UTDesign Startup Challenge


The UTDesign Startup Challenge leverages experiential learning through the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science’s UTDesign senior capstone course to help bring high-potential technology startups to life. Selected ventures will receive $15,000 of engineering services over one or two semesters, a technical mentor, business coaches, and $5,000 cash to grow the business. The program will culminate in the UTDesign capstone Demo Day where each participating startup will present their working prototype.


Application: Click here!


Criteria and Guidelines

The UTDesign Startup Challenge selection committee will consider proposals using the following evaluation criteria:

  • Affiliation with UTD
  • Commitment to take CometX or comparable entrepreneurial training program approved by the Blackstone LaunchPad
  • Technological challenges and requirements in line with the standards and capabilities of respective engineering seniors. (software, IOT, robotics, etc) learn more
  • Clear industry problem, product/company value proposition, and business model.
  • Market research, customer discovery exercises, business and product plans, and any operational progress or milestones achieved to date.
  • Founding team committed to venture success.



October 1 – Applications Open

October 31 – Applications Close

November 3 – Top candidates narrowed down

November 6-10 – Top candidates interviewed

November 16 – 2 winners announced

*The dates above are subject to change at any time.


Please direct questions to Bryan Chambers at bryan.chambers@utdallas.edu