CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A product to help you sleep at night, underwater adventures, and environmental stewardship are a few examples of new innovations that are now available thanks to the amazing opportunities entrepreneurs can find at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. A total of eight new companies are on to the next stage of entrepreneurship after the 2015 Client graduation ceremony recently held at the Innovation Center.
“The University and the Innovation Center were instrumental in training us on how to take care of all the little details that are needed in order to have a successful product” said Jose Olivares of Breathe Max, Inc. “The mantra and motto of the Innovation Center would be, ‘What do you need and how can we be of service?’ We appreciate that.”
As one of the founding clients of the Innovation Center, Juan and Jose Olivares have seen their company grow due to the available resources. They received valuable marketing research that has helped to develop their product. In the last year they have seen a 50% increase in online sales.
Client graduates included:
Other client graduates included, RHM Chemical, Third Coast Controls, SCORGolf. See more photos of the graduates here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/innovationcenter/sets/72157650515393499/
“We were client number eight at the Innovation Center and it took us eight years to get our doors open,” said Douglas Oxborrow of Sub-See Adventures. “By ourselves it would have taken twice as long. Our greatest accomplishment has been getting funded.”
Oxborrow’s advice to future entrepreneurs is to do something for your business every single day and to never give up. Through the insight and contacts they received at the Innovation Center, Sub-See adventures is now running a seven figure project.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi established the Innovation Center in 2009 to promote higher education, research commercialization, and economic development. A key component of the Center is its proven programs that assist companies at different stages of development to accelerate their growth and ensure long-term success.
Since its inception the Innovation Center (http://www.innovation4texas.com/ ) has helped over 125 companies and, in 2014, current clients reported 642 job equivalents, over $2.7 million dollars in annual salaries, and 5 million in annual revenues.