ENCOURAGE

Engagement with entrepreneurship

Lead a Forty Acres Founders Seminar

This recurring speaker series features entrepreneurs from across different industries, enabling students and the community to experience live insights into how to launch an idea into a startup. Speakers are invited to share their entrepreneurial journey and are also invited to network at a post-event reception.

Recent speakers include Tim League, co-founder of Alamo Drafthouse, Elizabeth Bryant, vice president of Southwest Airlines University, Jared Simon, co-founder of HotelTonight, and Julia Cheek, founder of Everlywell.

About Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator

Launched in Spring 2020, the Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship offers undergraduate student founders the opportunity to study potential customers, improve their product, establish product-market fit, and position their product for success within the marketplace.

Students learn to vet their ideas, develop skills for researching and understanding customer needs, and develop tools for building a product or service that appropriately fit a market need.

Spring 2020 Cohort: Final Pitches

Twenty student founders spent the Spring 2020 semester rigorously establishing if a market need existed for their product or service. Some are continuing their project with new tools and funding, while others are using their product-market fit skills to develop new ideas.

Four founders advanced to the pitch competition in the final week of the course. Sebastian Brau, Anel Cuarenta, Vaishnavi Lakshmanan and Thomas Smith competed for $20,000 in seed funding.

Watch the Final Pitch highlights below:

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