10 best startups in Austin at SXSWi

The interactive part of the SXSW festival kicked off in Austin on March 7, 2014.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s no secret Austin’s startup scene is booming. Capital Factory, a local startup incubator, showcased their favorite Austin startups explaining why they’re investing in them and why you should too:


aceableThis startup is changing the required education scene by adding games, entertainment but most importantly mobility to courses. This month, they will launch their first application letting Texas teens complete their driver’s education state requirements through in-app points and rewards, animation, story and videos.




cratejoySubscription e-commerce has been booming lately, but a lot of sub-com companies starting up run into costly issues with their managing systems. Cratejoy was created as a simple way to design storefronts, with ready to use themes or help designing a completely new one. Cratejoy customers also get analytics from a team of experts to optimize get more subscribers.





famigoChildren have more access to the internet than ever before, but with the rise of mobile technologies it’s getting harder and harder for parents to control the kind of content they’re exposed to. Famigo enables parents to block unwanted content, but it also gathers information from children’s browsing history to send them more of the content they want.




Local Plant Source

local plant source
This startup is geared specifically towards landscape architects and designers, and plant nurseries, growers and vendors. Landscapers need to know what plants are going to be available and at what price, and growers need to know what to plant but until know this has been mostly a guessing game. Local Plant Source takes the guessing out by bridging the communication gap between these two groups. Growers are informed on what plant will be in demand and landscapers get the product they want reducing costs and increasing productivity.



Loop & Tie

loopandtieLoop & Tie is another startup that takes the guessing out of something we all do: gift-giving. Founder Sara Rodell said corporate gifting has become impersonal, expensive and time-consuming but Loop & Tie customers give gifts with personal messages, and the receiver has the option of swapping out for another gift. They enter their own shipping information, so all the gifter needs is an email address.


mahanaThis startup created an easy way to find the best restaurants around you and see what the wait time is at each one. Mahana customers can also get rewards for being loyal to certain restaurants by getting free appetizers, invitations to private events and priority seating. Founders Bryan Menell and Richard Bagdonas also created a point-of-sale product for restaurant owners and servers to know when Mahana customers are there that pulls up their preferences for a more personalized experience.










nuhabitatThis startup calls itself the “next generation of real estate search” because it provides transparent real-time MLS data for buyers that was until now, only available to real estate agents. This application provides more accurate and updated information than real estate websites that can take days to update their information. Capital Factory said this system will put the power in the buyers’ hands.





railyardThis startup gets competitive quotes from multiple service providers so they can find the right service at the best price. It bridges the gap between commercial building owners and telecom service providers by providing an online marketplace.








Founder Nate McGuire calls his business the “Air bnb for bikes.” Spokefly is a bike-rental subscription service that lets users share bikes with each other – no end points, no time limit. Users rent a bike finding which one is closest to them through the Spokefly app. At the end of each ride, users check-in their bike’s location through the app GPS. Bike owners get paid when their bike is used by Spokefly members.





weevaThis startup allows users to collect and preserve memories together. Members create tapestries with friends and family members, that is, collections of stories of the people, places and experiences you’ve shared. Everyone’s stories are weaved together and the collection is then turned into a keepsake. Founder Kim Gorsuch said they target the tapestry starters, which will then pull their friends and family into their project.

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