We're thrilled to announce the finalists for the A-LIST Awards, which highlight the most innovative and successful companies in the area.

Join us on Tuesday, April 18th for a night of excitement and entrepreneurship as we reveal the 2023 finalists of the A-LIST Awards. The event will feature an awesome keynote discussion with a distinguished guest speaker.

In addition to the keynote discussion, you'll get to meet with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders in the Austin startup scene. It's an opportunity to connect with potential partners, mentors, and customers and to build relationships that can help take your business to the next level.

So, mark your calendar, grab your tickets, and get ready for a night of celebration and inspiration. Let's celebrate the incredible companies that are putting Austin on the map and learn from the best in the business.

As a reminder, this is NOT the A-LIST awards ceremony. After judging many great nominations, we have selected 4-6 companies per category to move forward as finalists. These finalists will be recognized at our awards ceremony on May 23rd at the Long Center where one winner per category will be revealed. You can learn more about the celebration here.

Featured Discussion
  • Fran Harris, Moderator

    Fran Harris has been a champion on and off the court for more than 20 years. A former Procter & Gamble health and beauty sales executive, who built Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC into a formidable training, coaching, and consulting company with current or past clients that include more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, top universities, startups, and organizations in over 10 countries, and events produced by the NCAA, NACA, NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, and many other amateur, college and professional sports events.

    She has appeared on The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, BET, TV One, Oprah's Radio Network, America's Next Great Restaurant, and recently appeared on ABC's hit reality business show, Shark Tank, pitching her new sports drink company, Electra, available at iDrinkElectra.com

    She earned a BA and MA in Journalism from The University of Texas, and a Masters of Science in Tech Commercialization from UT's McCombs School of Business. An adjunct professor in UT's Advertising dept., Fran recently earned a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida. She's the author of more than 20 books, and a filmmaker whose next film, "A League Of Our Own", a documentary about women's professional basketball, debuts in 2023 under Fran Harris Studios banner.

  • Bill Gurley

    Bill Gurley has spent over 20 years as a General Partner at Benchmark, joining in 1999. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston.

    Over his venture career, he has worked with such companies as GrubHub, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Stitch Fix, Uber, and Zillow.

    Education: BS in computer science from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Texas. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bill is a board trustee at the Santa Fe Institute, a research and education center focused on the study and understanding of complex adaptive systems.

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