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UTSA business college opens global venture competition with Canary Islands university

Universidad de las Palmas

Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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(Sept. 2, 2011) -- The UTSA College of Business recently launched a Global Venture Competition with the Universidad de las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The international technology entrepreneurship competition paired 12 UTSA business students with engineering students from the Canary Islands.

"The goal of the program is to strengthen UTSA's global ties with strategic partners through participation in an international business immersion student competition in technology entrepreneurship," said Lynda de la Vina, dean of the UTSA College of Business and executive director of the college's Center for Global Entrepreneurship. "The program provides students with the academic and practical global business immersion experiences that they need to become confident, successful international entrepreneurs."

The UTSA business students teamed up and wrote business plans for the commercialization of a technology prototype that was developed by the Canary Islands engineering students. The five-day competition concluded by crowning a winner, Petrol Clean, a company created to capture and condense combustible vapors. Team members were Randy Cisneros, UTSA; Ivan Lyra, UTSA; and Marta Trujillo, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The competition was led by Cory Hallam, director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), and Anita Leffel, assistant director of CITE.

The UTSA Center for Global Entrepreneurship was established to meet the educational and career needs of emerging market entrepreneurs and those who support them. CITE, an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering, was established to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty and students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures.

Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with 5,600 enrolled students and 37 graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing "Knowledge for a New World." For more information, visit the UTSA College of Business website.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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