HERB KELLEHER ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER

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HERB KELLEHER
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER

All Innovators Start Somewhere... Start Here

The Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center is dedicated to igniting world-changing ideas. We do this by promoting the development of entrepreneurial skills and supporting exploration of the ways these skills can be applied to careers as founders or innovators within established firms. Tap into our wealth of inspiration, resources, and opportunities to get started.

All Innovators Start Somewhere...
Start Here

The Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center is dedicated to igniting world-changing ideas. We do this by promoting the development of entrepreneurial skills and supporting exploration of the ways these skills can be applied to careers as founders or innovators within established firms. Tap into our wealth of inspiration, resources, and opportunities to get started.

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"Our tagline here at The University of Texas is 'What Starts Here Changes the World.' I can't think of a better way to change the world than through innovation and entrepreneurship."

LUIS MARTINS
DIRECTOR

"Our tagline here at The University of Texas is 'What Starts Here Changes the World.' I can't think of a better way to change the world than through innovation and entrepreneurship."

LUIS MARTINS
DIRECTOR

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INSPIRATION

Start here to attend events designed to foster an innovative spirit in all UT students. Get your entry into the UT Startup Scene at a Startup Coffee Connect or meet startup founders at Entrepreneurship Live!

RESOURCES

Start here for immersive and experiential resources for any stage of business development. Get to know our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. Or, orient yourself in the UT Startup Ecosystem.

OPPORTUNITIES

Start here for programming built to empower student entrepreneurs. Validate your idea with the Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator, secure funding at DisrupTexas Pitch Competition, + more!

Upcoming Events

November Startup Coffee Connect

Wed, 11.3.21 | 10-11 AM | In-Person

Join us and the Kendra Scott WEL Institute for our November Coffee Connect! Come by for breakfast tacos and coffee! We'll cover upcoming opportunities at the HKEC and KS WELI, as well as across campus. Then, we will open up the meeting to informal networking.​

Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Summit: Veteran Founders​

Thu, 11.18.21 | 4-7 PM | Rowling Hall RRH 3.414

Join us for a keynote featuring Joseph Kopser, technology entrepreneur. Then, a panel of veteran entrepreneurs and innovators will explore funding support resources for veterans interested in launching a business, and how the veteran and entrepreneurial skill sets can be applied toward intrapreneurial roles.

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FOUNDER STORIES: A Surprising Collaboration
Sujoy Purkayastha and Amaan Dosani first met as teacher’s assistant and student in the Longhorn Startup Lab, but now the two are collaborating on their individual startups to mutually benefit one another. Sujoy is a senior double majoring in Computer Science and Math at the University of Texas at Austin. His startup, tuktuk, is a carpooling platform that aims to make transportation in Austin more accessible for students and provide affordable and convenient rides to popular Austin destinations. Amaan, founder of hifive, is an undergraduate student studying Entrepreneurship and Management. His platform empowers tip givers and service employees through a cashless, web-based tipping and service review platform.
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Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program 2022 Final Pitch Competition Recap
On Thursday, April 28th, 2022, five students of The University of Texas at Austin gathered to pitch their entrepreneurial startup concepts to a panel of judges to take home funding from the collective $20,000 prize pool. Each of the students is a participating member of the 3rd annual Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program cohort, an application-based program of up to 20 students provided by the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center, housed within the McCombs School of Business.
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Practical Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Mark Bunting
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I began in publishing with The Wall Street Journal in Texas (and later San Francisco/Los Angeles). As a 20-something, I managed one of the largest account assignments in the country for the WSJ which afforded me the opportunity to work on with high profile accounts from HP to Apple to Intel. After a 5-year career in High Tech/Business publishing, I pursued my entrepreneurial ambitions and started the first of many high tech and media concerns in Texas.
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