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Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs

Innovation and creativity are essential to sustainable economic growth. Entrepreneurship has long been a strength of the McCombs School of Business. With your support, we are well-positioned to play a major role in teaching and understanding the processes that drive value creation. The relationship between McCombs, the university, and the venture community in Austin is one of our competitive advantages.

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is a campus-wide initiative with two missions: (1) to accelerate start-ups from the university and Central Texas toward raising capital and taking their innovations to market and (2) to create an experience that transforms students into future entrepreneurs and business leaders.

TVL connects local start-ups with graduate students from across campus to help companies mature through their formation, funding, and launch stages. For class credit, students work closely with entrepreneurs and investors to make an immediate and direct impact. TVL students have conducted successful market validation, financial analysis, business model assessment, competitive analysis, and due diligence review projects.

Core Initiatives

Expanded Curriculum

As the program matures, we hope to extend to all graduate programs across campus. Graduate students will be involved directly in the commercialization of research and companies.

Venture Labs Investment Competition

Often called the “Super Bowl of Investment Competitions,” at this annual event, 40 teams from around the world converge in Austin to determine the global champion. As we grow, we will continue to expand the challenge worldwide.

Venture Week

This series of events occurs during the global Venture Labs Investment Competition and helps connect the Central Texas business community with university entrepreneurs. The lineup features guest speakers, networking opportunities, and educational programs for faculty and students. The week culminates in Venture Expo, a showcase for university start-ups.

To fuel this vision, we need support from individuals, corporations, and endowments. An investment in TVL will create a legacy that delivers.

Page last updated: 6/5/2014