Inaugural Venture Expo Nov. 19 to Showcase University’s Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Successes

Oct. 13, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Venture Labs' (TVL) first Venture Exposition, an event open to the public that will showcase new ventures ready for commercialization and funding from across the university, will be held Nov. 19, Rob Adams, director of TVL at The University of Texas at Austin, has announced.

"This is an update since the launch of Texas Venture Labs last March," said Adams. "We will talk about new ventures from across the campus that are under development, and opportunities for commercialization and funding from sources such as the Office of Technology Commercialization, the Austin Technology Incubator and Texas Venture Labs."

"There are solid deals in the works coming from multiple campus sources," said Jeff Harbach, a second-year MBA who has worked with Texas Venture Labs since it was formed. "As a student in TVL, I've had an up-close look at the cross-campus collaboration of the graduate schools of business, engineering and law."

The daylong event will include more than 15 presentations on new ventures and feature a lunch program with remarks on "The State of Entrepreneurship at UT" by President William Powers Jr. Other speakers will include Thomas W. Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business; Gregory L. Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering; Richard Miller, who was recently named chief commercialization officer at the university; and Adams.

The morning session will include a presentation by the Office of Technology Commercialization highlighting technologies developed on campus with commercial potential. This will be followed by a presentation from the Austin Technology Incubator, featuring several startup companies that are ready for funding.

The afternoon will include a space dedication for Texas Venture Labs and details on 10 new ventures now in the program, covering deals that are in the process of being prepared for commercialization as well as opportunities ready to fund.

Bazaarvoice CEO Brett Hurt will be the closing keynote speaker, sharing thoughts on entrepreneurs, universities and venture capital, followed by a cocktail reception. All events take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

There is no charge for the event, but registration is limited and filling up fast. For schedule information and to register visit http://tinyurl.com/venexpo.

For more information, contact: Cory Leahy, Office of the President, 471-4401.