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Every year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame accepts applications for its Future Texas Business Legend Award. This award is given annually to students and veterans across the state of Texas in recognition of their “innovative and entrepreneurial excellence”. William Brown, member of the first Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship (EIRA) Program Cohort from Expanding Frontiers was recognized as the winner of the 2022 James and Kathleen Collins & Vantage Bank Future Texas Business Legend Award.
“I’m so excited to receive this award. Our company, Embedded, is developing technology to noninvasively measure elderly patient vital signs and predict issues associated with patient care. This funding will go a long way to help us develop our prototype,” said Mr. Brown, founder and CEO of Embedded, and recipient of the 2022 TBHF award.
According to the TBHF website, applicants must exhibit an entrepreneurial track record, exhibit leadership in campus or community activities, and must have plans to pursue a career in Texas. William Brown certainly met the qualifications. Just a few weeks ago, his business plan team received 1st place in the Rafael Munguia Business Plan and Pitch Competition, hosted at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Later this month, Mr. Brown will be competing in the Startup Texas Competition hosted by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.
Brown’s startup, Embedded, was founded and developed while participating in Expanding Frontiers’ Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship (EIRA) Program last year. The team has continued developing their technology and hopes to one day change the way patients are monitored in their hospital beds and at home.
Brown will attend the Future Texas Business Legend Award Luncheon and Annual Induction Dinner, where he will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize on November 3rd. When asked about his win, Brown says “Things are on the right track for Embedded, but also for my personal development as an entrepreneur.” He says the prize money will be used to further develop his startup.
“We are very excited that Mr. Brown won this prestigious award. This is a testament both to his potential as a business leader and to the ongoing entrepreneur training and mentoring that he is receiving from Expanding Frontiers and its startup eco-system in South Texas,” said Dr. Fredrick Jenet, founder and Executive Director of Expanding Frontiers, “We are all very proud of his accomplishments.”
Aside from being a busy entrepreneur, William is also an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and is the founding president of the South Texas Chapter of the National Space Society. The team at Expanding Frontiers congratulates William Brown on his recognition and hard work.
“It’s been wonderful to see Mr. Brown’s entrepreneurial development in the ExF’s Apprenticeship program. He has come a long way in just under a year,” said Mayra Delgado, interim director of ExF’s Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship program.
Expanding Frontiers is currently accepting applications through June 16th for its 2022 cohort of the Entrepreneur in Residence and Apprenticeship Program. For more information, please visit www.ExpandingFrontiers.org/EIRA.