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Artiman Ventures brings the vision of Silicon Valley startups to UTA

Friday, March 11, 2016

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Amit Shah, partner in Artiman Ventures

Silicon Valley investment group Artiman Ventures will hold a two-day session at The University of Texas at Arlington on April 7-8 to brainstorm with faculty, students and local entrepreneurs on how to help move new technologies to the marketplace.

The fundamentals of a startup and what it takes to succeed will be the focus of the afternoon seminar from 2-5 p.m. April 7, followed by a networking session with speakers and entrepreneurs. Students, faculty and local businesses in the Dallas Fort Worth area are invited to attend the seminar, which will be held in the Lone Star Room at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive on the UTA campus.

Faculty members and students are invited April 8 to a series of small group meetings and follow-up sessions in the UTA StartUp Lounge, 505 W. Nedderman Drive.

For information about the sessions, please contact Teri Schultz at tschultz@exchange.uta.edu.

The seminar is part of the University’s broader effort to match technologies developed on campus with the businesses and entrepreneurs who can benefit most.

Artiman Ventures partner Amit Shah offered some insight into what budding entrepreneurs will hear during the seminar.

What kind of work do you specialize in?

A lot of research and technology is being developed at universities, but the researchers don’t have the ability to transform their ideas into business solutions. We brainstorm and work with them to teach them other ways to look at problems.

Researchers are accustomed to solving development issues with a grant – we help them to find new ways to move forward their ideas.

You talk about a multi-disciplinary approach. What do you mean by that?

Experience in one area can be applied in another. We had a client who had extensive experience designing chips, but who now has a construction company.

In the past, he had to ensure that a new chip worked with all the computer’s applications the first time it was used. So he simulated everything, working all the applications with the new chip. He is now applying that knowledge of simulation to the construction of new buildings to ensure that customers get what they want.

What do you expect people to learn at the seminar?

Coming from Silicon Valley, we have a lot of experience with startups and have a good idea of what could fail and what may succeed.

Our three-hour seminar is about the fundamentals of a startup, the lifecycle of a startup. We will also bring successful entrepreneurs to discuss their experience and what it takes to succeed.

It will be a mentoring experience and also a networking opportunity.

Has Artiman Ventures decided to invest in university-generated ideas in the past?

We have a program to visit universities and meet with their best and brightest. So far, three successful companies have come out of these meetings.

In general, it is important for us to link up with extraordinary people to create a network that can develop innovative multi-disciplinary solutions to real-life problems.

What would be your recommendation to a young entrepreneur?

Brain power exists everywhere but there is not always an ecosystem locally to help support bringing ideas out of the university into the market.

Come to meet with us and we can help you move it forward.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. UTA is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

 

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