UT Dallas Seed Fund


The UT Dallas Seed Fund is supporting Mockingbird Ventures with their next $50,000 Investment using a SAFE agreement. UTD graduate and undergraduate students will help identify, evaluate, and recommend a startup for investment to Mockingbird Ventures.

The UT Dallas Seed Fund is an academic program established by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2016 and has supported startups with early stage funding including ShearShare, Fan Guru, Zabo, Meowtel, Tankee, Collbox, SurviVR, and Lazarus 3D.


Mockingbird Ventures is a seed-stage fund focused on getting entrepreneurs in Dallas their first investment to help validate their concepts

Mockingbird Ventures

The fund will consider proposals using the following evaluation criteria:

  • Early seed stage, past ideation stage
  • Based in Texas – with a preference for the North Texas region
  • Expect valuation for funding to be less than $5 million
  • Is or will be working full time on venture
  • Visit Mockingbird Ventures for further information

Mockingbird Ventures and the UT Dallas Seed Fund plan to conclude the investment process by April 30, 2021


When you are ready to apply, click this link to go to the application.

January 22nd: Applications Open
February 23rd: Applications Close
March 11th:  Top candidates selected
March 25th: Secondary applications due
March 11th-April 8th: In-person pitch meetings and product demos
April 8th-April 29th: Final due diligence and in-person meetings
April 29th: Investments formally announced.

If you are interested in or have any questions, please contact:

Bryan Chambers

Director - UT Dallas Seed Fund

Senior Lecturer