Originally posted on McCombs Today.
In the face of economic and environmental challenges, McCombs students are poised to take on leading roles in an energy industry that is increasingly seeking sustainable solutions.
“It’s kind of corny, [but] the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Sam Maslin, MBA ’14, who appeared at October’s South by Southwest Eco conference. Maslin noted that recent graduates can very quickly find themselves at the forefront of the industry – sometimes in as little as two to three years. One way students are preparing themselves is through participation in university organizations, such as the McCombs CleanTech Group. “These energy clubs are a really great catalyst for change that happens pretty quickly,” CleanTech member Maslin said. Read more ›
Tania Rodriguez is a member of the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City class of 2011.
Tania, why did you decide to pursue an MBA and why did you choose the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City program?
Mexico City is an amazing place to invest as well as a recognized business center. I was born there, and when I found out about the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City program, I realized that I could combine one of the best business schools in America with a start-up opportunity – what a deal! I found it extremely important to attain a first world graduate education in English since my first language is Spanish and my current business has a global approach.
The MBA at Mexico City is exactly the same as the Executive MBA in Austin – same professors, same classes, same agenda, etc. It was a secure way to raise my education standards and skills in a very competitive professional world. Read more ›
Originally posted by Renee Hopkins on McCombs Today.
The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) has just announced its new Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program, in which entrepreneurs are awarded scholarships to pursue their startup businesses as part of earning their MBAs.
“Many of our best MBA startups come from students seeking our top-ranked entrepreneurship program, arriving with a business idea and using coursework to incubate their idea,” said MBA program director Christina Mabley. “With the TVL Scholar Program, we are recognizing and funding this fast-growing cadre of MBA applicants.”
The total potential value of each TVL Scholar award is $175,000. Competition winners will receive a scholarship package of $50,000, and their startups will be accepted into the Texas Venture Labs accelerator program, also valued at $50,000. Winners will also be automatically considered for a TVL summer internship and for a prestigious position as a postgraduate Accenture TVL Venture Partner, a combined value of $75,000.
“The Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program pulls together all the attributes that entrepreneurs look for when starting a business,” said Rob Adams, director of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs. “The Austin startup ecosystem, McCombs’ top-ranked MBA and entrepreneurship programs, and the significant track record of Texas MBAs starting businesses on graduation. Combining these attributes with scholarship funding enables entrepreneurs to radically accelerate the development of their business while earning their MBA at McCombs.” Read more ›
This past weekend, McCombs dual degree student Dan Driscoll, MBA and MA in Communication ’14, claimed the grand prize at the 2nd annual Reaching Out MBA Entrepreneurial Pitch competition while representing the startup reQwip. Dan competed against representatives from many of the top business schools to win the competition’s $5,000 cash grand prize.
“This was absolutely the most difficult pitch and most scrutinizing and accomplished judges reQwip has ever faced. To win at a major national event in an all-or-nothing contest against startup teams from Harvard, Yale, MIT, Cornell and many other top business schools is an incredible moment. We really feel like this shows the strength of the students, faculty and administration at The University of Texas at Austin and further validates the quality and opportunities that are unique to Austin, Texas.” Read more ›
Originally posted by Renee Hopkins on McCombs Today.
Laura Kilcrease, MBA ‘92, founder and managing director of Triton Ventures and a 25-year veteran of the Austin technology scene, is the 2012-13 entrepreneur-in-residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs. Kilcrease’s nine-month appointment will complement her continuing work at Triton Ventures, identifying and managing capital investments in the renowned Austin startup community.
As entrepreneur-in-residence, Kilcrease will mentor students and curate two expert-speaker series with guests from the startup and venture communities.
“Laura brings a wealth of know-how and knowledge from the startup process through the incubation process and venture capital funding,” said John S. Butler, director of the Kelleher Center. “She has a deep understanding of how to grow businesses around businesses, as well as how to deconstruct and reconstruct business models to achieve significant results.”
Kilcrease’s two expert-speaker series are co-sponsored by the Kelleher Center and the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. “Entrepreneurship Live” features speakers who are serial entrepreneurs, on a second or subsequent startup. They’ll talk and answer questions about structuring a startup, seeking funding, building a team, getting your first product out the door, and creating an exit strategy. The next speaker in that series is Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice, who will speak Oct. 23. Read more ›
Originally posted by Jeremy Simon on McCombs Today.
McCombs School of Business students are among the happiest in the nation when it comes to both their campus environment and the quality of their professors, according to new survey results from the Princeton Review.
McCombs placed among the top 10 in two categories — best campus environment and best professors — out of the Princeton Review’s 11 attribute rankings. Based on student responses to survey questions, McCombs ranked:
Although earning silver medals in two categories marked a banner year for McCombs, it wasn’t the first time students have given such high marks to the business school. With this latest survey result, the Princeton Review has now placed McCombs professors among the top 10 in the nation for four straight years.
Last week McCombs hosted the 8th annual National Energy Finance Challenge – and for the 3rd year in a row, a team of Texas MBA students took home the victory! Sixteen teams from business schools across the country competed in this year’s event. The McCombs team was in the finals with 2nd place Ross, 3rd place Wharton, and 4th place Darden.
The National Energy Finance Challenge is a business case competition focused on real-life finance issues within the energy industry. The purpose of the event is to bring corporate executives and recruiters from world-renowned companies with links to the energy industry into contact with the very best MBA students from around the country, and to provide a unique learning experience for the students involved.
The UT Tower will soon be lit burnt orange in honor of the team’s national win. More details about the tower lighting will be sent out when the date is finalized.
Thank you to Lauren Martin, Willie Okpoyo and the Energy Finance Group officers and volunteers for organizing this year’s National Energy Finance Challenge.