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Innovation Hub Awards More Than $250,000 to Accelerator Startups

Kathryn Dankesreiter

April 20, 2023


The seventh cohort of the Texas Tech Accelerator Program has been selected.

Winners of Texas Tech University's Accelerator Competition and Social Innovation Challenge were announced Friday (April 14), with the Innovation Hub at Research Park awarding more than $250,000 and announcing the seventh cohort of the Accelerator Program

After a month of interviews and mentorship opportunities, the 17 finalists spent the day presenting their pitches to a panel of judges in Texas Tech's very own “Shark Tank” style competition. 

Taysha Williams, managing director of the Innovation Hub, announced the winners and the seventh cohort of the Accelerator Program at the Discoveries to Impact Closing Party later in the evening. Each of the 10 winners received a $25,000 award and a place in the year-long Accelerator Program, which offers professional mentorship and other benefits through the Innovation Hub's extensive network. 

During a luncheon Thursday and Friday's Closing Party, finalists also were allowed a one-minute elevator pitch to the crowd for a chance to win each day's People's Choice Award. AbbyRose and Hometown Hats Co. were each awarded $500 after being selected as the daily winners by popular vote. 

2023 Texas Tech Accelerator Program Winners

New American Fabric (NAF) | The NAF selenium fabric technology can be covalently attached to cotton and then can catalytically generate superoxide radicals that kill bacteria without harming tissue.



Terra-Form | Terra-Form is pushing the development of mechanized formworks for sustainable rammed earth construction applications around the globe to reduce cost, carbon footprint and overall energy consumption.


  • Steve Guzman (Texas Tech University System (TTU System) alumnus, community entrepreneur)
  • Jody Hicks (TTU System alumnus, community entrepreneur)


AbbyRose | A patented phone case rack called the Rose Rack that showcases your phone cases in an organized and aesthetic way.                                                     



G&G Ranch | G&G Ranch was founded with a commitment to reduce labor requirements and financial inputs of organically growing specialty crops utilizing a protective, overhead crop-netting system consisting of a suspended, full-enclosure insect net around a crop canopy.



Riskcuers | Riskcuers is creating a platform to automatically measure susceptibility of employees to social engineering attacks for the purpose of estimating the premium of coverage for data insurance.


  • Akbar Namin (Texas Tech faculty)
  • Keith Jones (Texas Tech faculty)
  • Saroj Gopali (Texas Tech doctoral student)


Moneta | Moneta provides a software app for managing systems safety according to the High Reliability Organization (HRO) paradigm.



AuroraX LLC | Inkjet-printed super-capacitors for solid-state energy storage solution that is safe, inexpensive, quick to recharge, high energy density, and does not degrade.


  • Bashir Morshed (Texas Tech faculty)
  • Moriom R. Momota (Texas Tech doctoral student) 


Pontos | Pontos is a collapsible kayak that increases the accessibility of outdoor recreation and paddle sports.


  • Adam Mulsow (Texas Tech alumni)
  • Amanda Mulsow (community member)
  • Will Bednarz (community member)
  • Lindsey Ring (community member)


Dymedrop | Dymedrop is a platform for selling content-rich tickets for event based-attractions. 


  • Blake Hicks (Texas Tech alumnus)
  • Brooke Hicks (community member)


Valkyrie UAS Solutions | Valkyrie UAS Solutions will develop a national blueprint for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations that will further enable rural healthcare, tele-health services and shielded unmanned aircraft systems corridors.                                                            


  • Tyson Harmon (community entrepreneur)
  • Catherine Self (community member)



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