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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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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 Fall '18 cohort on Austin-based companies has passed. New applications will be considered for the Spring '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.

Applications to be a part of the Spring 2019 JBTVL Practicum are open now.  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 Spring TVLIC was held on May 4, 2018 in Rowling Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. View the schedule here.  The 2018 Fall TVLIC will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Scholarship Competition

The TVL Scholarship Competition provides financial help to entrepreneurial students and an opportunity to earn their MBA while accelerating their startup. The Competition is a unique business pitch competition where potential MBA students pitch their business plan for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship to the McCombs School of Business. Refer to the FAQs for more information. 

The next competition will be held in spring 2019.  Apply Today 

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