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The Herb Kelleher Center

The Herb Kelleher Center


Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) are ready to meet with students, faculty, and staff to provide guidance for those looking to launch a startup. If you would like to meet with an EIR, please make an appointment.

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New Ventures

Innovation and entrepreneurship are the backbones of the Herb Kelleher Center. We're dedicated to encouraging these values at McCombs, UT Austin, and the world at large. Learn more.

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Partnership Opportunities

Partnerships with the Kelleher Center provide startups and established organizations with resources to begin new and exciting ventures. Learn more.

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Kelleher Center News

High Stakes | Venture capitalist Bill Gurley, MBA ’93, on entrepreneurs, high-tech startups, and launching a Silicon Valley career.

ASK FOR A LIST OF THE TOP venture capitalists in high-tech, and Bill Gurley’s name comes up quickly. Most of the world had barely heard of Silicon Valley when he earned his Texas MBA in 1993. Today, as the backer of marquee-name companies like Uber, Twitter, OpenTable, Yelp, Zillow, Dropbox, Instagram, and Snapchat, Gurley and his firm Benchmark Capital have helped make Silicon Valley arguably the hottest place to start a business career.

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Welcome to the Kelleher Center

Since 2001, the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal has been dedicated to promoting research and innovation at The University of Texas at Austin. By encouraging collaboration among researchers, developers, and investors, we play an important role in maintaining central Texas' reputation as one of the nation's most influential business communities. Great ideas are worth exploring, and the Kelleher Center strives to be a place where those ideas--and the people who conceive them--can flourish. Learn more about the Kelleher Center

What We Do

The Herb Kelleher Center aims to be Austin's go-to organization for startup resources and entrepreneurial promotion. If you are looking to get involved in the startup world in nearly any capacity, the Kelleher Center wants to help you on your way.

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The University of Texas at Austin is known the world over for having exceptional faculty who are leaders in their fields. The Kelleher Center aims to enhance UT's reputation for academic excellence by connecting promising minds with the courses, instructors, and community happenings that can benefit them the most. Learn more about academic offerings.

Programs & Partnerships

Each year, the Kelleher Center presents a variety of programs and events for entrepreneurs, investors, students, and other interested members in the business and research communities. If you are looking for an opportunity to mingle with some of the most innovative minds in central Texas or a chance to partner with the Center on a new venture, please take a look at our Programs and Partnerships page.


The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most prominent research institutions in the nation. The Herb Kelleher Center is committed to promoting research at McCombs, UT, and throughout central Texas. View research publications.


Whether you're an entrepreneur looking to finance your startup, a student who wants to intern with an up-and-coming new firm, or an investor seeking a new and exciting venture, we can help.

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