Since 2010, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) has worked with over 115 startups in a wide range of industries. Our companies have raised over $300 million. 40 percent of companies that participate in our accelerator have successfully raised funds, a statistic that reflects our mission of helping startups reach a funding decision sooner. For some, it may mean bootstrapping when possible or no longer pursuing a business idea if the market is discovered not viable. We've done exceptionally well helping advance capital-intensive companies in industries like life sciences and medical devices, but we've also been equally successful with technology and mobile companies.
We've worked with over 250 graduate students from the McCombs School of Business, the School of Law, the Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Pharmacy and the College of Natural Sciences. As many as two out of three students have gone on to either launch their own business or join an existing startup.
Join as a Startup
The TVL Accelerator currently admits 12-14 companies each Fall and Spring semester. To apply, companies must be based in Austin, have full-time management or management whose primary focus is their startup, be in the process of or have already completed development of a prototype or product and have completed basic market research. Companies that are actively seeking funding and those with some tie to the UT System are strongly preferred. Please direct questions concerning joining the TVL Accelerator as a company to Mark Lampton.
For a more complete list of what is expected from companies and what TVL offers you, view our one-sheet.
Benefits of participating in the TVL Accelerator include:
- Highly skilled and deeply motivated graduate students with diverse training (MBA, law, natural science, engineering and pharmacy)
- 250+ hours of graduate student time
- The opportunity to present at Venture Expo
- Access to the TVL Alumni Network of successful entrepreneurs and former students
- Specialization in market validation, business model assessment, financial analysis, funding guidance andcompetitive analysis
- Access to a broad range of mentors who speak to our students every Monday night
The Fall 2016 company application will open in the Spring! We hosted an info session last October, you can view a video of that session.
Here's a list of important dates in the Spring 2016 company application cycle:
September 1 - Application Opens
December 3 - Application Due
December 14-31 - Interviews (All interviews occur on a rolling basis)
January 9 - Decisions Announced
We recommend submitting an application as soon as you know that you're interested in joining the program so that we have a better chance to learn more about your business.
Download the Start-up Info Session PowerPoint deck.
Join as a Student
The TVL Practicum is three-credit hour course that gives you basic business skills as well as hands-on experience with local startups. Learn more about the practicum and the application process on the practicum page.
Attend Venture Expo
The expo for our current Spring 2016 companies will be held on May 6, 2016. You can get more information about the Expo here.
Invest in Accelerator Companies
Whether you're an angel investor or institutional investor, we're happy to introduce you to any of our Accelerator's 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.
Sponsorship, Media, or General Inquiry