Startup Programs

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-campus initiative that aims to support students, faculty, and staff in their endeavors to launch new businesses. The IIE does this through a series of academic and co-curricular programs. Please visit academic programs for more information.



Comet Accelerator

Comet Accelerator is a ten-week, experiential program that pulls faculty, staff, and students into an environment to incubate ideas and engage prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept.

Commercialization Bootcamps

The IIE, in partnership with the Venture Development Center and Office of Technology Commercialization, provides training and education programs for the UT Dallas and DFW entrepreneurial communities. The UT Dallas Commercialization Bootcamps are one day, intensive education courses that focus on technical, intellectual property, and market feasibility.

Entrepreneurial Development Series

The IIE provides formal training programs for students, faculty, staff, and the entrepreneurial community. These sessions comprise the Entrepreneurial Development series and are focused on tactical training that prepares entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors for the launch of a new business.

Student Seed Fund

This program will enable entrepreneurial students, faculty and alumni to seek seed investments in high-potential startups by engaging in a rigorous due diligence process that leads to initial equity investment funding.

Spring Quick Pitch Competition

The UT Dallas Quick Pitch Competition is held in the Spring and brings creative business ideas out! Students teams are asked to submit a business concept and prepare a 3-minute presentation using only one slide that describes the problem in the market, how their business solves it, what key value their solution brings, and the estimated size of the market.

Student Startup Internship Fair

The Student Startup Internship Fair features local startup companies looking for interns to fill various positions to help their startup grow. Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome to attend.

The Student Startup Accelerator

Presented by the UT Dallas IIE and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), the Student Startup Accelerator is a 10-week program to help student startup teams from all over North Texas launch their venture by using lean startup methodologies.

Venture Advisory Services

The UT Dallas Venture Advisory Services program is designed to leverage external mentors, guest speakers, and resources into a hub of information that can be mobilized to help student, faculty, and staff startup teams in the launch of their businesses.