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Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition

The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (Texas VLIC) is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. Graduate students from the University of Texas present their ideas for new businesses and receive invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and investors. Many Texas VLIC competitors go on to launch their businesses. Successful competitors have included uShip, Ordoro and Qcue among others.

UT at Austin students can submit their Intent to Compete from January 29, 2016 until March 7, 2016.  The Semifinals will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5:30 PM until 9 PM.  The winners in each of the four Semifinals divisions will compete in the Finals on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM.

Student companies will compete for prizes including:

  • Cash prizes 
  • Austin Technology Incubator Launch Package
  • Consulting time with the Director and Assistant Director of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs

For additional information about the competition, please come by TVL Office Hours at One Twenty 5 Café in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue on Wednesdays from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Additional details will be posted here as they become available. For the most up-to-date details, subscribe to our newsletter

Congrats to the following winners of the 2015 competition:

1st Place: Flipped Health
2nd Place: Draft Crunch
3rd Place: Nomzii
Pippin Veteran Award: BlackBox Trainer

You can read a description of each of the competing companies here.

Get Involved

Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders provide valuable mentorship and feedback to students through the New Venture Creation class and the Texas VLIC startup pitch competitions. 

If you are interested in participating, please complete our judging registration form here.  Email us at if you have any questions.

Whether you are an angel investor or institutional investor, we're happy to introduce you to any of our current or former companies. Please feel free to email us directly with questions.

Sponsorship and Media Inquiries

If you are interested in sponsoring Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, through the donation of either in-kind services or a gift, we would be happy to discuss our program in greater detail. Please email us to begin a conversation.

Media inquiries about any other aspect of the Texas Venture Labs may also be directed to us via email.

Sponsorship, Media, or General Inquiry