Since 2010, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) has worked with over 115 startups in a wide range of industries. Our companies have raised over $380 million. Thirty-seven percent of companies that participate in our accelerator have successfully raised funds, a statistic that reflects our mission of helping startups reach a funding decision sooner. For some, it may mean bootstrapping when possible or no longer pursuing a business idea if the market is discovered not viable. We've done exceptionally well helping advance capital-intensive companies in industries like life sciences and medical devices, but we've also been equally successful with technology and mobile companies.
We've worked with over 300 graduate students from the McCombs School of Business, the School of Law, the Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Pharmacy and the College of Natural Sciences. As many as two out of three students have gone on to either launch their own business or join an existing startup.
Join as a Startup
The TVL Accelerator currently admits 12-14 companies each Fall and Spring semester. To apply, companies must be based in Austin, have full-time management or management whose primary focus is their startup, be in the process of or have already completed development of a prototype or product and have completed basic market research. Companies that are actively seeking funding and those with some tie to the UT System are strongly preferred. Please direct questions concerning joining the TVL Accelerator as a company to infoTVL@mccombs.utexas.edu.
For a more complete list of what is expected from companies and what TVL offers you, view our one-sheet.
Benefits of participating in the TVL Accelerator include:
- Highly skilled and deeply motivated graduate students with diverse training (MBA, law, natural science, engineering and pharmacy)
- 250+ hours of graduate student time
- The opportunity to present at Venture Expo
- Access to the TVL Alumni Network of successful entrepreneurs and former students
- Specialization in market validation, business model assessment, financial analysis, funding guidance andcompetitive analysis
- Access to a broad range of mentors who speak to our students every Monday night
Applications are accepted at any time of the year and kept on file for the next upcoming semester.
Companies are invited to join the accelerator twice per year:
- Fall Semester (Application due by July 20; first class is August 29)
- Spring Semester (Application due by November 15; classes usually start in January).
We hosted an info session last October. You can view a video of that session
Download the Start-up Info Session PowerPoint deck.
Join as a Student
The TVL Practicum is three-credit hour course that gives you basic business skills as well as hands-on experience with local startups. Learn more about the practicum and the application process on the practicum page.
Visit Us During Office Hours
To learn more about TVL and our initiatives, email us at infoTVL@mccombs.utexas.edu or visit our office. Office hours for both students and the business community are every Wednesday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at the One Twenty 5 Cafe in the AT&T Executive Center, except for holidays.
Attend Venture Expo
The next Venture Expo for our Fall 2016 companies will be held in the Fall. You can get more information about the Expo here.
Invest in Accelerator Companies
Whether you're an angel investor or institutional investor, we're happy to introduce you to any of our Accelerator's current or former companies. Please feel free to email us directly with questions.
Sponsorship and Media Inquiries
If you are interested in sponsoring Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs through the donation of either in-kind services or a gift, we would be happy to discuss our program in greater detail. Please email us to begin a conversation.