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SW I-Corps

NSF I-Corps™ training is the first step in the Path-to-Market for your product. This hands-on workshop series will guide you through the process of product development using the Customer Development process and with the help of a mentor. Participants will learn how to validate their ideas for the market, how to pitch their ideas to investors, and how to work with mentors to create an investor presentation.

Teams can apply for a $50,000 NSF I-Corps Grant.

Rice Business Plan

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 20th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes. Please contact for more information or with questions.  March 26-28, 2020

Baylor New Venture Competition

A Transformative Experience

The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise is thrilled to host its eighth annual Baylor New Venture Competition on February 22-23, 2019 at Baylor University’s Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. This two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition showcases collegiate entrepreneurs from across the globe. A bonus day is offered for teams to receive additional feedback. 

This journey of personal and professional development includes industry-specific mentorship and coaching towards sustainable business plans.  In addition, student entrepreneurs gain exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators. Teams have the chance to win more than $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources to catalyze and grow their business. Buckle up! The final destination for this adventure is a successfully profitable business that impacts the world.

City of Austin Small Business Program

The Small Business Program provides business training, educational events, and coaching to empower entrepreneurs. Our mission is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. View our 2018 Small Business Needs Assessment

The Small Business Program is moving office locations!
The Small Business Program will be closed May 17, 2019 to move to our new offices located at 5202 E. Ben White, Suite 400. We will reopen on May 20, 2019.


Attention #Startups! Good news! The MassChallenge Texas application deadline has been EXTENDED until Friday March 15 at 6PM CET/12PM ET/11AM CT! Don't miss this chance to get access to up to $500k in cash prizes + corporate partners + expert mentors + 6 months of free office space + a global network:

For 50% off, use code: MCTX19TXSTMCCOY

Camp Entrepreneur:

A weekend intensive with mentors to learn about entrepreneurship.

ARCH Grants: Global Startup Competition

One month left to apply for $50,000 in equity-free funding. What are you waiting for?


  • $50,000 equity-free funding
  • Pro bono support services in legal, accounting, marketing, and human resources
  • Networking support and introductions to angel investment and venture capital networks


  • Idea stage to pre-Series A companies
  • All industries
  • Innovative product/solution
  • Scalable business model
  • Interest in St. Louis and helping its startup ecosystem grow and thrive

Application Deadline:  April 15th


Academic Programs

Entrepreneur Speaker Series



Texas State Digital Series

McCoy College of Business - Entrepreneurship Concentration

Mass Communication Digital Media Innovation

Material Sciences, Engineering, and Commercialization Program

National Business Plan Competitions for Entrepreneurs

Having a cohesive business plan is one of the first steps in starting a business, but it can be a daunting task. Entering a business plan competition and possibly winning cash prizes for your business idea, and having mentors to guide you through the process, can keep your motivation at an all-time high and help you finish every section of your plan. Here are eight of the best competitions to consider entering.

The 15 Largest College Business Plan Competitions

Business plan competitions are a great way for students to get experience working on their idea and win resources to help develop it. While you may not want to pick your school based on a business plan competition alone these schools also have great business and entrepreneurship programs. Most school competitions are for students only but if you live nearby the finals could be a great event to attend to learn and network. Here are 15 of the largest competitions and the total amount of money up for grabs.

12 Best Business Plan Competitions in 2019


Bobcat Made

Bobcat Made is a free maker space lab in ASBN 214 where you can work on personal or class projects. This is a collaborative effort between the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering, but is open to all university students. Our awesome student volunteers are available to help you train in a variety of tools, including laser engraving, 3D printing, embroidery, and more (see tools listed below in tabs to learn more).

Ingram Hall

The Ingram Hall Makerspace is a collaborative academic space for making, exploring, learning, inventing, and free exchange of ideas in a supportive  environment. - Dr. Austin Talley

For questions or general inquiries about the Makerspace, volunteer opportunities, or potential student worker positions, please feel free to contact us at

The Make Lab

The MAKE Lab is a collaborative space facilitated by Dr. Shaunna Smith in the Educational Technology program area of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Texas State University. Inspired by how The Tinkering Studio at The Exploratorium in San Francisco fuses art, science, and technology, Dr. Smith sought ways to bring these hands-on makerspace experiences to teachers and students in the San Marcos, TX area.

Media Innovation


MathWorks MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation.

  • Available to: Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Where to use: All TXST and personal computers
  • Cost: No charge

LBJ Instituite

The Mission of the LBJ Institute is to transform Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to increase the participation and success of diverse communities of educator and students through:

  • Fostering collaborative communities
  • Conducting rigorous research
  • Providing evidence based professional development
  • Improving STEM teaching and learning

Alkek Maker Day

A guide to document our library Maker Days and provide related resources.