Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 26, 2009
The State of Texas has awarded $1,000,000 to Qcue, a member company of the Austin Technology Incubator, through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). The investment was announced today at the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization.
Qcue develops dynamic pricing software that helps sports and entertainment organizations adjust ticket prices to evolving market conditions. In early 2009, Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports franchise to implement Qcue's dynamic pricing solution. The success of the Giants' dynamic pricing initiative has led to deals with other major league organizations, including a recent announcement with the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.
"This investment from the State of Texas makes a big statement about the positive impact innovative pricing strategies can have on consumers and local economies," said Barry Kahn, CEO of Qcue. "We look forward to helping more organizations implement creative, cost-effective pricing strategies to get more fans out to ballparks and stadiums across the country."
Qcue joined the Austin Technology Incubator in May 2008. "Qcue is what the Emerging Technology Fund is all about: taking innovation from the university environment and getting it into companies where it can have a breakthrough impact," said Isaac Barchas, Director of The Austin Technology Incubator.
The ETF is a $200 million initiative created by the Texas Legislature in 2005. Qcue was awarded the funds after an in-depth analysis of the company's market and financial opportunity, technology potential, management team and economic impact to Texas.
Qcue is reinventing the primary ticket marketplace with the world's only dynamic pricing engine for live entertainment events. Sports teams, concert promoters and venues use Qcue 's patent-pending technology to set the right price at the right time and provide the best value for fans, from the date of on-sale to the date of the event. Customers and partners include the San Francisco Giants, Dallas Stars, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and Tickets.com.
Founded in 2007, Qcue is based in Austin, Texas. For more information on Qcue, visit http://www.qcue.net.
About The Austin Technology Incubator
The Austin Technology Incubator is a nonprofit unit of The University of Texas at Austin that harnesses business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructure support to its member companies to help them transition from early stage ventures to successful technology businesses.
Since its founding in 1989, ATI has worked with over 200 companies, helping them raise close to $750 million in investor capital. ATI is a key program of the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit http://www.ati.utexas.edu.
About The Gulf Coast RCIC
HTC serves as the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (Gulf Coast RCIC) for Texas Governor Rick Perry's Emerging Technology Fund, assisting small to mid-size technology firms expediting the commercialization of new life-changing inventions and improving research at Texas universities. To date, the Gulf Coast RCIC helped 16 Gulf Coast region companies raise nearly $15 million in grants from the Fund.