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Austin Technology Incubator
The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin. ATI has a 25-year track record of helping founding teams achieve success. ATI focuses on helping startups compete successfully in the capital markets.  

The IC² Institute is an international, trans-disciplinary “Think and Do” tank devoted to solving unstructured problems to accelerate wealth and job creation and shared prosperity at home and abroad.

The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship brings together University resources, leading entrepreneurs, innovative industry partners, students and faculty from multiple disciplines and multiple colleges and universities to: develop and communicate new knowledge about entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process.

Check out the new venture competitions open to university students.

Below is a collection of resources offered by UT for students. You can learn more about resources that TVL provides students on the For Students page

Navigating Entrepreneurship - Annual seminar hosted by TVL at McCombs to showcase all of the entrepreneurship resources available to students at UT Austin and within the Austin community.

3-Day Start-up - 3 Day Startup is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.

Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency - As an agency of student government, the LEA is the official voice of the Longhorn startup community. We work closely with the UT administration to develop the entrepreneurial environment on the 40 Acres.

Longhorn Startup -  The Longhorn Startup Seminar is a course for individual students wishing to benefit from the classroom sessions and who may have entrepreneurship opportunities in future semesters.


The University of Texas at Austin has a number of academics courses available to entrepreneurs which can aid at all stages of a start-up, whether you need to give shape to a rough business idea or develop a professional business plan and raise capital.

  • Cockrell School of Engineering - Graduate 
  • Cockrell School of Engineering - Undergraduate 
  • McCombs School of Business - Graduate 
  • McCombs School of Business - Undergraduate 
  • School of Law 

Professional Organizations, Incubators, and Other Resources for Entrepreneurs

Austin and Central Texas are home to a vibrant entrepreneurial community with many business and professional organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed in start-ups and promoting technology commercialization, among them —

Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) – The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin.  A program of the University’s ICInstitute, ATI has a 25-year track record of helping founding teams achieve success.

Capitol Factory – Capital Factory is an early stage accelerator program for tech startups that provides a small amount of seed capital and weekly mentoring sessions by entrepreneurs who have founded successful companies. Startup companies apply to participate in a 10-week summer program intended to get a startup pointed in the right direction with a clear path to profitability and growth.

Central Texas Angel Network – Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited Central Texas angel investors and to assisting, educating and connecting early-stage growth companies in Central Texas with information and advisors for the purpose of raising money and assisting in their growth.

Austin Chamber of Commerce – The mission of the Austin Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership that will help create regional economic prosperity and success for its members in Central Texas.

Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) – The ETF, created by the Texas Legislature, provides Texas with an unparalleled advantage by expediting the development and commercialization of new technologies and by recruiting the best research talent in the world. Matching and commercialization funds coupled with additional federal and outside investments mean new technology is emerging in Texas.

SKU (formerly Incubation Station)– SKU is an accelerator for market-validated CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies.

Office of Technology Commercialization – The Office of Technology Commercialization is responsible for the efficient transfer of university discoveries to the marketplace for the benefit of society.

PeopleFund – PeopleFund is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity. Through small business loans, affordable housing initiatives and community outreach, PeopleFund helps to build financial security for Central Texans.

RISE –Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE) is a free conference for entrepreneurs of all types, providing a forum where entrepreneurs connect and exchange ideas that inspire the entrepreneurial spirit.

Tech Ranch Austin – Tech Ranch Austin is a technology incubator focused on accelerating pre-seed and seed stage technology companies.

Texas Entrepreneur Networks – The Texas Entrepreneur Networks helps startups and growth companies raise funding throughout the state of Texas

TeXchange –Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange (TeXchange) is a networking organization for business executives and entrepreneurs to meet, exchange ideas and share experiences. TeXchange promotes the entrepreneurial environment and helps develop the next generation of executives for technology and life sciences companies.

TiE Austin – Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992, TiE is a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals. TiE stands for Talent, Ideas and Enterprise and has grown to become the world’s largest not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. TiE has 53 chapters across 12 countries.

Food+City – Food+City is a platform for bold exploration of the global food system. They provoke fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities, and inspire action.