Programs

Incubator Programs

Venture Development Incubator Program (VDIP)

UT Dallas’ exclusive incubator space runs a 9-month, milestone driven program open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other university affiliates.

Clean Energy Incubator (CEI)

Partnership with UT Austin and the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). 12-month incubation program for the development and commercialization of clean energy technologies.


Venture Advisory Services

There is no greater way to learn and grow your venture than meeting with industry professionals who can help answer questions and work through challenges. The incubated companies are matched with mentors based on their needs following the initial assessment and have access to one-on-one weekly mentorship opportunities as well as weekly mentor office hours at the VDC. During these sessions, entrepreneurs will have a chance to talk with experienced entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment professionals who have experience working with startup companies. We encourage teams to meet with their mentor several times per month. The goal of this program is to make progress with the venture and develop deep personal working relationships.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please register by following this link. If you are a current mentor and have questions about the program and expectations, please visit  Mentor FAQ.

Click the “Register” button to see the list of available mentors and the times they are available for mentor office hours. Then click “Sign Up” to select a time slot with a mentor.

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Entrepreneurial Development Series (EDS)

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) provides formal training programs for students, faculty, staff, and the entrepreneurial community. These sessions make up the Entrepreneurial Development Series and are focused on tactical, module-based training that prepares entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors for the launch of a new business. We have collaborated with the IIE to develop a series tailored specifically to the needs of incubated companies at the VDC who are going through the Venture Development Incubator Program (VDIP).

The Entrepreneurial Development Series will be held on the last Friday of every month from 10am-2pm. Once your team is accepted into VDIP you will be able to access the schedule, topics, and sign-up for the sessions that interest you.

Registration for the Spring semester has closed.

 


Community Programs

There are numerous programs around the DFW community that support and promote startup growth. We encourage VDC teams to participate in as many of these events as possible. Incubated companies will also have a custom plan built for them outlining a community engagement strategy based on their fundraising needs.

1 Million Cups Dallas

1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Prior to presenting, the founder prepares by incorporating lessons from the Kauffman Founders School “Powerful Presentations” series, featuring Nathan Gold. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face. You can apply to present at 1 Million Cups here.

Dallas New Tech by Launch DFW

Dallas New Tech is a monthly showcase event for new and exciting companies/technologies. Every month, the community gets together to socialize and check out the hottest developments from 6 local startups around the metroplex. You can apply to present at Dallas New Tech here.