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Speakers and Conferences

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July 2020
Join Kirk P. Watson, Founding Dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston, and Value Institute co-director Scott Wallace as they discuss the impacts of the pandemic on health care, education and public policy.
Thursday, July 9
12:15pm - 1:30pm

September 2020
Whether you're looking to see what other creative students are up to, have a business idea of your own, or are in search of co-founders to join your team, Startup Coffee Connect is the perfect event to kickstart your dream.

All you need is an open mind and an interest in creating, innovating, and scaling big ideas. 
Tuesday, September 8
10:00am - 11:00am


Calling all Longhorns! Are you interested in entrepreneurship & innovation? Do you want to meet ambitious students and faculty? Are you looking for mentors and resources to help you launch? If you answered yes, then this event is for you!

Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, the Intro to the UT/Austin Startup Ecosystem and is the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved in entrepreneurship & innovation at UT and in Austin!

Thursday, September 24
4:00pm - 6:00pm

October 2020
Join the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship for a fireside chat and Q&A featuring Amy Simmons, Founder of Amy's Ice Creams and McCombs MBA Alum. Hear how a love of ice cream powered the launch of a chain of wildly successful ice cream parlors and reinvigorated a community. 
Thursday, October 8
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Tune in to hear from Brian Hall, attorney at Traverse Legal PLC and Herb Kelleher Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence for an interactive workshop exploring startup funding options and best practices for evaluating your optimal investment strategy.
Wednesday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Don't miss this special Coffee Connect! Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center, our October Coffee Connect will feature DisrupTexas finalist practice pitches. Hear from the finalists and lend them your feedback and expertise. Or, see what it takes to make it to the finals of DisrupTexas, the first undergraduate only pitch competition.
Tuesday, October 27
10:00am - 11:00am

November 2020
DisrupTexas is an annual Pitch Competition for undergraduate students across the state of Texas. Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin, DisrupTexas is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for experiential learning – and a chance for student teams to walk away with some serious cash. Join us for the finals and see the winners crowned!
Saturday, November 7
8:00am - 12:00pm