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A classroom full of attentive students
A classroom full of attentive students

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs

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We transform graduate students into entrepreneurs and accelerate Austin-based startups to venture funding through market validation.

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What We Do

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is a campus-wide initiative to accelerate startups in taking their innovations to market and to transform graduate students into entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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The JBTVL Accelerator provides an opportunity for startups to take their ventures to the next level with the unique benefit of leveraging UT Austin resources and talent. JBTVL also provides a venue for investors to engage with research and startups from The University of Texas at Austin. The JBTVL Accelerator matches early-stage Austin-area startups with cross-functional student teams from across UT’s graduate schools to help solve business problems. At the conclusion of each semester, JBTVL hosts an Expo to showcase the startups.  For more information, check out the FAQs.  

The deadline for our Spring '19 cohort of Austin-based companies has passed.  Sign up today to be considered for the Fall '19 cohort. Apply now

Starting this fall, we will also launch our inaugural Dallas and Houston Accelerator cohorts. Unlike our Austin-based cohort, these startups will work with McCombs School of Business Working Professional MBA students from our Dallas and Houston campuses. Please contact us for more information about the application process.


The JBTVL Practicum connects local startup companies with talented and entrepreneurial graduate students from the MBA, law, engineering, pharmacy, and natural sciences programs. These students participate in semester-long consulting projects solving important problems alongside the company’s founders. Students work with the startups to deliver 200-300 hours of quality consulting work in exchange for academic course credit. We leverage the Austin ecosystem with unique, hands-on programs that extend across graduate programs on campus and the greater Austin startup community.

The deadline has passed to apply for the 2019 Spring class.  Applications to be a part of the 2019 Fall  JBTVL Practicum are open.  Apply now

Starting this fall, JBTVL (in coordination with the MBA+ Program) will launch a new initiative for McCombs School of Business Working Professional MBA students from our Dallas and Houston campuses. Please contact us for more information about this opportunity to work with Dallas or Houston-based startups while earning your MBA.

Investment Competition

The TVL Investment Competition (TVLIC) is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. Graduate students present their ideas for new businesses and receive prize money and invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and investors using Texas Venture Labs’ “Investor Ready” approach. Many TVLIC competitors go on to launch their own businesses. Competitors have included locally successful companies like uShip, Phurnace Software, Ordoro and BeatBox Beverages among others.

TVLIC gives away more than $58,000 a year in prizes during its fall and spring competitions. The 2018 Fall TVLIC will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018. 

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Upcoming Events

Venture Expo 

See the best startups that Austin and Central Texas have to offer in a fast-paced, high-energy setting on 
Thursday, April 18, 2019.  More information will be posted as the date nears. 

Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition 

Enter to compete or come to watch  the 2019 Spring Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition to be held on Friday, May 10, 2019. More information to come.

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