TxSt Entrepreneur Network
All spring entrepreneurial events have been canceled and/or postponed, except NEW VENTURES. New Ventures will still hold their competition. Please check back as we will be updating the specifics of the competition in the near future.
Welcome to the TxSt Entrepreneurial Network website. This website lists all the entrepreneurial activities supported by Texas State New Ventures. The events listed below are reoccurring entrepreneurial activities. Attend an event and qualify for an Entrepreneur Honor Cord (see below for information). Have information to add to our website? Contact us
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)
San Marcos, TX – Known as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the large-scale campaign is active in 170 countries with roughly 9 million participants in 35,000 activities – ranging from small and casual meetups to massive events and competitions that connect, empower, and grow entrepreneurs all over the world. Their mission: “to remove barriers and welcome all.” This year, GEW will take place November 16-22, 2020 and Splash Coworking will lead the effort as “Community Organizer” (CO) for the central Texas region – spanning from Austin to San Antonio, also known as, “The Innovation Corridor”, which includes the Greater San Marcos Area. Read more......
MASS CHALLENGE 2020 VIRTUAL STARTUP SHOWCASE
Join MassChallenge for our largest open-floor, open-to-the-public expo where you can meet 200+ startups solving global issues. The MassChallenge 2020 Virtual Startup Showcase is a tradeshow style event that connects the global innovation community to the game-changing startups from 18 countries and 34 states participating in this year’s #Austin, #Boston, #Houston + #RhodeIsland accelerators. It’s virtual, which means guests can attend from anywhere with an internet-connected device. Get a glimpse at the future of business and technology on July 16 & 17 @ 11 am CT/12 pm ET. Get your tickets HERE
WEW - Coming Fall 2020
WEW Every October.
This is a national event, coordinated by Montclair State University. Texas State participates each year. Our program varies each year. This year our sponsor is the Greater San Marcos Partnership. All events are open to university and non-university individuals. This program will be offered again during 2019, the week of Oct. 19-26.
To see the 2019 program, click here.
EIGHT GREAT FINANCIAL TOOLS AVAILABLE TO SMALL BUSINESSES
Is your business struggling due to the financial hardships caused by COVID-19? Click HERE to see eight financial tools you can use to combat the business struggles.
SBA Loan Assistance
Under the EIDLP, the SBA provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s EIDLP provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Read more...
Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship
5-Cohorts Offered Every Year - $3000 Mini-Grants
Next Cohort: Feb. 24, Mar. 2 and 9 (5:00-9:00pm)
Now accepting applications for April 13, 20, 27 (5-9pm) Apply here.
The Texas State I-CorpsTM program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on business concepts in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. Teams including faculty, students, staff and alumni from Texas State University, and underrepresented community members, may apply for the program. No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required. Learn how to validate your potential market over the course of a 3-week program. See icorps.txstate.edu for the latest updates.
Texas State 2020 INNOVATION SERIES
Our next event is March 10 @ STAR Park Go To Market and Digital Marketing for Startups where you can also learn how to win $20K for your idea!
Joe DeMike is a marketing and product launch expert. He held leadership roles at Google and Facebook. Joe is founder of Rockbound Investments and a graduate of the Wharton School as well as the United State Military Academy at West Point.
He will be will discussing marketing:
Goals for companies at any stage of development
Proven strategies and blueprints
Tactics and digital tools
The Innovation Series is held the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 – 6:30 at the STAR One incubator.
Sample Topics (will change as opportunities and needs are identified)
April 14: Milestones and Metrics for Startups
May 12: Starting, Engaging and Growing Non-Profits
June 9: Building a Financial Model
July 14: High Performance Teams and Partnerships
August 11: Persevere or Pivot
Sept. 8: Business Models
Oct. 13: Positioning: Unique and Compelling
Nov.10: Problems Not Solutions
Dec. 8: Money
WiSE Conference 2020
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Every Spring Semester: Friday March 6th
Since 2010, Texas State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference has provided opportunities for young women studying for careers in the science and engineering fields to gain insights into successful engineering, science, and career practices from experienced professionals, educators, and fellow students.
A key goal of our conference is to provide a place for women to become inspired and empowered, explore opportunities and challenges in STEM, talk with like-minded professionals, and learn what others are doing. A unique feature of WiSE is the opportunity for students to apply for our Women’s Giving Circle and event sponsor scholarships each year.
New Ventures Innovation Competition
Offered Every April-May - $20,000 & 1-Yr at STAR Park
Deadline to apply: March 13, 2020
Materials Applications Research Center (MARC): https://www.marc.txstate.edu/
New Ventures will provide a seamless environment integrating applied multidisciplinary academic research, industry sponsored projects, and experiential learning opportunities for students addressing creation of a talent pipeline by integration of research, education and commercialization outreach. The competition is open to all student, faculty or staff member holding a valid Texas State ID.
Competition for $20,000 prize along with space at STAR Park will be May 2020, 1-5pm. Application deadline is April 5th. Apply here.
Camp Entrepreneur Every Long Semester
Camp Entrepreneur is Texas’s ONLY founder lead entrepreneurship camp. During camp you will hear founder lead topics around ideation, purpose, personal development, validation, as well as founder stories. You’ll get the opportunity to make connections with founders and like-minded participants in an environment designed to build meaningful relationships (40 Person Cap), relationships that could turn into mentorships and partnerships. Lastly, you’ll get to tap in to your competitive spirit as you take on other teams in Kickball, Spark Olympics, and our camper favorite Spark Mission. Get back to your summer camp roots or enjoy your first camp experience. We run on an application basis and you can apply via our website. Next Camp: Spark: April 10-12, 2020 Apply Here
Camp Location: Spicewood, TX (On Lake Travis)
Application Deadline: TBD
3DS Every Long Semester
Next program: Dive Deep is Feb. 28 - Mar. 1.
Go to their website here Note applications for spring semester are closed. For more information, contact Dan Roy, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for McCoy College of Business. 3DS is offered every long semester. Participation is limited, so apply early! Come hear their presentations on Mar. 1st, 3-5pm at Industry, 110 E. Martin Luther King, San Marcos, TX
NSF I-Corps Node
NSF I-CORPS REGIONAL PROGRAM LEARN MORE & APPLY
Participants for the Regional Program can apply for a mini-grant from the Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship to attend this program. For more information.
The Brew Bike team is currently recruiting students to run the business as CEO, HR Manager, Operations Manager, and hourly associates. But they are looking to reach these students who are extremely passionate about starting their own business and/or getting real-life experience in the food service industry. Please let me know if you have any student organizations that you oversee or students interested in starting their own business. Sponsored by Chartwells
Entrepreneur Honor Cords
Students participating in Entrepreneurial Events at Texas State can purchase an Honor Cord to wear at graduation, $10 plus tax. Students must participate in 3-events that have been listed on this website.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will now have online entrepreneurial events that students may “attend” to receive credit towards the purchase of an entrepreneurial cord.
Please click here for Online events.
Need funding to grow your business?
Do you have an innovative idea that will take your business to the next level? Whether you are using technology to disrupt your market, have created a better way to serve existing customers, innovated to create a whole new product, service, or business model we want to know! Nominate your company for the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest for the chance to be one of five finalists who pitch your idea to a distinguished panel of judges. The winning pitch will receive $10,000.
Deadline Friday, July 3 Submit Your Idea
Have any idea on how to assist small businesses during this pandemic ??
Your idea matters to us!!
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