Texas Enterprise Speaker Series: An In-Depth Look at Texas Venture Labs, How it Works, and How You Can Get Involved

Come hear about Texas Venture Lab's innovative entrepreneurship programs, the process we follow, the kinds of companies getting started, and the results we are producing. Learn how you can become a part of the success story.

You Will Learn:

  • The programs Texas Venture Labs runs.
  • How you can recommend companies to Texas Venture Labs’ accelerator.
  • How your company can apply to the accelerator.
  • The acceleration process we use.
  • How the investment competition works.
  • How you can get involved as an investment competition judge.

Message from Rob

Texas Venture Labs is a cross-campus initiative with graduate students who want to start a business after graduation, from engineering, architecture, pharmacy, sciences, law, and business. We create interdisciplinary teams and then parachute them into Austin area start-ups who are in the process of raising money. On November 17, I'll share our approach an the process we use. Our funding rate is over 40 percent, which is extraordinary in the VC world.

Short Bio

Rob Adams is on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches entrepreneurship in the Texas MBA and MSTC programs and is the director of Texas Venture Labs at the McCombs School of Business. He’s a former software executive, entrepreneur and institutional fund manager. He has served on many corporate boards and has founded or financed more than 40 companies, which have launched more than 100 products and raised significant amounts of capital in both private and public markets.

He is an internationally recognized speaker on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. He speaks frequently on his pioneering work in market validation and has keynoted the Inc. 500 business conference, international venture conferences, and consults for numerous global 500 companies. His work has been covered in Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Money, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, on Bloomberg Radio, Public Television and public radio’s nationally syndicated “Marketplace” program.

He is the author of A Good Hard Kick in the Ass: Basic Training for Entrepreneurs (Random House/Crown, 2002), If You Build It Will They Come? Three Steps to Test and Validate Any Market Opportunity (Wiley, 2010) and is co-author of New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

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