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GOOSE Portfolio Company wins MedTech Innovator Competition

Forest Devices, a GOOSE portfolio company, was voted MedTech Innovator 2019.  GOOSE invested over $2M in Forest Devices after the team won the Rice Business Plan Competition Grand Prize of $300,000.  GOOSE is incredibly proud of how hard this team has worked and excited for their future.  See below for the full press release.

Forest Devices & GOOSE at RBPC

Boston, MA (September 25, 2019), 1:14PM — Forest Devices, Inc., a startup medical device company developing the first portable stroke screening technology, has won the MedTech Innovator 2019 Showcase. Forest competed alongside a field of 800 other medical device companies for the title of “MedTech Innovator 2019.” In addition, Forest Devices received a $350,000 grand prize award.

MedTech Innovator is the industry’s non-profit global competition for medical devices, digital health, and diagnostic companies. Over 800 companies applied for this year’s program. Of those, 50 were selected to take part in the Medtech Innovator Showcase, and just five were chosen for a final pitch competition at the Medtech Conference in Boston, MA. On Tuesday, September 24th, Matt Kesinger, CEO, delivered the winning pitch. Upon accepting the award, Kesinger said, “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the medtech community, especially given the other fantastic finalists in the competition. The funding will support us in bringing our game-changing technology to market.”

Forest Devices would like to thank Medtech Innovator for the opportunities, network, and resources provided through the program over the past few months. The company would also like to extend its gratitude to its investors, employees, and advisors who have made this possible.
Founded in 2015, Forest Devices, Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based medical device startup company that is developing AlphaStroke, the first device designed to detect stroke in any environment. The mission of Forest Devices is to reduce the disability of stroke victims by getting these patients needed treatments faster.

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GOOSE Portfolio Co NuMat Receives $9M contract with US Army

NuMat Technologies received a $9 million contract from the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command Chemical and Biological Center (RDECOM C&B).  The contract is to develop and manufacture the next-generation materials that will protect and sustain the warfighter.

NuMat is the first company in the world to commercialize MOF’s (metal organic frameworks), applying them first in the electronics and speciality gas sectors, but with potential applications in life sciences, energy and industrial sectors.  With the new funding, NuMat will build the world’s first dedicated, commercial-scale manufacturing site for MOF’s and a state-of-the-art application development lab for next-generation filtration and purification technologies.

NuMat Technologies a U.S. based tech company innovating at the intersection of high-performance computing, chemistry, and engineered systems.  NuMat’s technology is from Northwestern University and the team won the 2012 Rice Business Plan CompetitionJay Collins, GOOSE President, is on their Board of Directors.

GOOSE Portfolio Company SiNode Enters $4.5M Joint Venture

SiNode Systems, a Chicago-based developer of advanced materials out of Northwestern, and JNC Corporation, a Tokyo-based speciality chemical manufacturer, announced the formation of NanoGraf Corporation, a joint venture focused on commercializing materials for the Lithium-ion battery industry.  NanoGraf Corporation launches with $4.5 million and plans to expand commercial production and continue the development of additional materials platforms.

NanoGraf’s technology enhances the performance of battery materials via a proprietary graphene-wrapped silicon anode and can improve battery energy density by 50%.

Ashok Rao, Board Member of both SiNode and the GOOSE Society, was an integral part of the negotiations.  GOOSE invested in SiNode Systems after the company won the grand prize at the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, TX.

See NanoGraf’s media page for the full press release.

 

 

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GOOSE Society Summer Investment Meeting

This past Thursday, June 21, 2018 the GOOSE Society of Texas hosted their summer investment meeting at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.  The geese hosted eight companies, two special guest speakers who provided a venture capital community update and swore in a new GOOSE member!

Alex Wesley, CEO of Arovia, on stage at the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition where his company took home the grand prize.

Out of the eight companies presenting GOOSE heard from many different verticals located in 4 different geographies, including Silicon Valley, China, and of course, Houston. The industries presented were consumer electronics, artificial intelligence, robotics, medical devices, and lastly manufacturing in specialty chemicals.  The GOOSE Society was pleased to have hosted Forest Devices, the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) winner that is working towards the better treatment of stroke patients with their device, AlphaStroke.  The group also heard from the two GOOSE Society Prize winners of the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition, Arovia and M&S Biotics.

The special attendees were Gina Luna & Russ Capper who represented Houston Exponential (HX), an independent 501C-3 organization that supports the growth of the Houston innovation economy. HX leads on the opportunities that require collaboration across the ecosystem, champions the ecosystem by telling the innovation story of the region and its firms, and it builds and attracts the resources the innovation economy needs to thrive. Along with strong momentum powered by fourteen working groups operated with over two-hundred active volunteers from over fifty major corporations, HX has achieved a major milestone with its new innovation district. This 9.4 acre, $100 million redevelopment by Rice University of the Sears building in Midtown is expected to be complete in two years and will bring a district of dense, mixed used space that attracts talent and creates collisions among entrepreneurs, investors, academics and other ecosystem players.

The GOOSE Society of Texas is also thrilled to have sworn in a new member, Cris Gaut, the Chairman and CEO at Forum Energy Technologies!

The GOOSE Society of Texas looks forward to its next investment meeting in September.

 

Special thanks to Blake George, GOOSE Analyst for writing this update.

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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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