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Entrepreneurial Success

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Overview

Most entrepreneurs don’t have the luxury of taking two years off to complete a traditional business program. As a leader and a working professional, you need a business program that arms you with hands-on skills—without cutting into your day job. In just one year, the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program at The University of Texas at Austin gives you the practical knowledge you need to profitably launch new technology products, either through a venture you’ve already started or one you plan to start. 

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Brad Lawler

Co-founder/Head of Product of Draft 
Class of 2014

“Going into the MSTC program, I had a vision for what is now DRAFT—a crowd-sourced investment analysis tool. I knew that there was an opportunity in the market and I knew how to build the product, but I needed help creating a strong business plan, raising money, and understanding how to market effectively. MSTC filled these gaps for me within a year, and I even met my co-founder Jason in the program.”

Accelerate your (ad)venture

You’ll leave the Texas MSTC Program with your feet on the ground, ready to:

  • Develop and deliver a solid marketing, business, and operations plan
  • Pitch confidently to a full room of VCs
  • Collaborate with colleagues and peers from your cohort
  • Network and build relationships with tech employers and startups
  • Find and connect with potential advisors, mentors, and investors

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It’s not just the passionate and insightful peers you’ll meet in class—it’s all the people who came before you. The University of Texas at Austin has a powerful global alumni network nearly 500,000 strong, 92,000 of whom are McCombs alums. They will become your co-founders, colleagues, investors, mentors, and employees. 

Let's talk numbers

#6

in the U.S. for Entrepreneurship by Eduniversal January 2017

#8

for Entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report March 2015

#8

for Entrepreneurship by The Princeton Review/ Entrepreneur Magazine September 2014

Texas Venture Labs Investment competition wins

Class of 2018

  • Varuna wins 2nd place overall, receiving $5000
  • Varuna - James D. Pippin Veteran Award of $1000 given to the most promising startup in TVLIC with one or more veteran co-founders
  • Boreas Technologies – The E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge Award, $1000
  • Tinted, 3rd place, $2000
  • Secure Logic, 4th place, $1000
  • Babybutton, 5th place, $1000
  • Varuna - WellsFargo Clean Technology Award, $5000

Number 6 for Entrepreneurship

Texas McCombs ranks #6 for Entrepreneurship by The Princeton Review!  Read the article here.

Alumni

Panos Adamopoulos

Panos Adamopoulos

CEO & Founder, Seismos
Class of 2013

"Running a start up is just not about raising money. Running a startup is those critical decisions you need to make the moment you get the money in hand."

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Cheryl Tulkoff

Cheryl Tulkoff

CEO & Founder, Flipped Health 
Class of 2015

"I decided to do the Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization program to really help me close the gap between some of the skills I had from my engineering background but wanted to add to from the business perspective. "

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Jason St. Peter

Jason St. Peter

Co-Founder, Draft
Class of 2015

"I decided to do the MSTC program because it was all about new venture creation. What MSTC does is really prepare you to deal with the challenges that you’re going to face after you graduate."

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Brad Lawler

Brad Lawler

Co-Founder, Draft 
Class of 2015

"I wanted to disrupt the industry that I was currently in...[MSTC] allowed me to work at the same time and it focused on things that were more geared towards bringing a new disruptive technology to market."

Watch Brad's Story