Listed below are entrepreneurial related events that occur once or twice per year specifically for members of Texas State.
Please see our Entrepreneurial Program page for activities that include faculty, staff, students, alumni and/or community members.
Materials Applications Research Center
MARC 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 $20,000 prize along with space at STAR Park will be May 4th, 1-5pm. Application deadline is April 5th. Apply here.
Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship
The Texas State I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on business concepts in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. Teams including faculty, students, staff and alumni from Texas State University, and underrepresented community members, may apply for the program. No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required. Learn how to validate your potential market over the course of a 3-week program. See icorps.txstate.edu for the latest updates.
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Since 2010, Texas State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference has provided opportunities for young women studying for careers in the science and engineering fields to gain insights into successful engineering, science, and career practices from experienced professionals, educators, and fellow students.
A key goal of our conference is to provide a place for women to become inspired and empowered, explore opportunities and challenges in STEM, talk with like-minded professionals, and learn what others are doing. A unique feature of WiSE is the opportunity for students to apply for our Women’s Giving Circle and event sponsor scholarships each year.
March 8th, 8am-5pm, LBJSC
Fast Pitch 400$
Fast Pitch 400$ is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students who are in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable business ideas, to present their business concepts in front of a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts. Come pitch your idea in 90-seconds on March 29th! More information, click here.
3DS Deep Dive
The 3DS -Deep Dive program is a partnership between 3 Day Startup and Texas State University. This program is intended to be an extension of the 3DS Fundamentals course, which was held in the fall semester. The program revolves around a deeper dive into assessing the potential viability of a new business idea from a business and customer point of view. The event starts on Friday, April 12th at 6:00pm. It will go throughout the weekend, concluding on Sunday, April 14th in the afternoon. To apply:
https://txstate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSXoFns0XNxczJ3 Deadline to apply is: Friday, March 29, 2019, at 5:00 p.m
For more information, contact Dan Roy, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for McCoy College of Business email: email@example.com
Southwest I-Corps™ hosts Regional Programs throughout the year for entrepreneurs. These, more in-depth programs from Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship, are the next step in doing the due diligence of making sure you are on the path to starting a success business. Learn more and apply for upcoming programs.
Hey - women entrepreneurs! These is a special SW I-Corps program just for you. Southwest I-Corps is offering a regional NSF I-Corps program for female researchers to facilitate the commercial evaluation of academic research and innovation, and develop eligible teams for the national NSF I-Corps program and a $50,000 I-Corps team grant. During the program, teams will be introduced to the fundamental I-Corps principles, helping teams explore the potential value of their research or innovation, and quickly and effectively validate their commercialization.
WEW - Innovation Program
This event is part of the Texas State I-Corps Site grant and sponsored by Materials Applications Research Center (MARC). This is part of a 4-day program series for assisting faculty, staff, and students to develop a startup business concept during Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW). This program will be offered again during 2019, the week of Oct. 19-26.
To see the 2018 program, click here.
WEW - Speaker Series
Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018 was from October 13 - 20 and was open to Texas State faculty, staff, students, and guests. The week’s activities are a joint effort among Texas State University, the Chamber of Commerce of San Marcos, and our Round Rock campus. Please note - WEW 2018 has been concluded. For information, click here.
Women Entrepreneurship Week for 2019 will be October 19-26, 2019. Details regarding the Speaker Series and 4-day Innovation will be posted by August 1, 2019.
Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off
Texas State University is one of the four universities throughout the United States selected to participate in the Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off program.
Microsoft has teamed up with Net Impact to give students the opportunity to propose a solution addressing a problem in their local community. Judges from Microsoft and the local community will evaluate proposals. There are four prompts students can choose among to develop a solution for. The prompts include:
- How can Microsoft extend its commitment to environmental sustainability?
- How can Microsoft leverage its technical knowledge and assets to address the digital divide?
- How can the company extend this commitment to help underrepresented groups gain digital skills?
- How can the company best engage with community stakeholders to understand local needs?
Students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as faculty can form teams of two to five people. The teams' 300-word proposals will be due on Oct. 30 on the Net Impact website.
The top 10 teams will pitch their idea in front of the judging panel on Nov. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in Texas State’s Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business 233. The winning team will receive $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 seed money to implement their idea.
With more than 300 chapters in nearly 40 countries, Net Impact is a leadership accelerator for students and emerging professionals will bring positive change to the world’s most pressing challenges. Net Impact's programs help new leaders broaden their thinking, build their networks and scale their impact beyond just individual actions.
For more information about the program, visit www.netimpact.org/programs/2019-Microsoft-Interest-Form.