Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

1 Semester Startup

Do you dream of starting your own company? 1 Semester Startup is a chance to experience entrepreneurship first-hand, learning from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Austin. Students will form interdisciplinary teams to start companies, assisted with a semester-long program of startup acceleration: speakers, mentors and supervised project work. Mentors will be exceptional people who have successfully started one or more companies and are now committed to working with you. Enrollment is limited and requires approval of the instructors. Some prep work will be required before the semester begins. This is an amazing opportunity – don't miss it.

Starting your own company is a great way to change the world. You've heard how Steve Jobs changed the world with his insanely great products from Apple Computer. More examples: James Truchard changed the world with National Instruments, Bill Gates with Microsoft, John Mackey with Whole Foods Market, Michael Dell with Dell and Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook. All these founders and their teams are still changing the world, with impacts measured into the millions of jobs and billions of dollars. Three of these entrepreneurs are still running their companies in Austin. One started his $10B company in a dorm room at UT Austin; another started his $10B company after dropping out of UT; and the third got a Ph.D. here before starting his $1B company.

If you think you might like to follow in their footsteps, you should consider this class — a new practicum course being designed to accelerate your startup for degree credit. The course will have professors, speakers, mentors, teaching assistants and entrepreneurial teams, all focused on your learning how to use the machinery of free enterprise.

Special thanks to Professor Bruce Porter for his instrumental role in creating this class.