As you explore new industries and business issues, experiential learning experiences both inside and outside of class will help you build on concepts and carve out a niche for yourself. UT-Austin and the McCombs School of Business are rich with opportunities to hear world-renowned speakers, participate in business case competitions, attend interdisciplinary conferences, and join student organizations. Many of these activities are student-initiated and only happen because of the ambition and passion of our MBAs.
Texas MBA+ Leadership Program
The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually-tailored leadership experience for those MBAs interested in professional development opportunities and gaining additional experience in a new function or industry while still in school. Unique to the Texas MBA program, MBA+ provides an evolving series of services, micro-consulting projects, and workshops that connect our MBAs to companies of interest. The program improves communication skills and helps to keep our students ahead of the curve through the provision of executive coaching hours. As recruiters search for applicable experience, "fit," and initiative from among candidates around the globe, MBA+ helps propel Texas MBAs to the top of their lists.
Of particular note are the MBA+ micro-consulting projects. Similar to a summer internship experience, these projects allows a team of four to seven Working Professional MBA students to tackle a well-defined business project provided by a participating organization. You and your team act as consultants on projects that address real issues a company is facing and present your solutions to the management team. This not only gives you exposure to future job possibilities, it connects you with potential mentors in your desired field.
Entrepreneurial Resources & Competitions
Have a business idea you are interested in developing? The University of Texas at Austin offers unique entrepreneurial resources and competitions to help you get your idea off the ground.
The Venture Labs Investment Competition, creates an environment in which the world's most entrepreneurial MBAs solicit startup funds from experienced investors in a simulation mirroring the real-world process of raising venture capital. MBAs from around the globe converge in Austin each May to present their business plans to panels of investors, demonstrating diverse and creative perspectives on business and society. The competition is an opportunity for students from The University of Texas at Austin to obtain funding for new ventures. For the most up-to-date details subscribe to the VLIC Newsletter.