By Michael Spenn
Marketing Specialist, Startech
(Oct. 30, 2012) -- The Startech Foundation announces New Venture Forum Lite, a new series that gives UTSA students and alumni the information they need to determine if the path to entrepreneurship is a fit for them and to learn about the steps necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. The series is free for UTSA students and alumni.
New Venture Forum Lite is an introductory, three-session prequel to the full 10-session format of the New Venture Forum, a popular series that provides startup technology companies with the basic knowledge and skills needed to improve their chances of receiving equity funding.
"UTSA students who are exploring the possibility of becoming entrepreneurs should take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to gain the real-world perspective of entrepreneurship experts outside of the classroom," said Anita Leffel, assistant director of the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE).
New Venture Forum Lite will be 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 13, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at the Roadrunner Incubator in Business Building Room 3.02.26 on the UTSA Main Campus. The forum is a workshop with dialogue between experts and potential entrepreneurs.
The three topics of New Venture Forum Lite will be:
New Venture Forum Lite is sponsored by the Startech Foundation and is in collaboration with CITE. Students who complete all three sessions can participate in a directed research credit program in the spring semester that involves attending the full 10-session format of the New Venture Forum.
The Startech Foundation is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) Texas corporation that exists to inspire technology innovation and commercialization, create technology companies and grow them into viable businesses in the South Texas economy. Startech offers venture innovation, investment and collaborative services for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, service providers and partners interested in innovation and commercialization.
Startech works closely with several funding sources including the South Texas Angel Network, Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Venture Capital, SBIR and STTR grants, Microsoft BizSpark, and many others. From 2003 to 2011, Startech portfolio clients raised more than $261 million in external financing.
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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