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Funding of the Venture Labs Investment Competition offers a variety of benefits and opportunities. Join us in launching the world’s next generation of entrepreneurs. See Become a VLIC Sponsor for more information.


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Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. It combines unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies. Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Visit

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The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) is a nonprofit technology business accelerator that harnesses local business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructure support to early stage ventures in order to accelerate their transition into successful technology-based businesses. ATI companies have raised more than $700 million in capital, generated more than $1.5 billion in revenue and created more than 10,000 jobs. ATI is a key program of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Visit

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The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship supports academic research, teaching and programs related to new venture development. It brings together financial resources, leading entrepreneurs, students and faculty from multiple disciplines and multiple colleges and universities to develop and communicate new knowledge about entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial processes. As new technologies are created, the Center seeks to support research and teaching that concentrates on commercialization of new products. Visit us at

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The IC² Institute is an international, transdisciplinary “Think and Do” tank devoted to solving unstructured problems to accelerate wealth and job creation and shared prosperity at home and abroad. As a research unit at The University of Texas at Austin, IC² is focused on knowledge exploration, dissemination, and application, across a broad range of academic and applied areas. IC²’s vision is a quest for constructive forms of capitalism that allow communities to prosper. Visit


The inventor and transformer of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies with revolutionary technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the US and Europe, we own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 6 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to traffic more than 1 million messages per second at sub-80 microsecond speeds with 99.999% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 exchanges in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to 3,400 listed companies worth $5.1 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily.  Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century.  To learn more, visit Follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook and Twitter. (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

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ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. As an information partner, ProQuest’s entrepreneurship solutions connect people and information. ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment. To discover more, start here.

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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (, and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.  Wells Fargo is also committed to environmental stewardship; we recognize our decisions and daily activities can have a significant positive impact on the environment and on our communities. Our integrated approach to sustainability means that we are committed to finding new ways to minimize our energy consumption, address climate change, use renewable energy sources and inspire others to do the same. Since 2005, we have deployed more than $11.5 billion in loans and investments to businesses and projects with a direct positive impact on the environment. To learn more about our environmental commitment, visit


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E. Craig Nemec Achievement Challenges

In memory of E. Craig (1965-2007)

A graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Craig Nemec began his entrepreneurial pursuits in earnest while completing his business degree at UT. What began with the purchase of small rental properties near the UT campus grew over the next 25 years into the commercial real estate firm, Pearson Group Capital Management, Inc., owners and operators of office and industrial properties. His love of business and real estate was boundless. Craig shared his enthusiasm by coaching, mentoring and encouraging others to achieve their dreams. The family of Craig Nemec created the  E. Craig Nemec Achievement Challenge awards in memory of Craig to help future entrepreneurs carry on Craig’s legacy of hard work and success.