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  • New Entrepreneurial Mentor Brett Hurt
    Brett Hurt
    McCombs students returning to class will be delighted to discover that this school year’s Herb Kelleher Entrepreneur-in-Residence (the fifth since 2010) is none other than Bazaarvoice vice chairman, former CEO, and co-founder Brett Hurt, BBA ’94.

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

John Sibley ButlerThe Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship Growth and Renewal creates forums for successful entrepreneurs, students and faculty. We introduce students to the dynamic world of new venture creation and sustainability. This campus is filled with new ideas and technologies, and the Kelleher Center continues the tradition. We introduce students to the dynamic world of new venture creation and sustainability. Research supported by the Kelleher Center explores how firms are created, organized and seated and how they interact with developing technologies.

The university's capacity to inspire and enable new enterprises is immense. The Kelleher Center keeps strong ties with Texas Venture Labs, the IC2 Institute, the Austin Technology Incubator and other colleges and schools with robust entrepreneurial philosophies, like the Cockrell School of Engineering. The result is an opportunity that will fire your imagination.

John Sibley Butler
Director, The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship Growth and Renewal

Dean Tom GilliganFor decades, value creation through innovation and entrepreneurship has been a dominant and consistent focus of the McCombs School of Business. McCombs is situated in a university with considerable assets in innovation and creativity. The College of Liberal Arts has a program in Science, Technology and Society. The LBJ School of Public Policy has courses in social innovation. The Cockrell School of Engineering hosts the Idea to Product (I2P) Global Competition, the I2P Seminar Series and the Technology Entrepreneurship Society. Courses on innovation and creativity can also be found in at least six other colleges at the university. And the university boasts the IC² Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit that for decades has advanced the theory and practice of entrepreneurial wealth creation. McCombs has a significant research and teaching presence in these important areas as faculty in all academic departments teach and conduct research on creativity and innovation.

The international reputation in entrepreneurial studies that McCombs has had for years will only keep growing as we continue to foster innovation and new business creation. At the forefront is one of the most influential academic research units in this area, the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship.

Thomas W. Gilligan
Dean, McCombs School of Business