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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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Seeking Austin Startups

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.  

Sign up today to be considered for the Fall 2020 cohort. 

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Dallas and Houston Programs

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.

Applications to be a part of the 2020 Spring  JBTVL Practicum are open. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.

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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

This semester, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs held its biannual Investment Competition (TVLIC) online on Friday, May 8, 2020. This virtual competition offers a unique opportunity for graduate students from any UT System school to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs.

Past participants, such as the founders of uShipBeatBox Beverages and Ordoro to name a few, have gone on to do great things after launching their startups at TVLIC. Many other participants have leveraged their TVLIC experience and feedback from the judges to accelerate their careers outside of entrepreneurship.

Along with the new format, we debuted an exciting new suite of prizes.  The winner receives:

  • Grand prize of $15,000

  • A seat in the newly founded Company-in-Residence program

  • $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits

  • Free Three Months at Capital Factory

  • Access to the tools and a personalized coaching session with the creator of the Lean Canvas, Ash Maurya

Additionally, Second Place wins $5,000 and $3,500 in Amazon Web Services credits; Third Place takes home $2,500 and $1,500 in Amazon Web Services credits.  

Three Nemec Elevator Challenge winners will receive $1,000 each. The James D. Pippin $1,000 award goes to a team with a U.S. military veteran on the team. One finalist will be selected for six months free mentoring through Austin Technology Incubator. One finalist will receive a "Golden Ticket" entry to SEAL summer program.

Check out the complete list of winners. 

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Calling all Austin Startups Looking for Consulting Help 

The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs Accelerator matches Austin-area startups with cross-functional teams of UT Austin graduate students for 10-week long startup consulting projects. Our rigorous market validation process and our students’ research accelerates startups towards funding. 

All new applications will be considered for the upcoming Fall 2020 cohort. Apply today

UT Austin Grad Students:  Apply to be a part of the 2020 Fall JBTVL Practicum

The JBTVL Practicum Class is a cross-campus elective course that teaches graduate students how to work with and consult with startups. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team on a project-driven curriculum that immerses you in market analysis and research, teaches about early-stage ventures, and provides a framework for strategically thinking through business problems to directly deliver positive outcomes for Austin startups. Contact us at infoTVL@mccombs.utexas,edu
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