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

Entrepreneurship Live! with Jay Steinfeld

Thu, 10.28.21 | 5-7 PM | Rowling Hall

Join HKEC for a fireside chat with Jay Steinfeld, Founder & CEO of Global Custom Commerce, an idea he built with just $1500, operating from his garage, into the World's #1 online window coverings store, Blinds.com.

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.​

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Center News & Highlights

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Practical Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Meeta Kothare
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Currently, I am the managing director of the recently launched Global Sustainability Leadership Institute (GSLI) and adjunct professor at the McCombs and LBJ schools. I grew up in Mumbai and moved to the US for graduate studies, fell in love with the country...
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September Innovation Capsule: Series A Funding — How to Get Started
For anyone who is attempting to launch their idea into an operational business, Series A Funding is an essential step in the startup process. So what is it exactly? Series A funding is a round of funding that startups go through when raising funds in the early stages of their venture. It is a startup’s first significant round of funding from venture capital investors...
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Startup Ecosystem Trade Show 2021 - Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center
2021 Intro to the UT/Austin Startup Ecosystem — Event Recap
The Intro to the UT/Austin Startup Ecosystem Presentation and Trade Show on September 13th, 2021 was a huge success, igniting the start of another fruitful semester for UT entrepreneurs. While this event is usually hosted in-person on campus, given the current conditions the event was hosted online by the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center. HKEC Assistant Director Amanda Golden and eight-time serial entrepreneur...
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