Brownsville entrepreneur wins Future Texas Business Legend Award

William Brown, whose entrepreneurial company Embedded is developing technology to non-invasively measure elderly patients’ vital signs and predict issues associated with patient care, has won the 2022 James and Kathleen Collins & Vantage Bank Future Texas Business Legend Award.

Every year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame gives the award to students and veterans across Texas in recognition of their “innovative and entrepreneurial excellence.” The award carries a $15,000 cash prize.

Brown is a member of the first Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship Program cohort from Expanding Frontiers, a Brownsville nonprofit whose goal is “to provide novel educational experiences and hands-on training for students, veterans and aspiring entrepreneurs that will create and accelerate the growth of an innovation ecosystem in Brownsville with emphasis on space and energy technologies.”

“I’m so excited to receive this award. … This funding will go a long way to help us develop our prototype,” Brown, founder and CEO of Embedded, said.

TBHF states that applicants must exhibit an entrepreneurial track record, exhibit leadership in campus or community activities, and must have plans to pursue a career in Texas.

Brown 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, he will compete 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 its 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 on Nov. 3, where he will be awarded the $15,000 cash prize.

When asked about his win, Brown said, “Things are on the right track for Embedded, but also for my personal development as an entrepreneur.” He said the prize money will be used to further develop his startup.

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