our mission the institute for innovation and entrepreneurship’s mission is to enable the next generation’s new ventures. we accomplish this mission by educating, empowering, and equipping our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as the global ut dallas community. in daily terms, this means utilizing world-class academic education, industry-leading experiential training, venture mentorship & advisory support, and other resources to support the launch of new businesses. the institute collaborates with all schools and departments at ut dallas, creating, promoting, and operating cross-disciplinary academic and experiential startup programs for participants.
a message from our executive director the 2017-18 academic year was a milestone year for the institute for innovation and entrepreneurship. first, our academic program broke into the top 20 ranked graduate entrepreneurship programs in the country at #19. second, we raised and granted more money for ut dallas student- and alumni-led startups than ever before, thanks to the generosity of our donors and university patrons. and third, we launched multiple new programs, like the flagship emtech summit in the spring, that together drew record student and public participation at ut dallas. i remain deeply grateful to the ut dallas administration, from president benson, to jsom dean hasan pirkul, to vp of research, joe pancrazio, and many others for their support! and, as my superstar staff and i remind ourselves of every day, none of this would be possible without the financial and time commitments of our many, many volunteers and donors. we thank you so much for believing in us and our mission. please contact me at email@example.com any time! sincerely, steve (steveg) guengerich
places blackstone launchpad the blackstone launchpad is the institute’s co-working space and home of the cometx accelerator program. the result of a generous grant from the blackstone charitable foundation, blackstone launchpad powered by techstars is a campus-based entrepreneurial program designed to support and mentor students, faculty, and alumni ventures. the program also serves to introduce students to entrepreneurship as a potential career path. venture development center opened in 2011, the venture development center offers 12,700 sq. ft. of mixed-use office space along with wet and dry labs for growing companies. the center’s overarching purpose is to accelerate the growth of fledgling high-tech companies and assist with the commercialization of innovations developed at the university. the center is located on the first floor of the research operations center at ut dallas and provides low-priced office space, lab facilities, student workers, mentoring and business services to companies started by faculty, alumni, and students. makerspace utdesign startup is a collaboration between the institute and the erik jonsson school of engineering and computer science. it combines utdesign’s successful capstone course for engineering seniors, with student entrepreneurs from any college on campus. they apply for a chance to win hands-on product design and development education, making the first product or service of their new, student-led startup. selected ventures receive $15,000 of engineering services over one or two semesters, a technical mentor, business coaches, and $5,000 cash to grow the business. the program culminates in the utdesign capstone demo day where each participating startup presents their working prototype.
academic programs the graduate innovation and entrepreneurship (i&e) fellowship endowment has expanded to over $40k to supplement our three other scholarship programs. we began a pilot study with mechanical engineering (me) that, if successful, would result in our introductory course (entp 3301) being formally added to the me degree program. this would significantly ramp enrollments in this course. we have built more flexibility into our graduate new ventures certificate, and we are adding a new i&e undergraduate certificate to help attract non-jsom students to our courses. our social entrepreneurship course (entp 4340) has been approved to fulfill the requirement for community service that is required for all new freshmen and undergraduate transfer students. this will drive significant growth in this course. we are cross listing several courses to provide more flexibility for our students and to help spur future growth. bps 6310 strategic management ims 6304 international business management ob 6393 strategic management in the craft brewing industry real 6321 introduction to real estate real 3305 principles of real estate “in december 2017, the princeton review ranked our graduate innovation and entrepreneurship program as #19 in the u.s., moving up from #22 in 2017. we believe we have initiatives in place to further advance our rankings in the future at both the graduate and undergraduate level.” madison pedigo academic director, innovation & entrepreneurship programs students are increasingly interested in learning about entrepreneurship and starting their own businesses. enrollment in our entp courses remain strong and we are anticipating growth in our graduate enrollments over the next year.
experiential programs cometx accelerator cometx is a ten-week, experiential program that pulls faculty, staff, and current students into an environment that incubates ideas and engages prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept. on the final day of class, teams will pitch to a panel of guest judges. one winning team will be chosen for a $2,500 cash prize to go towards their venture. innovate(her) the innovate(her) program, sponsored by capital one, was created to educate young women about technology, finance and the entrepreneurial mindset necessary for a successful future. participants engage with professional women mentors from the community through a series of activities designed to encourage innovative thinking. break-out sessions have included: technology, design thinking, financial management, and developing personal brand. startup launch program bryan chambers, director of the blackstone launchpad, is the instructor for our graduate startup launch program (slp) courses, and robert wright, associate director for the innovation and entrepreneurship programs teaches the undergraduate courses. 28 graduate and 13 undergraduate students completed slp courses in ay 16/17. entrepreneurs start here. startup internship & career fair the startup internship fair features local startup companies looking for interns to fill various positions to help their startups grow. undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome to attend. more than 20 companies and 200 students participated in the spring 2017 fair. big idea competition the big idea competition (bic) is the largest startup pitch competition at ut dallas. it gives both undergraduate and graduate students from every school on campus the opportunity to develop and present their business idea while competing for cash and/or scholarship prizes.
emerging technology summit in q2, the first annual emerging technologies summit - emtech2018 - debuted at ut dallas to highlight technology innovations in fintech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. the two-day conference brought together startup founders presented by goldman sachs, new york times best-selling author of “the blockchain revolution” don tapscott kicked off emtech2018 to a full-house of more than 500 audience members. a day of packed concurrent sessions followed (standing room only, at times), led by speakers from ibm, hedera hashgraph, the us securities and exchange commission, and many others. “this summit brought so many key figures within emerging technologies directly to the ut dallas campus... i found this extremely helpful in figuring out a potential career path.”
engagement more than 2,450 social media followers more than 5,250 email list subscribers people growth & broader campus coverage the entrepreneurship club (e-club), is the principal student organization on campus for building leadership, promoting awareness, and practicing entrepreneurship skills outside of class across campus. officers for 2017-18 were: samir rahi, pat dayton, and john kahn. it was a busy year for e-club as it organized joint events with the utd vr society, hackutd, and acm to launch the founder series - where students can learn from entrepreneurs building startups, realtime! the founder series featured leaders from roomored, immosis ar/vr, creative labs, and parkhub. spotlight: utd motorsports utd motorsports is the university’s official club for formula sae, a student design competition with the goal of building and racing a small, but powerful high-performance race car, in the spirit of the formula one world racing league. the institute supports the team by hosting meetings and making intros to advisors and sponsors. conferences and special events in addition to on-campus activities, the institute offers opportunities for ut dallas students and alumni to travel and represent our program across the state and country. for example, in the spring, ut dallas students and staff attended sxsw edu to represent our work with the blackstone charitable foundation. in the fall, institute staff traveled with two ut dallas ventures to blackstone launchpad techstars training camp in new york city. joining top performing teams from schools across the blackstone launchpad global network, the ut dallas delegation spent two days with techstars’ world-renowned mentors, content, and resources.
research & commercialization advising the institute provides students with a wide range of options to engage with experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and startup service providers. these range from one-on-one office hours, provided by entrepreneurship faculty, to large-scale mentoring events featuring dozens of guest mentors, each of whom meets with 8 to 12 student- or alumni-founders in 15-minute “speed dating” style introductions. we held such large-scale events over the past year with revtech ventures, capital factory, and the plano software mafia, among others. resourcing for ventures coming out of ut dallas research labs often involving either advanced subject matter knowledge (like natural sciences), or in-depth expertise (like patent filing or financial statement preparation), we provide individual assistance through curated mentor meetings. these mentors may be either external advisors, who volunteer their time as a way of giving back to the community and/or ut dallas, or in-house university staff, like the specialists with our office of technology commercialization. funding the institute has a range of funding options available for ut dallas-affiliated startups. each one is designed to meet a startup’s needs at its typical, major milestones. for example, programs like cometx and the big idea competition are intended to fund early-stage research and prototyping for validating new products and services. other programs, like our unique startup launch academic offering, provide funding – from $5,000 to $25,000 – in addition to course credit as founders develop their go-to- marketing offering. finally, the ut dallas seed fund is a source of startup funding for ut dallas-affiliated ventures with sales traction, a dedicated team, and an offering that is ready to begin scaling. a unique element of the fund is that the work to identify, evaluate, and recommend ventures for funding is performed by ut dallas students who serve as venture associates in a tightly coupled seed fund support class. making waves: utd seed fund in the most recent year, more than 70 ventures were recruited for evaluation, with seed fund investments of $25,000 each recommended and granted to one startup each in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 cycles. nicole mossman (ms ‘15) founder, everthread cameron desaults (ms ‘15) matthew darner (ba ‘09) founders, collbox
success stories: in their own words vigilant labels “the demand is out there. it’s a great system in terms of patient safety, improving medical compliance, and it is convenient to implement without interrupting the end-user’s workflow.” as an anesthesiologist with over 15 years of experience in the field, dr. peter baek (ms ‘15), founded vigilant labels, to improve patient safety. dr. baek has created a portable printer that integrates with electronic medical record software systems to expediate the required anesthesia syringe labeling. the company recently signed agreements with medical distributors that will allow vigilant labels to maintain a lean headquarters operation while having nationwide teams of sales representatives. more winning teams neuro rehab vr “with physical therapy and cognitive training, the brain does have the ability to recover.” veena somareddy (ma ‘14) co-founded neuro rehab vr to create virtual and augmented reality therapy games to help patients with traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases, or those who have suffered a stroke. partcipating in and winning the grand prize in the 2017 big idea competition allowed veena and her team to hire more software developers with the eventual plan to expand their company offerings to five more clinics across the u.s.
entrepreneurship council courtney caldwell (mba ‘06) co-founder and coo of shearshare jason hoover director of tech innovation r&d at capital one tahir hussain ceo and managing partner at collide village david matthews managing director at revtech ventures tracy merzi market president & publisher at dallas business journal sean minter founder and ceo at amplifai julie nickols attorney at haynes and boone, llp dayaker puskoor managing director at naya ventures jeff williams (bs ‘87) partner at interlock partners kevin vela managing partner at vela wood thank you to our donors, sponsors, & partners amplifai axxess blackstone charitable foundation capital factory capital one claire and terry rock scholarship collide village dallas blockchain dallas business journal dallas capital bank dfwexcelerator freshbenies scholarship g6 holdings gardere goldman sachs haynes and boone hypergiant ibm interlock partners lars magnus ericsson scholarship montgomery coscia greilich nano global corp naya ventures north texas blockchain alliance ntt communications ntt data onpoint leadership palomino capital peter buffett scholarship plains capital bank revtech ventures richardson living roger wilco saadia sheikh scholarship silicon valley bank state farm tech titans texas capital bank the dallas entrepreneur center tie dallas-the indus entrepreneurs tolleson wealth management vela wood vinson & elkins wright connatser wyly family foundation
our team faculty madison pedigo academic director robert wright associate academic director joseph picken, phd clinical professor institute founder h. dennis park, phd associate professor emily choi, phd assistant professor toyah miller, phd associate professor jackie kimzey senior lecturer staff rajiv shah, phd clinical professor, director ms systems engineering and management steve guengerich executive director bryan chambers director blackstone launchpad jon shapiro director venture development center dresden goldberg assistant director paul nichols assistant director sarah crowe marketing manager blackstone launchpad denyse carpio academic support coordinator kim warren manager, operations & services venture development center
make a lasting impact the institute for innovation and entrepreneurship leverages our nationally renowned infrastructure to elevate student and alumni-founded startups. over the past year, our founders have seen unparalleled success and business growth. we have helped students place at national business development competitions, secure venture capital funding, and launch groundbreaking new products. our students’ tremendous accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without generous donations from our supporters; our individual and corporate sponsors are the foundation of our program. please contact olia bosovik, at firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to, or partner with the institute for innovation and entrepreneurship.