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ResponderX Earns RVP Prize at A&M New Ventures Competition

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Research Valley Partnership awarded a $10,000 Launch Prize to ResponderX on Thursday, May 17 as part of the 2018 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition.
 
ResponderX President and Founder Andrew Jarrett and Director of Client Relations Cody Blount accepted the award from the RVP’s president and CEO, Matt Prochaska. The Partnership is a gold sponsor of this year’s event, which was held at Kyle Field.
 
“We are grateful both for the Research Valley Partnership’s sponsorship of TNVC as well as the added prize awarded to ResponderX,” said Cody Blount, Director of Client Relations at ResponderX. “We look forward to continuing to work with the RVP as we continue our progress towards bringing the ResponderX system to market.”
 
Founded in 2015, ResponderX is working to create new and innovative safety solutions for emergency services professionals. The work stemmed from a February 2013 fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan. Two firefighters were killed. Two others were seriously injured.
 
With the goal of preventing other tragedies, ResponderX is developing technologies for first responders so they have more information about each other and circumstances they are encountering. Jarrett and Blount each have years of firefighter and paramedic experience.
 
At the A&M New Ventures Competition, Blount presented ResponderX’s TaskForceTracker, a device that would be worn by personnel on the scenes of emergencies to provide location and condition information to commanders. The company touts the device’s versatility in different environments and its independence from radio repeaters, internet connectivity and third-party hardware. The data can also be transmitted in real-time for review off-site and after events.
 
“We’re pleased that ResponderX is this year’s Launch Prize winner,” Prochaska said. “Our goal was to recognize a company that is making strides in innovation, and although this company was formed as the result of a tragic incident locally, their work is inspiring to us and speaks to the values of service so evident within this community.”
 
The A&M New Ventures Competition is put on each year by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station with support from the university’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. It recognizes Texas-based companies with high-growth potential and promotes the commercialization of emerging technologies.
 
Companies that enter the competition must be independent ventures focused on technology or science and in the pre-seed/seed, start-up or early growth stages seeking outside equity capital. They can not have more than $250,000 of sales revenue.
 
ResponderX also won a $5,000 first place award for Blount’s one-minute “elevator pitch” of the TaskForceTracker to judges.
 
For more information about the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition, visit texasnvc.org. More on ResponderX is at responderx.com.
 
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About The Research Valley Partnership
The Research Valley Partnership is a public-private economic development corporation serving the citizens of Brazos County, Texas. The Partnership pursues economic growth in the county without regard to jurisdiction through its programs, services and initiatives to help launch, grow and locate companies in Brazos County.