The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs and events to explore for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community to explore startups, research, and innovation. Take a look at our wide variety of experiential learning-based programs, events, workshops, panels, conferences, challenges, and more.
Big Idea Competition
The Big Idea Competition (BIC) launched in 2007 by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Hosted annually, it has quickly become the largest student pitch competition on campus.
Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars
Partnership program that enables participants to access mentoring, grow their network, and access resources to accelerate the success of their business.
Capital Factory Partnership Program
Partnership program that gives a select number of student/alumni founders free co-working memberships to Capital Factory.
Experiential program that pulls student teams into an environment that incubates ideas and engages prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept.
Earth Entrepreneurship Forum
The Earth Entrepreneurship Forum focuses on current and near-future opportunities for ventures in energy, clean tech digital infrastructure, and the connected grid.
Emerging Technology Summit
The Emerging Technologies Summit (EmTech) brings together students, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to network and share insights on the biggest topics in tech.
The GalXc Accelerator provides education, training, networking and mentoring to female students interested in exploring entrepreneurship.
The Innovate(her) program, sponsored by Capital One, was created to educate young women about technology, design thinking, finance and entrepreneurship through active engagement with a community of successful women entrepreneurs.
Seed Fund Venture Analyst Program
Unique experiential course that enables students to directly participate in the process leading to seed investments by engaging in a rigorous due diligence process. UT Dallas Seed Fund aims to fund at least one startup per semester.
Startup Internship & Career Fair
Occurring once in the Fall and Spring, SICF aims to connect UT Dallas students to local startups for career opportunities and the opportunity to tap into the North Texas startup ecosystem.
UT Dallas Seed Fund
The UT Dallas Seed Fund invests exclusively in technology startups founded by the UTD community and are ready for commercial product development.
UTDesign Startup Challenge
The UTDesign Startup Challenge leverages experiential learning through Computer Science’s UTDesign senior capstone course to help bring high-potential technology startups to life.