Seed Fund Venture Analysts Program


The UT Dallas Seed Fund course enables entrepreneurial and finance students to directly participate in the process leading to seed investments or grants in high-potential startups by engaging in a rigorous due diligence process that leads to initial grant funding. Investments and/or grants made to UT Dallas student, faculty, and alumni startups can range from $10,000 to $100,000 in funding per company depending upon the needs and success of the business.The Seed Fund Support course is an elective administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academic Program at UT Dallas. The course will support program activity of the UT Dallas Seed Fund, a UTD development office fund, structured under the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE). The UT Dallas Seed Fund aims to fund at least one startup per semester.

This course is designed to evaluate investment risks and upside of early-stage technology-enabled business models. The course utilizes a structured investment strategy and due diligence methodology that requires comprehensive student involvement. Business assumptions and performance metrics will be evaluated utilizing primary and secondary market research, interviews with users/customers and other industry professionals, in addition to field-testing and site visits.

The course is offered in both Fall and Spring Semesters.
Course Number: ENTP 4V00
Course Title: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship – Seed Fund Support

Instructor consent required. Completion of ENTP/FIN 3360 (Entrepreneurial Finance) preferred.
With instructor permission, students that do not need academic credit may request to audit the course.

If you are interested in or have any questions about Seed Fund Venture Analysts Program, please contact:

Bryan Chambers

Program Director - Blackstone LaunchPad

Senior Lecturer