(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.
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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