Longhorn Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (LEAP)
The Longhorn Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (LEAP) is an experiential leadership program that provides a hands-on experience to BBA and MBA students in accelerating a new venture through advice and assistance on the entrepreneurial process. In this semester-long program, students work in volunteer teams with startups in underrepresented groups or minorities in their local area to accelerate the startup’s development.
Student teams consists of three members, selected by the student entrepreneurship organization for their respective program. At the end of the acceleration period, the teams present their client startups in a “demo day” format to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angels, and others in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The program is managed by the Herb Kelleher Center in collaboration with the UT BBA Advisory Board, the MBA Entrepreneur Societies in the Full-Time, Working Professionals, and Executive MBA Programs, and (in a modified form with teams composed of current students and alumni) the BBA Program.