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Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition

TVLIC Helps Students Get Investor Ready
Graduate students pitch their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors. Read more

All Your Questions Answered
Watch our video with TVL Assistant Director Harlan Beverly talking about what it takes to win.

The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) 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 TVLIC 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 until April 20, 2016.  The Semifinals will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM.  The winners in each of the Semifinals divisions will compete in the Finals on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9 AM until 12 PM. Both events take place at the ATT Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue on the UT Austin campus.

No RSVP necessary to attend TVLIC.  Free RSVP to attend Venture Expo on May, 6.


2016 TVLIC Schedule

Friday, April 29
 6 PM - 9 PM
 TVLIC Semifinals and E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge

Friday, May 6 
 9 AM - 12 PM
 TVLIC Finals - schedule will be posted on May 3

Friday, May 6
 5 PM - 7 PM
 TVLIC Awards Presentations and Reception

Student companies will compete for prizes including:

  • Cash prizes 
  • Austin Technology Incubator Launch Package
  • Consulting time with the Directors of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
  • Opportunity to join TVL in closing the Nasdaq Stock Market

Have questions about TVLIC

  • Check out the Rules, Awards and FAQ links on the left side of this page.
  • 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.

  • Email us at

Get Involved

Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders provide valuable mentorship and feedback to students through the New Venture Creation class and the TVLIC 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