(April 27, 2012) -- UTSA business and engineering students will compete for $100,000 in prizes at San Antonio's largest business planning competition, the UTSA $100K Student Technology Venture Competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28 in the Business Building Richard S. Liu Auditorium (2.01.02) at the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Public viewing of technologies is scheduled for the morning and venture pitches will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
The biannual competition, hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), promotes student entrepreneurship by pairing engineering students who create new technologies with business students who create business plans to market those technologies through a viable start-up.
Nine teams of UTSA business and engineering students are competing in this year's contest. Their companies represent a variety of new technologies including medical devices, electronic management of devices in the home, energy savers, construction and software. The teams will be judged by local academics, business and entrepreneurial experts based on their business plans, new technology and the team presentation. At the close of the daylong competition, some of the winning teams will have the opportunity to start their companies and sell their technologies.
"Since its inception, the UTSA CITE remains focused on coordinating resources in support of early venture creation within the university or in collaboration with local companies," said Cory Hallam, CITE director. "Our competition is a culmination of these efforts as we witness our students execute their visions into feasible business ventures."
The founding sponsor of the competition is the Texas Research Technology Foundation. New and continuing sponsors include Cox Smith Attorneys, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Technology Center, UTSA College of Business, UTSA College of Engineering and UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research.
CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and the College of Engineering. The center focuses on fostering the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through a process of education, experiences, resources and support.
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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