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Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

The Blair and Bubba Moffett Family Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) is an intensive, in-person, 8-week summer program.

  • Application Deadlines

    Applications open Monday, Jan 16. Early Bird Application deadline Thursday, Feb 2. Final Application deadline Friday, March 3.
  • Information Sessions

    Looking for more details? Attend an information session.
  • Cost

    Students take 4 courses for 12 credit hours. Cost of the summer academy is $5,500.


SEA participants will learn to lead, work efficiently with peer team members, develop solutions, and create innovative products. Students will also work with local startups, corporate sponsors, McCombs alumni, and entrepreneurial mentors.


By investing time in SEA, students will develop a foundational understanding of entrepreneurship, through terminology, case-based learning, key theories, and empirical-based practices. Students will engage in experiential learning—learning by doing—to implement creative and innovative strategies across all four courses.


Students who successfully complete SEA will earn 12 hours of the 15-hour requirement for the Entrepreneurship Minor program.

Req. 2: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

MAN 327 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

General Course Description: Explores the theoretical foundations and research evidence underlying innovation and entrepreneurship. Subjects include discovering and creating new sources of value, recognizing and evaluating opportunities, generating business models, engaging stakeholders, shaping markets, and competing against larger competitors and entrenched institutions.

Req. 3: New Venture Mechanics

MAN 327E New Venture Mechanics 

General Course Description: Starting up a new venture involves a wide range of decisions, activities, and processes such as those involved in identifying the potential of an idea, developing and protecting an idea, building a new venture team, creating a business plan, obtaining resources, and establishing a business entity. Covers the basic analytical tools and processes involved in all these aspects of founding a new business.

Req. 4: Specializing Elective

MAN 337 Develop & Pitch New Ideas

General Course Description: This course provides an opportunity for students to develop communication skills in order to successfully establish, pitch, and launch a new business venture. Over the semester, we will explore the theoretical foundations and research evidence underlying communication, persuasion, and entrepreneurship. A central theme of this course is that, in order to achieve buy-in from investors and win over customers, entrepreneurs must master the art and science of persuasive speaking and writing in addition to building innovative products and services.

Req. 5: Experiential Practicum

MAN 347P Entrepreneurship Practicum

General Course Description: This course is an experiential learning course focused on developing an understanding of the entrepreneurship process through hands-on experience. The course requires students to work in teams on projects with early-to-growth stage startups, focused on helping the startups accelerate their growth, as well as attend weekly class sessions. Through their hands-on work with the startups as well as class discussions, lectures, guest speakers, and assignments, students develop a rich understanding of what it takes to grow a new venture, including developing a strategy and business model, conducting market validation, refining the value proposition, creating a marketing strategy, and developing a funding model.

Applying to the 2023 Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

The Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) is open to all UT Austin students. All students, regardless of status in the Entrepreneurship Minor, should use the same application link to apply for the Academy.


Deadlines for the application:

  • Applications open: Monday, January 16.
  • Early Bird Deadline: Thursday, February 2.
  • Final Deadline: Friday, March 3.


We will review applications and admit students after each deadline until all spots are filled. During each review, priority will be given to current Entrepreneurship Minor students. After all spots are filled, remaining admitted students will be put on a waitlist. If non-waitlisted students opt out of the program before it begins, the vacant spots will be filled from the waitlist.


Submitting an application means that you intend to participate in SEA 2023 if you are admitted.


Do I have to enroll in all 4 courses?

Yes – all 4 courses are required to participate in SEA. Students will participate in the program as a cohort and work closely with a group of peers throughout the experience. It’s essential to attend all classes in order to get the full experience.

I have already taken one of the classes offered in SEA. Can I still sign up?

There is no rule prohibiting you from taking the same class twice. Please do check with your academic advisor, since you will not receive credit for the same class twice.

Is SEA in-person? / Can I do all or part of SEA online?

SEA is entirely in-person. There is no online option.

Can I apply for a future year’s SEA?

We have deadlines each Spring semester to apply for the upcoming Summer session and we are currently focused on our 2023 applications. However, if you are interested in a future SEA please contact and we will connect with you when our applications open for the corresponding year requested.

If you have unique circumstances, please contact the Entrepreneurship Minor office – we are happy to work with you to accommodate.

When will I know if I'm admitted?

We review applications and admit students after each deadline until all spots are filled. The Early Bird Application Deadline is 02/02 and the Final Application Deadline is 03/03. Students will be notified of their admission status 2 weeks after each deadline.

I'm not currently an Entrepreneurship Minor student - Do I need to apply to the Minor, too?

No, please do not fill out 2 different applications! You’ll be admitted to the minor upon successfully completing SEA. If you apply to SEA but do not end up participating, your application to SEA can serve as your application for the minor upon your request. We may ask you for some additional information if needed.

Can I have scheduling conflicts?

Unfortunately, no. You must be able to attend the entire program – orientation and classes. The dates for SEA 2023 are Thursday 06/01 – Friday 07/28.

Note: There will be no class 07/03 and 07/04 SEA is an intense 8-week cohort program; missing a day is missing a lot, makes for a lot of make up work with very little time, and puts your peers/teammates in a difficult situation.

That being said, we expect SEA participants to be in communication with SEA professors/staff about any absences due to illness or emergency.

What grade must I earn in SEA for the classes to count towards my minor?

All classes must be taken on a letter-grade basis. A student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in a course for it to count toward the Entrepreneurship Minor.

I have more questions.

Watch our short information session video here. If you have more questions, set up a time to meet with a member of our team by scheduling an appointment here.


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