New ATI Director Mitch Jacobson highlights ATI’s focus on “deep tech.”
Today’s Austin Business Journal featured a story on new leadership at the Austin Technology Incubator.
Mitch Jacobson, who has led the ATI Clean Energy Incubator since 2009, was named in October as director of ATI.
Highlights of the article:
“We’re doubling down on this type of ‘deep tech,’ where we’re trying to solve really hard problems with tech solutions” — something Austin’s other incubators and accelerators aren’t doing, Jacobson said. “And we intend to be a better and more influential partner in the community’s startup arena.” …
“We also want to improve our efforts working within UT, across all disciplines, to find technologies developed here that we can commercialize to tackle challenges like carbon capture, city-utility water leaks and the reuse of water in fracking.” …
Linking the inherent expertise that spans so many spheres within UT itself — and with the greater Austin community — is key to what differentiates ATI among the rest of the incubators and accelerators in the Texas capital, said Gregory Pogue, interim executive director of UT’s IC² Institute. ATI operates within the institute.
“Taking advantage of that allows us to work more solidly toward solving the most difficult problems with deep tech,” Pogue said. …
New people in charge of ATI’s focus areas:
Dr. Lisa McDonald, biological and health sciences
Richard Amato and Dr. Michael Webber, clean energy
Dr. Mark Sanders, transportation and mobility and water
Dr. Charles Upshaw, who specializes in the internet-of-things within water
ABJ subscribers can read the full article.
Read more about the ATI team on the Austin Technology Incubator website.