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

October Startup Coffee Connect

Wed, 10.6.21 | 10-11 AM | In-Person

Join the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center (HKEC) for our October Startup Coffee Connect and first in-person session in 18 months!​

Entrepreneurship Live! with Jay Steinfeld

Thu, 10.28.21 | 5-7 AM | 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.

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Center News & Highlights

Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program: 2021 Final Pitch
Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program: 2021 Final Pitch
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, four undergraduate students had a chance to pitch their business idea for a prize pool of $20,000, as part of the second Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program final pitch competition hosted by the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center (HKEC) at the McCombs School of Business. This semester, the program...
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Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center believes that entrepreneurship should be accessible to anyone who is passionate about turning their ideas for solving problems into a reality. Given how much of a challenge it already is to successfully start and run a business, some students can get discouraged by their perceived lack...
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HKEC’s FOUNDER STORIES: Vaishnavi Lakshmanan, BoxEDu
HKEC’s FOUNDER STORIES: Vaishnavi Lakshmanan, BoxEDu
“Anybody can be an entrepreneur by making use of the resources around them.” That is the message that April’s featured founder, Vaishnavi Lakshmanan, has for students at The University of Texas at Austin. “Don’t think too much. Don’t think about your background or your circumstances, just identify a problem and...
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