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(Nov. 29, 2012) -- Six UTSA teams comprised of business and engineering students will compete for $100,000 in cash and business-related services at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition hosted Dec. 1 by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). Competitors will be scored on the viability of their proprietary new technologies and the business plans they developed to market those technologies.

>> The UTSA $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 in McKinney Humanities Building Room 2.01.10 on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon.

Held semi-annually, the UTSA competition offers the largest award of all undergraduate business-planning competitions in the nation. The competitors will offer new technologies poised to enhance the health care, fitness, safety, manufacturing and retail industries.

"This tech start-up competition is just one of the incredible opportunities that UTSA's entrepreneurial students have that show them how they can turn their ideas into real products on the market," said Cory Hallam, CITE director. "It is an exciting thing to be able to showcase and foster the work of our future industry leaders."

Members of the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio have mentored the teams, which will be judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their technology, business plan and presentation. At the close of the daylong competition, the winning teams will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to potential investors. In addition to a cash prize, the winning teams will receive consulting services, marketing services, office space and other benefits to support them in getting their projects off the ground.

The UTSA $100,000 New Technology Venture Competition is sponsored by the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, Cox | Smith, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Technology Center, Startech, Rackspace Hosting, UTSA College of Business and UTSA College of Engineering.

CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and the College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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