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

UTA at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

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

Businesses for Social Impact

Dr. Jeff McGee, from UT Arlington’s College of Business, moderated a conversation with student entrepreneurs about developing a business to have social impact. Winners of UT Arlington’s MavPitch competition discussed why being intentional about social impact is important to them.

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Diversity and Business

Matt Clark, Faculty Director at UT Arlington’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation, led a lively discussion with a diverse group of UT Arlington student entrepreneurs about how a focus on diversity shaped the development and growth of their businesses.

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Resources for Building a Business

The North Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem provides many opportunities to help entrepreneurial-minded students successfully build a business. Dr. Kim Mayer, Executive Director of UT Arlington’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation, spoke with leaders from several of these resources. Find out how to take advantage of the many resources available to help North Texas businesses grow.

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Lessons in Ventures

Serial entrepreneur and UT Arlington alum, Scott Parsinen, led a conversation with fellow UT Arlington alumni about their challenges and successes in starting and growing their businesses. Discover how appreciating the lessons learned every day helped them to gain the wisdom needed to become more successful in their business ventures.

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Featured Flagship Programs @ UTA



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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Bring your startup to life.

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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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Meet Our Entrepreneurs & Economic Innovators

Mavs 100 -

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" />

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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" />

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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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