BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation’s second annual StartUp Texas Pitch Summit will take place on March 11.

It was to have taken place on Feb. 26 but last week’s storms affected some of the applicants.

The seed fund program is part of BCIC’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a culture and ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Brownsville and the greater Rio Grande Valley.

“This is our second annual pitch summit since our program began last February. Our goal is to foster scalable business in our region and provide entrepreneurs in our community the chance to access capital and commercialize their products or services here at home,” explained Nathan Burkhart (pictured above), director of marketing and small business development for BCIC.

The finalists for the 2021 StartUp Texas Pitch Summit are:

Amor y Pan

Specializing in Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten, Sugar & Grain-Free Baked Goods carefully crafted with high fiber, and a near-zero glycemic index.


Specializing in Data Centers, Networking, Certified installation and Monitoring for wired and WiFi, Distributed Antenna System and wireless communication infrastructure and next generation wireless technologies. Infrastructure for Safety and Smart Cities.

Cilantro Sauce

Manufacturing delicious homemade cilantro sauce born from a secret family recipe. From Farmers markets to grocery store shelves and beyond.

North America SECNER Holdings, LLC.

Surface electromagnetic inspection technology. Procurement, Maintenance and Automation services for the energy sector.

Pluton Brewing Company 

Microbrewery using locally and ethically sourced ingredients to create a drinking experience unique to the Rio Grande Valley.

Raw Xocolat

Veteran owned and family operated business, artisan roast, hand-sort, crack, winnow and conch each small batch. The first real ‘bean to bar’ chocolate factory in Brownsville, Texas.

Solar Kitchen LLC

Research, development and manufacturing of solar-powered cooking appliances.

“Since its inception in Fall of 2019, the StartUp Texas Program by the BCIC has evolved tremendously,” Burkhart told the Rio Grande Guardian.

“What began as a seed fund program for entrepreneurs hoping to scale in Brownsville, Texas, evolved into an expansion of COVID-19 Relief Aid in the form of grants and forgivable loans.”

Today, the StartUp Texas Program encompasses the Pitch Summit, the Brownsville CARES Grant, the Emergency/Bridge Loan, and the (Re)Open for Business Forgivable Loan. All programs are administered and funded by the BCIC.

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