Terra Solar, EnVault, Tripology winners of 2nd annual TXST New Ventures

Inside TXST

Jayme Blaschke | May 11, 2020

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Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park at Texas State University

The Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park at Texas State University has announced Terra Solar, EnVault and Tripology as the three winners of Texas State’s second annual New Ventures Competition. 

This is a major milestone for STAR Park and the New Ventures Program on their mission to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at Texas State.

The competition required teams to have a unique scalable business concept and at least one contributing member who is a current student, faculty, or staff member holding a valid Texas State-issued ID.

Terra Solar is developing a DIY solar energy system for residential and commercial applications. EnVault is developing a new battery inverter system allowing conventionally fueled generators to be replaced with batteries in food trucks, utility, EMS and recreational vehicles. Tripology provides a digital platform connecting teachers to field trip providers enabling selection of experiences, booking of events and management of activities.

Other finalists invited to join the NSF I-Corps program include: DayLyte Batteries (sodium-air batteries), Bookt (app for booking hair care appointments for Black Women) and StarImage (3D sensors/data analytic system for detecting roadway defects).

Each winner will receive: 

  • Up to $20,000 in non-dilutive startup funding
  • Space at STAR One, Texas State’s technology incubator
  • Mentorship from STAR Park’s entrepreneurs-in-residence


For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922