Emerging: Embark

Emerging: Embark

Embark is a dog genetics company that is able to identify a dog's breed, and many as 150 diseases that might affect it, according to Matthew Barton and Connor Tomkies. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet

Emerging: re:3D

Emerging: re:3D

Sisters Katy Jeremko (L) and Lara Jeremko quit their jobs at NASA last year to found re:3D, the manufacturer of a 3-D printer called the gigabot. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Emerging: Factom

Emerging: Factom

Factom is a company that uses blockchain technology to ensure that all types of records, from land deeds to bank transactions, are secure. CEO Peter Kirby speaking. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Emerging: IdealSpot

Emerging: IdealSpot

IdealSpot is a SaaS platform that helps brick-and-mortar retailers figure out where they should open stores, according to the company's Marc Smookler (L) and Andrew Hunter. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Rising Star: Isabella Rose Taylor

Rising Star: Isabella Rose Taylor

Designer Isabella Rose Taylor was given the chamber's Rising Star Entrepreneur award for her creation of her own fashion line. South by Southwest Interactive Director Hugh Forrest gives her the award. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: The Zebra

Growth: The Zebra

The Zebra is the most trafficked car insurance comparison site in the U.S., according to the company's CEO Adam Lyons. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: Firefly Space Systems

Growth: Firefly Space Systems

Firefly builds rockets and spacecraft that can launch things like small satellites into space, developed because of founder and CEO Thomas Markusic's view that small satellites will become increasingly used for everything from data to WiFi transmission. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: NSS Labs

Growth: NSS Labs

NSS Labs works with companies on understanding the risks associated with a potential data breach, says CEO Vikram Phatak. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: ESO Solutions

Growth: ESO Solutions

ESO Solutions' Jim Keane discusses the company's healthcare communications and data management offerings. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: TrendKite

Growth: TrendKite

TrendKite is a PR analytics offering that aims to track the impact media coverage has on a brand, according to CEO Eric Huddleston. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Growth: OJO Labs

Growth: OJO Labs

OJO Labs CEO John Berkowitz talks about the artificial intelligence company. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Scale: Civitas Learning

Scale: Civitas Learning

Civitas Learning's Lisa Roberts speaks about the education company's data science, analytics, and machine learning tools. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

Scale: Modernize

Scale: Modernize

Modernize is a home improvement company that works with both homeowners and contractors. Vice president of finance Kristina Waltrip speaking. Image courtesy of Fit to Tweet.

A-List

A-List

Austin A-List Awards. Logo courtesy of Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Austin—From a company developing rockets that can blast satellites into space to a business that decodes your dog’s genome, twelve local companies were honored this week as A-List startups by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest Interactive.

The twelve companies were broken down into three categories: emerging, growth, and scale. A Rising Star Entrepreneur award was also given to a young fashion designer, 15-year-old Isabella Rose Taylor. The winners from last year’s ceremony can be found here.

David Holley is Xconomy's national correspondent based in Austin, TX. You can reach him at dholley@xconomy.com