. Her peers elected her as Alumni Class Ambassador for the full-time Class of 2017.  Her favorite position at Rice was as President of the Rice Business Wine Club, a position she used to host the inaugural Rice Business Wine Tasting Competition.

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