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Get Involved With Entrepreneurship

The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal offers a variety of events and programs suitable for anyone interested in research, startups, and innovation. Take a look at the many opportunities the Center provides to learn and network with others in the business and research communities:

The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program was developed to bring highly successful entrepreneurs on campus to work with faculty and students seeking advice on launching their own entrepreneurial venture. Get to know the EIRs.
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Entrepreneur's Law Clinic (ELC)
The monthly ELC provides student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to meet with an attorney and get general legal advice on topics spanning startup legal basics, business contracts, M&A, IP, funding, and early equity structure. Schedule your meeting here.

Austin Startup Week 2018
Austin Startup Week was a free, five day event that celebrates the Austin startup community throughout the city of Austin. The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship hosted events on UT's campus throughout the day.

Ignite Startup Workshops
At these monthly lunch events, aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators develop practical entrepreneurial skills.
Past Presentations and Videos on-demand:
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Entrepreneurship Live! Series 
Entrepreneurship Live! is a recurring live speaker series and podcast featuring entrepreneurs from across different industries, that enables students and the community to experience a "live" case study and to learn important lessons about the entrepreneurial process. Also broadcast by TexTalks

TexTalks Podcast 
TEX Talks is a podcast channel supported by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and UT Austin students to identify, capture, and share the entrepreneurial spirit that surrounds The University of Texas at Austin and it’s community. Entrepreneurs share their stories with students to help inspire the leaders of tomorrow, and then we share with others to enjoy via podcast format. Subscribe today!

McCombs Entrepreneur Summer Fellowship
The McCombs Entrepreneur Summer Fellowship (MESF), funded by the generous support of alumni donors and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, enables innovative students to continue their entrepreneurial journey as startup founders. The Fellowship is open to McCombs First Year MBA and Undergraduate students  at UT Austin (four semesters of undergrad coursework required) who are actively working on a startup.

MoneyTalks! Series 
MoneyTalks! is a recurring speaker series that features a source of capital for high growth entrepreneurial businesses with a preference for investing in early stage firms.  The series allows students and the community to learn about various forms of capital and the current methods of funding. 

Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship
The Kelleher Center is committed to having an impact on Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship. Below are a few examples of programs and events we have hosted focused on Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship.

DisrupTexas Undergraduate Pitch Competition
DisrupTexas, hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal at the University of Texas at Austin is the largest undergraduate pitch competition for Texas entrepreneurs. This annual event awards seed grant funding to aspiring undergraduate students from around the state to encourage and facilitate the development of successful startups. 

Startup Science Live!  
Startup Science Live! is a companion to the popular Entrepreneurship Live! speaker series that comes from a partnership between the Kelleher Center and the College of Natural Sciences. Entrepreneurs are featured from science-based industries and share their experiences to a wide audience representing diverse communities from campus and the greater Austin area. 

Intro to the UT and Austin Startup Ecosystem - An annual event and trade show to help students learn more about the great entrepreneurial/startup programs and resources that are available across campus and Austin.
The Startup Business Plan Travel Grants, funded by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, enables undergraduate and graduate students to participate in national and international business startup competitions by providing travel grant funding to share their vision with the world. Grant applications must be submitted by the last day of the month in order to receive a grant by the 15th of the following month. Only one $750 grant will be awarded per startup per year. All current UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. NOTE: Teams must present social media marketing in partnership with HKC while using grant funding. 

Join fellow student entrepreneurs in sharing your startup vision. At these monthly UT “Startup Coffee Connects” meet founders from across campus who are looking for their next team member or pitching their company for feedback. Entrepreneurship is for everyone! Coffee and donuts provided. 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Intensive Program (MAN327) 
This certificate program and undergraduate course explores an evidence-based approach to understanding innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on research, valuation and thriving in dynamic markets. The intensive will supplement lecture/classroom learning with real-life experiences in entrepreneurship. 

Herb Kelleher Center at SXSW Startup Village
The Center has hosted several sessions at SXSW Interactive's Startup Village where we have interviewed several notable entrepreneurs and discussed their entrepreneurial businesses and offered testimonials about the quality of their education and how it contributed to their success.

Frontiers of Innovation - An annual event that hosts distinguished speakers, authors and researchers who bring fresh insights on strategic innovation and change, innovation ecosystems and industry dynamics, models for growth, sustained creativity and new sources of value creation.

Collaboration and Partnership

The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal serves as a hub for innovation in central Texas, and many startups and established organizations partner with us to do research and achieve a wide variety of goals. Talk to us about:

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Business Plan Competitions
  • Pitch Facilitation
  • Practicum and Lab Opportunities
  • Internship Programs

Contact us today and see what the Center can do for you.

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