2015 Impact Awards

Three emerging technology companies will be spotlighted at this year’s TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards on Wednesday, May 13 at Texas Christian University.
The IMPACT Awards recognize and celebrate the global impact of emerging technologies in North Texas.
The luncheon is a celebration of clients and graduates of TECH Fort Worth programs, and portfolio companies of Cowtown Angels, a program of TECH Fort Worth that brings together independent angel investors and early-stage companies needing capital. Three emerging technology companies will be spotlighted during the seventh annual event:
• BearTek Gloves manufactures innovative protective gloves that allow remote access and control of target devices. These feature-rich gloves allow users to conveniently and safely control their Bluetooth devices and GoPro products. Simple touches of the thumb to the appropriate finger will activate the desired function on the target device. The interchangeable modules plug into a connector inside the glove’s zipper pocket.
• The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company provides golfers with precision scoring clubs – nine irons and wedges. Most recently, golf club designers have been obsessed with distance. The new Ben Hogan irons and wedges make no such sacrifices. The company has combined the shot-making genius of Hogan with the power of today’s game to provide irons and wedges with the distance you want, while also giving you the precision, accuracy and playability that Hogan demanded.
• Encore Vision is developing the world’s first treatment for presbyopia, which is the lost ability of the lens inside the eye to change shape in response to a visual stimulus allowing focus on nearby objects. Think reading glasses. There is no treatment for presbyopia. Encore Vision is working toward a (liquid) solution.
“Because TECH Fort Worth’s influence in the region’s technology ecosystem has grown tremendously, we like to give recognition to our clients that already are achieving measurable success,” said TECH Fort Worth Executive Director Darlene Boudreaux. “These entrepreneurs are working to better our world and the opportunity to shine this spotlight on them is gratifying.”
Al Guillem, President of ZS Pharma, a graduate of TECH Fort Worth, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will be “From $0 to $1 Billion: How We Did It.” ZS Pharma raised more than $100 million during its IPO last year and has a valuation of approximately $1 billion.
A Client Showcase, sponsored by Comerica Bank, opens the luncheon activities at 10:00 am; attendees have an opportunity to visit with TECH Fort Worth clients, and in some cases, see their work.
Luncheon registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch starts at 11:30. Returning to emcee is Jim Lacamp, senior vice president of investments at UBS. Lacamp is co-host of a Dallas-Fort Worth financial radio show, frequent television investment expert and a member of Cowtown Angels.
Sponsors of TECH Fort Worth include the city of Fort Worth, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press, Sabre, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Lockheed Martin, Dell, TriNet and the Neeley School of Business at TCU.2015