Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation fosters a vibrant and supportive atmosphere for our students, scholars and researchers as they drive to innovate, commercialize new technologies, and pioneer new companies that will impact our North Texas communities and the global economy for decades into the future.


The CEEI is currently in a “soft launch” phase, defining priorities, building relationships and connections, establishing new programs and increasing the visibility of our existing flagship programs.

The CEEI connects UTA students to opportunities that allow them to:

  • Find courses to explore entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship & artrepreneurship
  • Secure early-stage funding for their business ideas
  • Meet like-minded students, faculty and community members
  • Identify resources at UTA and beyond that can help grow their businesses
  • Explore internships and research projects with established companies

The CEEI provides tools and resources to UTA faculty who are:

  • Educators including entrepreneurship and economic innovation topics in their curriculum
  • Innovators conducting industry-relevant research and developing new technologies with commercial potential
  • Entrepreneurs who have launched their own companies

The CEEI provides links between UTA and the broader ecosystem by:

  • Hosting and co-promoting events and workshops
  • Connecting students, faculty, companies and the community to relevant resources
  • Increasing the visibility of UTA’s novel technologies to potential licensees
  • Establishing relationships between UTA and company researchers
  • Providing representatives for organizations, councils, consortia

The CEEI encourages UTA alumni to stay engaged with the university by:

  • Appointing invited alumni to the CEEI’s Collaborators Committee
  • Creating website features & press pieces highlighting their achievements
  • Offering opportunities to serve as mentors & coaches to current students
  • Inviting alumni to participate as guest speakers & panelists

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Maverick Innovators Short Film Series

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Innovation is partnering with UTA’s own MavFilms to produce video vignettes featuring Maverick entrepreneurs and innovators. The MavFilms production company allows film/video undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional experience working as a crew on client-based projects. Keep an eye on this space as we continue to build the library of Maverick stories. If you have an idea for a feature, please email kimberly.mayer@uta.edu.

UTA at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021

UT Arlington highlighted student and alumni entrepreneurs and ecosystem resources at this year's virtual Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Funding Options For New Ventures

One of the first challenges founders face is identifying adequate funding for their new venture. What options are there and how do you access them? Join Hayden Blackburn, executive director of TechFW, and our panel of experts as they discuss dilutive and non-dilutive funding options for new ventures.

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How Founders Can Identify Community Issues In Need Of Solutions

Many founders seek opportunities to solve problems in their communities. What types of issues need solutions and how do founders become aware of the most pertinent ones? Kim Mayer, executive director of UTA's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation, led our panelists in a discussion of the process from idea to implementation.

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Entrepreneurial Pathways

Investors often refer to "lifestyle" or "high-growth" ventures. What do these terms mean? How does a founder decide which to pursue? Is it pre-determined by the type of business? Our panel of founders will describe the paths they've chosen as they've launched and grown their companies. Matt Clark, faculty director for UTA's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation moderates the discussion.

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Making Sense of Accelerators, Co-working and Competitions

Founders may be faced with a dizzying array of opportunities to help launch and grow their ventures. What is the difference between an accelerator and an incubator? What about between incubators and co-working spaces? And how can founders effectively leverage competitions and prizes that might include access to other opportunities? Join UTA alumnus Scott Parsinen and our panel of guests as they describe these resources and the vital role they play in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Featured Flagship Programs @ UTA

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MAVS100

MAVS100 recognizes and celebrates Maverick-led businesses and success stories in UTA entrepreneurship.

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Innovation Day

Innovation Day celebrates and showcases the innovative, transformative research and undergraduate capstone projects being done by College of...

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Deep Dive

Deep Dive is a hands-on, seven-week mini accelerator open to the public.

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EpICMavs

Bring your startup to life.

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FabLab

The UTA Libraries' FabLab is an 8,000-square-foot space containing 3D printers, laser cutters, screen printers, kilns, sewing machines, and much more...

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COE Maker Space

UTA's Electrical Engineering Maker Space offers 3D printers, milling machines and more to bring ideas to life.

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Packaging Program

the Art & Art History Department at UTA offers an educational path that leads graduates directly into the economically viable packaging industry.

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Venture Mentoring Services

Advancing North Texas innovation through world-class mentoring.

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If you'd like to suggest a program to be featured, please email ContactCEEI@uta.edu.


Meet Our Entrepreneurs & Economic Innovators

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Molly Sandlin

Molly Sandlin is the founder and president of CAET Project Management and the 2020 winner of MAVS 100.

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Frank Ridout

There is possibly not a more aptly named business than Frankly Good, a Dallas cookie startup from a guy named Frank.<br class="t-last-br" />

Learn About Frank

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The Hoang Brothers

Brothers Dennis, Davis and Douglas Hoang co-founded Patturn, a cloud-based platform that helps clients manage retail returns<br class="t-last-br" />

Learn About Patturn

CEEI Collaborators Committee

 

The CEEI Collaborators Committee offers strategic insight and wisdom to the Executive Director and UTA leadership on initiatives intended to generate startup activity and spur innovative economic development that can have meaningful and lasting impact. As leaders from our community, our Collaborators help connect the university to the wider entrepreneurial network in North Texas and leverage opportunities to raise the visibility of UTA, our programs and our people to the national and international level.


These names are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Greg Barron
  • Maggie Campbell - Chair
  • Michael Chaffin
  • Cameron Cushman
  • Duane Dankesreiter
  • Tracey Davies
  • Linda Dipert
  • Srinivas Gorty
  • Sabrina Harrison
  • Debbie Hutchinson
  • Michael Jacobson
  • Teik Lim
  • Sam Mahrouq
  • Jim Minge
  • Rosa Navejar
  • Scott Parsinen
  • Evelyn Torres
  • Brenna Wadleigh
  • Jeff Williams  

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Box 19145
Arlington, TX 76019-0145
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