(Nov. 19, 2009)--UTSA business and engineering students are competing today for $100,000 in business-related services and prizes at San Antonio's largest business planning competition, the UTSA 100K Student Technology Venture Competition. Hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), the biannual event promotes entrepreneurship by pairing engineering students who create viable new technologies with business students who create business plans to market the technologies through a viable start-up.
Six teams of UTSA business and engineering students are competing in this year's event. Their companies represent a variety of new technologies with applications in transportation, health, fire safety and mining. The teams will be judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their business plans, new technology and presentations. At the close of the daylong competition, some of the winning teams will have the opportunity to sell their companies.
"To our knowledge, this is the largest new business competition in San Antonio," said Cory Hallam, CITE director. "Since our first competition two years ago, the business community has really stepped up to help our students launch their companies. With the help of our sponsors, we're now offering students $100,000 in services and prizes including consulting services, marketing services, office space and other benefits."
The competition is sponsored by the Texas Research Technology Foundation, Cox|Smith, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio and San Antonio Technology Center. UTSA established the competition when faculty observed that UTSA engineering students were developing new technologies and business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students was doing anything with their efforts beyond turning in projects for a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA students now are developing marketable technologies and forming viable new companies based on those technologies, all before they graduate.
"The tech start-up competition is a great experience for our students," said Hallam. "The format gives them a chance to experience what it's like to be an entrepreneur -- before they graduate and before they have mortgages or bills to worry about."
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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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