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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

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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 at Austin 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.

The Spring TVLIC will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The Semifinals will run from 9 AM until noon in the McCombs School of Business.  The E. Craig Nemec Elevator Challenge will be held from 1 PM - 3 PM in CBA 3.202.  The Finals will be from 4 PM - 7 PM in the ATT Conference Center Amphitheater with a reception immediately following to announce the winner.  Submit your Intent to Compete today. Application materials due April 16 at 11:59 PM. 

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UT Austin Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition

December 5, 2016  – Meghali Chopra received first place in the 2016 Fall Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) for her company, SandBox Semiconductor.

“Competing in TVLIC was a very valuable experience,” said Chopra. “I was inspired by all the innovations being implemented by my peers at UT Austin. My co-founder, Roger Bonnecaze, and I were especially excited to be able to share the significant technological and commercial impact of our semiconductor process optimization software, RODEo, with the university community.” Read the rest of the story

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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.

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