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GOOSE Portfolio Company and Houston based start-up, Fluidity, officially launched last week right in time for the Holiday season! Fluidity is revolutionizing drone control and their first product is the FT Aviator:  a game-changing drone controller designed by former NASA astronaut, Scott Parazynski and a team of Rice MBA’s. The controller is an intuitive, single-handed design that eliminates the complexity of dual thumb controllers, has advanced camera controls for high-quality photo and video capture, and is compatible with most DJI drones. Fluidity was also named as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree.  You can be one of the first to order the FT ...
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The Department of Energy’s National Business Competition The U.S. Energy Department’s (DOE’s) Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) looks to inspire and equip young clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators by providing them with competitive funding for business development and other opportunities. In the previous week, The Energy Department held its Cleantech UP, at a national business competition on June 27-28, 2018 at Rice University within the Jones Graduate School of Business. Twenty-Three teams came together to compete for the 1st place, grand prize of $50,000. The competition was divided into two separate days, the 1st was a pre-judging practice round. This ...
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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, ...
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“Success is not measured by your position in life, but by what you have overcome and made out of it.” – Lawson Each year 10 to 12 individuals receive a lifetime membership in the Horatio Alger Association with the presentation of the Horatio Alger Award. The Award symbolizes the Association’s values, including personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to to excellence, belief in the free-enterprise system and importance of higher education, community service, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future. The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded ...
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 The Texas Medical Center, Houston –  TMC is the world’s largest medical center with over 100,000 employees and 170,000 operations performed each year. With a center larger than even the 2nd and 3rd medical centers combined, it has never been faster and easier to drive from lab research to operation room in minutes. TMCx is an accelerator that aims “to advance the development of health and medical technology companies by connecting visionary entrepreneurs to the abundant resources of the Texas Medical Center.” Cody Simmons, CEO of DermaSensor Yesterday TMCx hosted the 2018 Digital Health Demo Day.  Prior to the start ...
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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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Thank you to TNVC for providing this press release! —- [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. Houston–based Arovia, creators of the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (SPUD), was awarded a GOOSE Society investment prize, as ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Samantha Lewis, Rice MBA, 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. Samantha’s passion is entrepreneurship and building the Houston start-up ecosystem. Before attending Rice Business school, she ...
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