(March 12, 2013) -- The UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) has partnered with Soldiers' Angels to form an entrepreneurship training program for veterans in San Antonio interested in starting a business venture as a route to financial independence.
The Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy is a six-month program that will take the entrepreneur from concept to business development, business plan and investor pitch. Participating veterans will benefit from a rigorous, structured curriculum with hands-on learning, seminars, networking opportunities, and personalized interaction and mentoring by successful veteran entrepreneurs.
Additionally, veterans in each class will compete for venture capital to establish their new businesses when they exit the academy. By the end of the six-month program, the goal is that each participating veteran will have developed a start-up business and appointed an advisory board.
Under the coordination of CITE assistant director Anita Leffel, CITE will provide curriculum, instruction, program materials, mentorship and advising for the academy.
The entrepreneur academy launches a new endeavor by Soldiers' Angels called Project-360°, which will be a full-circle, drop-in support center for service members of all branches. In addition to the entrepreneur academy, Project-360° will include a resource center for veteran issues and transition support and a health and wellness center addressing both physical and mental fitness.
Offered both onsite at the Soldiers' Angels Support Center in San Antonio and offsite via the Internet, the academy's curriculum will equip students to be truly successful in America's competitive business environment. Designed as a business incubator, the entrepreneur academy will include full amenities such as high-speed wireless, conference rooms, meeting rooms, private offices, and a resource room with copiers, scanners and other resources.
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based, award-winning nonprofit organization that provides aid and comfort to members of the U.S. armed forces as well as veterans and military families.
CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering, which fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.
The first Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy class of 20 onsite students in San Antonio is scheduled to start in July.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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