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TVL Director Adams Named Champion of Small Business - August 9, 2011

Rob Adams, director of Texas Venture Labs and lecturer of management, earned a 2011 Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition for Capital (NCFC), a non-profit organization that advocates innovative access to capital policies that enable the growth of small businesses.

The Champion of Small Business award recognizes officials who have exhibited leadership in providing access to capital for entrepreneurs and growing businesses. The award was presented at the National Conference of State Legislatures Aug. 8.

As director of Texas Venture Labs, Adams works to accelerate the rate of start-ups on its campus, offering entrepreneurs an accelerated route in bringing their innovations to market. He is also an active angel investor and author of the books, “A Good Hard Kick in the Ass: Basic Training for Entrepreneurs” and “If You Build it Will They Come?”

TVL Collaboration Contributes to Cockrell Ranking - by JAIME REYES on FEBRUARY 16, 2011

Texas Venture Labs received some nice recognition from U.S. News & World Report recently. In the magazine’s ranking and writeup of graduate-level engineering programs — in which UT’s Cockrell School ranks no. 9 —  TVL is mentioned as an enriching element of the program. To quote from the article: “Additional opportunities to supplement an engineering education include initiatives at Texas Venture Labs, where business and engineering principles are fused to promote start-ups on campus.” In only two semesters, TVL has welcomed more than a dozen engineering students into the program. They are collaborating with business, law and natural sciences grad students to accelerate entrepreneurial ventures from UT and Austin.

Click here to visit the listing at U.S. News‘ website.

Click here to read an article that explains a little more about TVL and its opportunities for Cockrell students.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Emerging at UT - by CLAUDIA PRIETO on DECEMBER 8, 2010

Universities are hotbeds of research and new technology innovation. The challenge can be getting those new ideas and inventions out into the broader world. But thanks to increased cooperation across campus and the addition of entrepreneurial-minded programming, technologies created by University of Texas faculty members, researchers and students are finding a wider pipeline to market than ever before. A university the size of UT Austin has researchers working in a vast array of fields—engineering, biology, chemistry and computer science, to name just a few. That breadth of innovation puts the university into the top tier of all research institutions in the country. But the wide variety of disciplines can be a challenge to manage from a commercialization viewpoint, said Richard Miller, the university’s chief commercialization officer, in remarks at Venture Expo, a daylong event put on by Texas Venture Labs Nov. 19.  Read more.

Inaugural Venture Expo to Showcase University’s Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Successes -by JAIME REYES on OCTOBER 6, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas—Rob Adams, director of Texas Venture Labs (TVL) at The University of Texas at Austin, announced the program’s first Venture Exposition to be held November 19, 2010. The event is open to the public and will showcase new ventures ready for commercialization and funding from across the university. “This is an update since the launch of Texas Venture Labs last March,” said Adams. “We will talk about new ventures from across the campus that are under development — opportunities for commercialization and funding coming from sources such as the Office of Technology Commercialization, the Austin Technology Incubator and Texas Venture Labs.”

“There are solid deals in the works coming from multiple campus sources,” said Jeff Harbach, a second-year MBA who has worked with Texas Venture Labs since it was formed. “As a student in TVL, I’ve had an up-close look at the cross-campus collaboration of the graduate schools of business, engineering, and law.” The day-long event will include more than 15 presentations on new ventures and feature a lunch program with remarks on “The State of Entrepreneurship at UT” by University President William Powers Jr. Other speakers will include Thomas Gilligan, Dean of the McCombs School of Business; Gregory Fenves, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering; Richard Miller, new Chief Commercialization Officer at the university; and Adams.

The morning session will include opportunities from the Office of Technology Commercialization featuring technologies developed on campus with commercial potential. This will be followed by the Austin Technology Incubator which will feature several startup companies that are ready for funding. The afternoon will include a space dedication for Texas Venture Labs and details on the ten new ventures currently in the program, covering deals that are in the process of being prepared for commercialization as well as opportunities ready to fund. Bazaarvoice CEO Brett Hurt will be keynoting the close of the event, sharing thoughts on entrepreneurs, universities and venture capital which will be followed by a cocktail reception. All events take place at the AT&T Executive Conference Center. There is no charge for the event, but registration is limited and filling up fast. The schedule and registration for the public is available here.