AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Young Chamber, in partnership with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, congratulates G180, LLC, winner of the Austin Fast Start pitch competition that took place in-person on Monday, July 18th at Capital Factory.
G180, LLC is a swimwear brand built around their core product which is a reinvented personal flotation device. Their goal is to make PFD’s apart of everyday swimwear attire and one day eliminate drowning deaths as a statistic.
“I’m super honored to have won the Fast Start Pitch Competition hosted by the Austin Young Chamber. This is only the start of G180 making waves. I couldn’t be prouder of the products, and I’m humbled by the judges and audience members’ response to them. G180, LLC has one soul purpose – that’s to eliminate drowning death and last night was evidence that we’ve got what it takes! We are going to use these resources and support from vcfo, Capital Factory, the City of Austin’s Small Business Program and the Austin Young Chamber to finish the production of the Perfect Ten Flotation Device and start the testing and rating process through the UL and US Coast Guard agencies,” says Carolyn Nash, Owner and CEO of G180, LLC.
The Austin Fast Start pitch competition fosters the spirit of innovation within Austin by highlighting early stage startups in various economic development priorities. Arts, culture, and creativity are essential elements to Austin’s unique and distinctive identity. Creative businesses include those that are turning their creative talents into successful and sustainable business ventures. This topic encompasses a broad range of creatives in the Austin ecosystem, such as musicians, artists, photographers, and artisans. This cycle’s topic encompassed a broad range of products and services in the Austin ecosystem.
“Austin Fast Start’s pitch competition reaches a wide range of entrepreneurs in diverse industries to help provide resources for business growth,” said Susana Carbajal, Assistant Director of the Economic Development Department. “We are proud to partner with the Austin Young Chamber to showcase the innovation and breadth of Austin’s startup community.”
Congratulations to the Creatives Finalists:
The 2022 Austin Fast Start Pitch Competition will continue with one more strategic priority in 2022: Cleantech. Applications for the Cleantech category are currently open. Businesses applying for the Austin Fast Start must be: (1) headquartered within Austin city limits, (2) in the pre-seed/early revenue stage, and (3) less than two years old. Applications for Cleantech will close at 11:59pm on Monday, August 8. Learn more and apply here.
About the City of Austin Economic Development Department
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd and follow @AustinEconDev on Twitter.
About the Austin Young Chamber
The Austin Young Chamber promotes the general economic interests of the Central Texas business community through initiatives and efforts designed to build and strengthen our young professional workforce. Connect with the Austin Young Chamber on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, or check out upcoming programs at austinyc.org.