AdventGX hosts Director of the Texas Music Office of the Governor


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The Advent GX team was recently honored with a visit from Brendon Anthony, the newly appointed Director of the Texas Music Office at the Office of the Governor. Mr. Anthony toured all of our current downtown projects, including the 140-year-old Grand Stafford Theater where, it turns out, he once performed early in his music career.  We were honored to have him back at the Stafford and supporting community development just one week into his new role as Director of the Texas Music Office.

The Texas Music Office (TMO) is a state-funded business promotion office and information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry.  The office promotes the development of the music industry in the state by informing members of that industry and the public about the resources available in the state for music production. The TMO is the sister office to the Texas Film Commission, both of which are within the Office of the Governor.

In the Fall of 2012 Advent GX opened the Grand Stafford Theater in a 140-year-old building located in Historic Downtown Bryan as a community development project showcasing the economic potential of the arts and heritage preservation. The theater, now featuring state of the art sound and lighting equipment, has been host to Grammy-award winning artists, up-and-coming talent, and local musicians across a wide variety of genre.

Leadership Brazos Tours Bryan Community Development Campus

Yesterday our AdventGX team had the privilege of hosting this year’s Leadership Brazos graduating class for a tour of some our local community development initiatives.

After a brief introduction by AdventGX President, Jose Quintana, the group began the grand tour, which is not for the faint of heart or those wearing uncomfortable shoes. Starting at the SEAD Gallery, our guests had the opportunity to choose their favorite “Character” from Marie-Renee Hoek’s exhibit in the SEAD Gallery and see a live demonstrations of the ArtInteractive app. Following, the group was taken to the Innovation Underground, AdventGX’s private small business incubator, where they were briefed on the various businesses currently supported and even snapped a picture with the Innovation Underground’s mascot, the Innovation Crow.

Then it was time to take a stroll to Main Street where the tour made a brief stop at Grand Stafford Theater, a live performance venue and current AdventGX project. The tour made it’s final stop at Amity Project where our guests were given an up-close and personal introduction to adaptive reuse and were updated on the excited plans we have for the newly acquired space.

Leadership Brazos is a program of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce. The class, led by Mike Record, is made up of community members and business owners within the Brazos Valley that have the desire to learn more about our area including its rich history and heritage as well area arts and culture. Following their time at AdventGX, the Leadership Brazos cohort had the oppurtunity to hear from Art 979 founder, Kristi Petty and tour Arsenal Tattoo.

Open Worldwide Innovation Network – Technology Mission 2014

On Tuesday, October 21st, representatives from the Belgian-based Wallonia Foreign Trade and Export Agency (AWEX) stopped by the Innovation Underground as a part of their visit with the Research Valley Partnership (RVP).

AWEX is a Belgian government agency that specializes in stimulating local economic activity, specifically among universities and research centers. Similarly, RVP prioritizes economic development utilizing the Texas A&M University system; together, these two entities form the Research Valley International Gateway. This collaboration has allowed the efforts of both entities to be recognized and implemented on a global level, making the impacts reach an international audience.

The Innovation Underground’s mission to encourage entrepreneurship, both on a local and global level, makes us a proud supporter of AWEX. The IU was pleased to host our new friends in Historic Downtown Bryan for company presentations at the SEAD Gallery and later at Grand Stafford Theater for a happy hour.

To learn more about Open Worldwide Innovation Network, visit their website at openiwin.com

Member Spotlight: Florita Bell Griffin’s Little Flower™

Florita Bell Griffin’s Little Flower™ is an International Cultural Art Project focused on curbing the corrosive tide of childhood bullying, and celebrating the diversity and imagination of children from around the world. Using art, music, spoken narrative, video games, and written word-separate, yet corresponding components of Transmedia communication, the Little Flower™ ventures are designed to inspire creativity and build self -esteem in tween, pre-teen and teen-age youth, while pushing forward the idea of integration and interconnectivity of all things aural, sensory, tactile, and visual.

The Project, slated to launch in early 2015, is comprised of creative ventures that include: Children of the World Storybook and Educational Series (four dual-languages), Little Flower Lyric 4-Inspirational Rap Music, Children of The World Art Series, Children of The World Original Art Doll Series, Little Flower Dream World in Minecraft, and The Little Flower Transmedia Collaborative.

To learn more about Little Flower ™, or any of our other Innovation Underground Members, visit our Member’s Page.

Member Spotlight: Kinzbach & Associates

Innovation Underground’s newest member, Kinzbach & Associates, is a business consulting firm specializing in inventory and logistics, as well as business operations and management. Their team provides a hands-on consulting approach that implements custom, cost-effective, long-term solution strategies for each business and individual.

Kinzbach & Associates genuinely has family values at heart, as the company was developed by a father-daughter duo. CEO and Principal advisor – Brad Kinzbach, CPC, ELI-MP – has more than 35 years of experience understanding business priorities and contributing to business development and revenue-producing activities. Sarah Kinzbach, Chief of Operations, provides a fresh outlook on business, combining her creative skills with a seasoned resume that includes Associate Editor of the local Insite Magazine.

Working alongside a talented team, Brad and Sarah are committed to serving the community’s business needs. Their consultants specialize in all areas of business operations and management, including accounting, warehousing, human resources, and more. “If we are unable to offer assistance, we’ll help locate someone who can,” says Brad. Kinzbach & Associates is committed to the success of every individual or business, regardless of size, location or profit-margin.

To learn more about Kinzbach & Associates and find contact information for a free, confidential assessment, visit our members page.

Meet Minio Labs!

Today’s  Smartphones are powerful enough to put a man on the moon, but we usually limit their use to sending text messages and browsing the web. Additionally, when new models come out, we simply throw the current ones away. Imagine the possibilities if you could use the computer in your pocket to its full potential? With Innovation Underground’s newest member, Minio Labs, you can! Discover all the possibilities using your mobile device: control your DIY projects, take measurements using existing sensors and play games free from limitations.

Using a small, external attachment, Minio enables you to make your device into whatever you dream it could be. Traditionally, your phone is locked into the hardware installed by the manufacturer. With Minio, however, users can unlock the potential of hardware IO blocks instead of conforming to standard boundaries. The Minio SDK even allows you to incorporate your custom hardware blocks into your apps.

Customization has never been easier (or more fun): with Minio, you can connect your smartphone to hardware that you create. Not only will your projects become truly mobile, but your smartphone can now be an extension of your project and your imagination.

To learn more about Minio Labs, or any of our other Innovation Underground members, visit our members page.

Member Spotlight: Gratitude Initiative

The Innovation Underground is honored to introduce their newest non-profit member, Gratitude Initiative (GI). GI’s mission is to provide college scholarships and educational support to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country. Over a decade of conflict and involvement in two wars has placed a stress on military and veteran households that is unparalleled in our nation’s history. GI and its supporters strive to ease some of the burden on these patriot families by helping their children achieve life-changing opportunities through education. Their main activities are:

1. Award scholarship funds to children to attend college or technical school to help make their future dreams come true without the burden of many years of school debt.

2. Provide educational services and support to help military children achieve their educational and career goals.

3. Raise awareness and provide services to help children cope with the challenges brought on by having a mother or father deployed overseas for military service or dealing with the disability or death of a parent due to combat action.

4. Host summer camps at affiliated universities for high school students to help bolster college readiness, celebrate being a teenager, and relieve some of the burdens brought on by the weight of a family involved in war.

The Innovation Underground Team joined forces with Gratitude Initiative last summer after serving together as mentors for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

To learn more about GI, visit our members page.

HireOurHero.com Honors Heroes With Employment

US Disabled Veteran and entrepreneur, Brandon Bunch, has launched Hire Our Hero ­ a platform to help homeowners and citizens at large hire trusted professionals in their community such as realtors, plumbers, and electricians. This marketplace seeks to honor our Heroes’ service by increasing business opportunities and additional income

Bunch is a member of the Innovation Underground, a technology small business incubator located in Historic Downtown Bryan Texas. A year ago, Bunch founded Hire our Hero after attending the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, part of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship offered through the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Today, Hire Our Hero is pleased to begin the recruitment of local “Heroes.”

Brandon Bunch served in the Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004 and now serves as a firefighter paramedic in Austin.

The Innovation Underground is a privately owned business incubator located in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas. The Innovation Underground was established in 2011 by AdventGX . Since it’s founding, The Innovation Underground has successfully graduated four start­up companies and remains at full capacity with current small businesses while also continuing to support new clients through virtual, off­site incubation.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is a one week program offers training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post­9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. EBV at Texas A&M University is a significant collaboration on our campus between the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and the Center for Executive Development and Mays Business School.

Relevant Web Links:

­ Hire Our hero: ­ hireourhero.com
­ Innovation Underground: ­ iu.adventgx.com
­ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: ebv.tamu.edu

 

SEAD Academy To Host Entrepreneurship Camp for Kids

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SEAD Academy is pleased to announce the addition of NEST Kids to their summer programming. NEST Kids is a one week crash course in entrepreneurship. Using the project management tools of today’s technology leaders, the NEST Kids staff will guide teams of children ages 12-16  as they turn ideas into prototypes.

NEST Kids was founded by NEST’up, a technology accelerator program and incubator space located in Wallonia, Belgium. NEST Kids Co-Founder, Marc Lainez, has served as an instructor and project mentor since it’s founding in 2013. This summer Marc has joined forces with the Innovation Underground team in Historic Downtown Bryan to put on the very first US edition of NEST Kids.

The Innovation Underground is a privately owned business incubator located in Historic Downtown Bryan, 216 W. 26th Street. The Innovation Underground was established in 2011 by AdventGX . Since it’s founding, The Innovation Underground has successfully graduated four start-up companies and remains at full capacity with current small businesses while continuing to support new clients through virtual, off-site incubation.

SEAD Academy is a project that aims to integrate Science, Engineering, Art and Design into camps and classes for kids grades K-12. SEAD Academy was founded in 2013 by the AdventGX. Last summer, SEAD Academy hosted 150 students as they participated in immersive interdisciplinary classes.

NEST Kids is a one-week course for children aged 12-16 and will run from June 23-27. This program gives participants the opportunity to learn from experts and software developers. Kids will use tools from the startup world to bring ideas to life. NEST Kids aims to help children express their creativity and develop their ability to solve the problems that surround them.

 

Relevant Web Links:

– SEAD Academy –http://bit.ly/SEAD-Summer

– Innovation Underground – iu.adventgx.com

– NEST Kids – http://www.nestup.be/

FrogSlayer Joins the Innovation Underground

The Innovation Underground is pleased to announce their newest member, FrogSlayer. FrogSlayer is an employee-owned software consulting company whose roots date back to 2005. Their company philosophy centers around recruiting, growing and retaining the best rising software talent they can find.

FrogSlayer has a growing team of engineers, a seasoned advisory board, and a founder dedicated to bringing the right people together to create one of the best software companies to work for and with. Recently, FrogSlayer was named the #1 Small Employer in Texas Monthly’s “Best Companies to Work for in Texas.” Additionally as an Aggie owned and operated company, FrogSlayer has also taken it’s place on the esteemed Aggie 100 list of fastest growing companies.

FrogSlayer is active in the BCS community, participating and sponsoring community events such as the Software Developer’s Cartel. To learn more about FrogSlayer, or any of our other Innovation Underground members,  visit our members page.