9-11 OCTOBER 2017

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA


SPE hosted its first Startup Village and Energy Competition at ATCE 2017. The event connected entrepreneurs to funding and support from the oil and gas sector. Innovations included software, hardware, and service ideas for upstream.

The full-day event had two parts. First, a competition which included monetary prizes of more than USD 83,000. The second half of the day included presentations, round table discussions, and one-on-one coaching on topics like how to go from engineer to entrepreneur, and what investors look for.

Best In Show Winner Veros Systems, Inc.



  Best In Show    USD 35,000   Veros Systems, Inc.
  Rising Stars   USD 15,000 each    RheidiantFactor Technology, and 16S Technologies 
  People's Choice    USD 3,500   Veros Systems, Inc.


Energy Startup Competition
Ten companies presented as part of the competition:

Thank you to the sponsors of the ATCE Startup Village

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

Admittance to ATCE Startup Village is included with your ATCE registration.

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Time: The Energy Startup Competition is from 0830–1155 
Location: Henry B Gonzalez Conference Center (River Level) Room 006 A-C


0830–1200: Energy Startup Competition
1330–1430: Table Discussions
1430–1445: Networking Break
1445–1600: Expert Presentations
1600–1630: Energy Startup Competition Awards

Table Discussions (1330–1430)

Take an opportunity to participate in multiple  discussions including: 

  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Effectively Pitching Your Startup
  • Protecting Your IP as an Employee
  • Finding the Right Team Members
  • Raising Capital at All Stages

Expert Presentations (1445–1600)

Chris Neale, President, Fracture ID – Engineer to Entrepreneur
Neale will discuss his path and motivations to get to where he is now, and talk about the many skill sets necessary to start, fund, and grow a successful technology company in the oil and gas industry.  

Brian Fenske, Corporate Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
What do investors look for: The VC Perspective
This presentation will focus on what makes a startup attractive to investors and how to structure your start-up to maximize your chance of obtaining an investment. 


If you have questions about ATCE Startup Village or being a sponsor for the event, please contact Melissa Schultea. For questions regarding the Energy Startup Competition, please contact: Sam Mason, Rice Alliance Program Manager. 

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit organization. Income from this event will be invested back into SPE to support many other Society programs. When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer program, and SPE's energy education program Energy4me are just a few examples of programs that are supported by SPE.


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