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.
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.
Starting this fall, JBTVL (in coordination with the MBA+ Program) will launch a new initiative for Mc
Combs 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.
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 2019 Spring TVLIC was held on Friday, May 10, 2019. All TVLIC events take place in Rowling Hall. Semifinals and Nemec Elevator Challenge will run from 9 AM until 12 PM. Top teams from Semifinals will compete in the Finals from 2 PM until 5 PM. Awards Ceremony will follow. Click here for the Semifinals presentation schedule showing the competitors' ventures.
The 2019 Fall TVLIC will be held on December 6, 2019. Apply now
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. Check back here for the schedule of info sessions. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.
UT Austin Grad Students: Compete in TVLIC
The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition gives away more than $58,000 a year in prizes during its fall and spring competitions. TVLIC mimics the real-world process of raising venture capital. The competition is open to any UT Austin graduate student. Competition takes place on May 8, 2020 in Rowling Hall. Semifinals run from 9 AM until noon with Finals from 2 PM until 5 PM in the Crum Auditorium. The public is welcome to watch the presentations.