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SXSWi 2015: McCombs Entrepreneurship Night & Booth Info

SXSW 2015 is almost here! The Texas MBA will have a booth at the SXSWi Tradeshow, March 15-18. If you’re attending the conference and/or tradeshow, please stop by our booth to say hello and for the chance to win some Texas MBA swag!

SXSW banner 2014

You’re Invited to McCombs Entrepreneurship Night!

What happens when you combine SXSWi with McCombs’ renowned faculty, world class students and alumni, and Austin’s hottest tech startups? McCombs Entrepreneurship Night!
Kick off SXSW with the Texas MBA. We’ll be having a reception during SXSW Interactive with SXSW attendees, local entrepreneurs, and McCombs students, faculty, alumni, & prospective students. We will also be showcasing some McCombs startups. All attendees will need to RSVP below:

Register for  McCombs Entrepreneurship Night
Note: Due to capacity restrictions, registration does not guarantee entry.

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We’ll see you at SXSW! Hook ‘Em!

Texas MBA at SXSW 2013

With SXSW just days away, I wanted to share a couple of ways that the Texas MBA program will be involved at the conference this year.

Texas MBA at SXSWTexas MBA at SXSW Startup Village

When: March 9, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Vince Young Steakhouse

Along with the Master of Science in Technology and Commercialization (MSTC) and the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) programs, Texas MBA will once again be hosting a networking reception during SXSW Interactive. This year’s reception will feature a live band, complimentary food and beverages, and branded giveaways. If you made it to last year’s event, then you know that a great time is in store – don’t forget to RSVP.

Texas MBA at SXSW Trade Show

When: March 10-13, beginning at 11 a.m. each day
Where: Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Current students, as well as staff from our admissions and career management teams, will be on hand to talk with prospective students about the various opportunities within our programs. Staff and students will also be available to speak with prospective employers about the talent pool at McCombs for MBA internships and full-time positions. Stop by to learn more about the Texas MBA and pick up some cool McCombs swag.

In addition to our program’s involvement, many other faculty, staff, and students from across the university will be involved in SXSW activities. For more information, check out McCombs at SXSW and UT at SXSW.

Students To Compete At SXSW Startup Competition

Texas MBA Students Compete at SXSWWith spring break just around the corner, most college students can hardly think of anything other than getting as far away from their college campus as possible.

However, that’s not the case for a team of four Texas MBA students, whose break begins just down the road from UT as they compete in the SXSW MBA Startup Competition.

“We’re really excited for SXSW,” says Dan Scellen, who along with teammates Joe Gosse, Ely Cohn, and Chase Machemehl will be representing McCombs in the competition to pitch their startup, Stereocast. “It will be a big stage for us,” he adds.

Stereocast is a platform that provides the ability to simultaneously share a live music performance at multiple locations, helping independent bands and venues by allowing them to expand their audience from the physical presence at the show.

“We blend the latest in low-cost, high-quality production technology into the workflow of the venue, then stream those shows live over the web to fans all over the world, who can watch it on their TVs, PCs, and tablets. It’s a disruptive way of consuming music, one that is at the forefront of many of the trends in consumers’ music and technology using habits. As the marginal value of another recorded song has eroded to zero, we believe we can connect the consumer and artist with a significant source of value,” says Dan.

The team’s journey to SXSW began right here in the business school, as the first round of the competition pitted four McCombs startups against each other to fight for the opportunity to represent UT at SXSW. Judging, which was done by Kevin Williams, John Doggett, and Rob Warren, was based on a video pitch and a 10-slide presentation.

After beating out their peers from McCombs, Stereocast will now join startups from other top MBA programs in the final round, where they will compete for up to $25,000 in cash prizes. The finals of the SXSW MBA Startup Competition will take place on March 9.

From all of us at McCombs, good luck, Stereocast!

Texas MBA Program at SXSW 2012

If you follow our posts here on the MBA Insider, then you likely heard us talking last month about our plans for SXSW Interactive (SXSWi). With the event bringing in nearly 25,000 people, including the “Who’s Who” of the tech industry and promising entrepreneurs, we felt that getting involved with the event was a no-brainer.

“It was great to be part of McCombs’ official engagement with SXSW – it is so unique that essentially the entire web, social media and entertainment industries come to its backyard to collectively explore innovation. These spaces have continued to grow aggressively through the emergence of new companies which perfectly complements Austin’s startup and creative communities. Providing a formal mechanism for all of the alumni to reconnect, and for current students to get unprecedented access to industry leaders, is a spot on way to distinguish McCombs.”
– Bart Bohn, Founder and CEO, AuManil and Texas MBA Class of 2007

Through events like Startup Village, the Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village networking reception, and the SXSW Trade Show, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff were able to mix and mingle with industry executives, prospective students, and other SXSWi attendees. Having a presence at the event not only allowed us to make many great connections, but also to further increase awareness of the McCombs brand, while reinforcing our reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial, collaborative and tech savvy organization.

Alumni Volunteers

Chris Treadaway (third person from right), MBA ‘05, CEO of Polygraph Media and Aaron Lyons (second from right), MBA ‘11, founder of Urban Dish joined us at the Alcatel-Lucent Trend Lounge to talk with visitors about the program.

SXSW Networking Event

The Texas MBA family came together at Vince Young Steakhouse for the Texas MBAs Ignite Startup Village networking reception. In this photo, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at McCombs, Eric Hirst (on left), is pictured with Ryan Hand, Elizabeth Nichols, and Mike Svatek, all of Bazaarvoice.

MBA Student Volunteers

Current students, alumni, and MBA and MSTC staff members maintained the booth, sharing their experiences in the program and connecting with potential employers and prospective students. At the booth, we held raffle drawings each day (for Mack Brown autographed footballs, among other prizes), and of course handed out tons of burnt orange Texas MBA swag!

With the help of our great sponsors, volunteers, and staff, it is safe to say that our first experience at SXSW truly exceeded expectations. A HUGE thank you goes out to all the people listed below–we couldn’t have pulled it off without you!

Sponsors: AMLI Residential, Bazaarvoice, Famigo, IC2/Austin Technology Incubator, Moth to Flame, MSTC (Master of Science Technology Commercialization), Ordoro, Polygraph Media, Texas Venture Labs, Urban Dish, UT System Office of Technology Commercialization, and Vince Young Steakhouse.

MBA Alumni: Q Beck from Famigo, Naruby Schlenker from Ordoro, Aaron Lyons from Texas Venture Labs and Urban Dish, and Chris Treadaway from Polygraph Media

MBA Student Volunteers: Christine Chen (and Moth to Flame volunteers), Jessica Cheng, Josh Tinch, Josh Gladding, Emily Behncke, Laura Shaham, Jenny Gibson, Anne Hallock, Shivani Arora, Solu Nwanze, Scott Gabriel, Dan Scellen, Dan Amodio, Chris Atkins, Praveen Katta, Lauren Martin, Lakshmi Gupta, Andrew Koperwas, Cheryl Lewis, Erik Norwood, Larcombe Teichgraeber, Shina Kim, and Alejandra Carlos-Padilla

MSTC Program Representatives: Vanessa Manley, Dr. Gary Cadenhead, Dr. Bob May, Ashwin Kumar, Guanyan Cai, Toni Miranda Arranda, and Virgil McCullough

MBA Staff: Angela Zerda, Susan Masson, Yvette Brown, Scott Good, Michelle Hardy, Kurt Mitschke, and Courtney Seager

For more photos, and to see what others thought about the event, also check out our post on Storify.

UPDATE: Registration Now Open For Texas MBA SXSW 2012 Networking Reception!

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we have several awesome events planned for SXSW, the first of which is the Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village networking reception. Well, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for that event, so be sure to hurry and claim your spot soon–register here!

Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village

Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Vince Young Steakhouse, 301 San Jacinto Blvd   

Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village is a networking reception hosted by The McCombs School of Business. Come mix and mingle with some of the star faculty and students from one of the nation’s top business schools, local business partners and other SXSWi attendees, and find out how you could benefit from partnering with McCombs.

Complimentary food and beverages. Free t-shirts for the first 250 guests. Raffle for prizes at 8:00 pm

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