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Join the Longhorn Startup community in Spring 2014!

There are many ways to get involved with Longhorn Startup next Spring. If you’re a student, you can sign up for the Seminar to get introduced to the community and inspired by great entrepreneurs telling their stories first-hand. If you have a startup, you can join the Lab and get support, mentoring and college credit for working on your startup. Austin community members can get involved by mentoring a student team and attending our Demo Day at the end of each semester.

Take the seminar

Longhorn Startup Seminar introduces students to the world of startups though the experiences of people who have built successes and learned from failures. Students will also get a chance to see student startups from Longhorn Startup Lab present on a regular basis and participate in numerous optional networking events.

This track is open enrollment to all students at UT Austin. Any student from any college can register for the following course numbers:

  • CS178 (53533) = Longhorn Startup Seminar (CNS/CS)
  • ES177 = Longhorn Startup Seminar (Cockrell)

Take the lab

Longhorn Startup Lab is the ultimate startup challenge for student entrepreneurs. Students must apply to the program as a team and should already have a startup in progress. In addition to the lecture series and networking events, student teams can expect hands-on mentoring from hand-picked entrepreneurs and experts from every vertical and discipline. This track requires professor approval. Apply now with your team.

Be a mentor

Calling all Austin entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, marketers and lawyers! Volunteer to be a mentor for a Longhorn Startup team of student entrepreneurs next semester. Come to the Mentor Happy Hour on Thursday, January 9 at Capital Factory to learn more and meet the instructors. Then attend the Mentor Speed Dating on Tuesday, January 14 to meet the teams.

Support the class

One of the assignments for each student team is to “sell” a local Austin company the opportunity to buy pizza for the class and come introduce themselves at the beginning of the evening lecture. Contact Laurie Graham if you’re interested in supporting a class (costs $350-$500 to buy dinner for the class).

Join us at Demo Day

At the end of each semester we have a Demo Day where the students get up on stage and pitch their startup to potential investors and the Austin startup Founderatti.  Join us on Thursday to see the 12 startup from Fall 2013 as well as hear from Cotter Cunningham, founder of recent Austin IPO RetailMeNot; as well as Mark Cuban, founder of, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and “shark” on the TV show Shark Tank.


Welcome to Demo Day Fall 2012!

Official Registration: Register for Demo Day Fall 2012!

1 Semester Startup invites you to Demo Day on November 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM at the Texas Exes Connally Ballroom on UT campus where we will showcase the 10 undergraduate startups from our Fall 2012 class.

We are fortunate to have Rony Kahan, CEO and Co-founder of Indeed as our keynote speaker. Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 70 million unique visitors and 1.5 billion job searches per month. As the leading pay-for-performance recruitment advertising network, Indeed drives millions of targeted applicants to jobs in every field and is the most cost-effective source of candidates for thousands of companies.

Undergraduate students experienced entrepreneurship first-hand, learning from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Austin. University of Texas students from many different departments including Computer Science, Engineering and Management started companies and were assisted with a semester-long program of startup acceleration: speakers, mentors, and supervised project work. Mentors are exceptional people who have successfully started one or more companies.

Each startup will get 6 minutes on stage and then you can go and talk to them afterwards. There will be numerous other leaders from the Austin entrepreneurial community in attendence as well.

Fall 2012: Dan Graham

This week, Dan Graham of Build-a-Sign and Chuck Gordon of Sparefoot visit the class to share their startup story.

– Thank you for dinner
– Joshua Baer, Discuss assignments for next week
– Chuck Gordon, founder of Sparefoot
– Dan Graham, Build-a-Sign
– Mentor meetings

WATCH: Dan Graham
SUBMIT: Peer reviews of draft report

PRESENT: Demo Day Dry Run 5 minute pitches

Fall 2012: Networking Dinner at Rudy’s This Saturday!

1 Semester Startup, the interdisciplinary entrepreneurship program at UT, is throwing a networking get-together at Rudy’s on 360 this Saturday at 6PM. If you’d like to hear about the program and how we’re quadrupling enrollment for future semesters (!), come have BBQ with us!

RSVP at the Facebook Event

Fall 2012: Brett Hurt (on Tuesday!)

On Tuesday, Brett Hurt, CEO of BazaarVocie, will be interviewed by Laura Kilcrease in the SAC Ballroom. Attendance is required for 1 Semester Startup students. There will be no class on Thursday.

WATCH: Brett Hurt Interview
BROWSE: Brett Hurt LinkedIn:
BROWSE: Bazaarvoice
BROWSE: Core Metrics
SUBMIT: Draft report, 10 pages

SUBMIT: Peer reviews of draft report
WATCH: Dan Graham