AUSTIN, Texas—Rob Adams, director of Texas Venture Labs (TVL) at The University of Texas at Austin, announced the program’s first Venture Exposition to be held November 19, 2010. The event is open to the public and will showcase new ventures ready for commercialization and funding from across the university.
“This is an update since the launch of Texas Venture Labs last March,” said Adams. “We will talk about new ventures from across the campus that are under development — opportunities for commercialization and funding coming from sources such as the Office of Technology Commercialization, the Austin Technology Incubator and Texas Venture Labs.”
“There are solid deals in the works coming from multiple campus sources,” said Jeff Harbach, a second-year MBA who has worked with Texas Venture Labs since it was formed. “As a student in TVL, I’ve had an up-close look at the cross-campus collaboration of the graduate schools of business, engineering, and law.”
The day-long event will include more than 15 presentations on new ventures and feature a lunch program with remarks on “The State of Entrepreneurship at UT” by University President William Powers Jr. Other speakers will include Thomas Gilligan, Dean of the McCombs School of Business; Gregory Fenves, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering; Richard Miller, new Chief Commercialization Officer at the university; and Adams.
The morning session will include opportunities from the Office of Technology Commercialization featuring technologies developed on campus with commercial potential. This will be followed by the Austin Technology Incubator which will feature several startup companies that are ready for funding.
The afternoon will include a space dedication for Texas Venture Labs and details on the ten new ventures currently in the program, covering deals that are in the process of being prepared for commercialization as well as opportunities ready to fund.
Bazaarvoice CEO Brett Hurt will be keynoting the close of the event, sharing thoughts on entrepreneurs, universities and venture capital which will be followed by a cocktail reception. All events take place at the AT&T Executive Conference Center.
There is no charge for the event, but registration is limited and filling up fast. The schedule and registration for the public is available at http://tinyurl.com/venexpo.
Texas Venture Labs is an interdisciplinary education and research initiative at The University of Texas at Austin created to support entrepreneurship, innovation and company formation while providing a unique and directly applicable educational experience for participating students and a research environment for faculty. Venture Labs delivers the intellectual horsepower required to promote new venture creation at UT Austin through education and mentoring; market and business plan validation; team-building and networking; and providing direct links to resources and funding.