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McCombs Entrepreneur Summer Fellowship

The McCombs Entrepreneur Summer Fellowship (MESF), funded by the generous support of alumni donors and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, enables innovative students to continue building their startups during the summer.

First-year MBAs and undergraduate students with four semesters of course work who are actively working on a startup are eligible to apply.

Applicants working on any stage of startup development from ideation to scaling are eligible to apply.

MESF 2121 Application will open in Spring 2021.

Don't Let Your Startup's Progress Stall Over the Summer


– First-Year MBA (full-time/working professional/executive)

– UT undergraduate students who have completed four semesters of undergraduate coursework. Non-business undergrads are eligible to apply.

– Applicants working on any stage of startup development from ideation to scaling are eligible to apply.

– Competitive applicants should have a well thought-out business plan, persuasive pitch, attainable milestones and metrics, and an infectious passion for their vision.

Note:The fellowship is a grant to the founder, not the company, so no equity will be sought or conveyed by the McCombs School of Business or Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship.


Pitch Deck (10-slide max)
10 minute video pitch (uploaded to YouTube)
Solicited faculty advisor for the summer (no time commitment required)
Complete online application

Stage of development
Minimum Viable Product or Prototype
Time being devoted to venture
Milestones for the summer
Allocation of funds
Impact of fellowship on venture’s development


MBAS (up to two grants)
$5,000 Fellowship Stipend

UNDERGRADUATES (up to five grants)
$3,000 Fellowship Stipend


Financial awards will be paid to an individual student, not the startup listed in the application and will be awarded for the Summer 2020 semester. An increase in resources, including a financial award as a result of performance in the McCombs Summer Entrepreneur Fellowship, may result in a reduction or cancellation of financial aid funds or a requirement to repay awards already released to me. Finally, Financial awards may be used to pay outstanding payments owed to the university. If you receive financial aid or owe money to the university, you should reach out to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or Students Accounts Receivable to determine how winning a cash award through the McCombs Summer Entrepreneur Fellowship would impact money owed to UT or my financial aid status.