Upcoming Events & Activities for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Preview upcoming events and learn about the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation's investments in our community.

Current & Upcoming

Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition | UTA Winners Selected
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The Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition was a virtual business idea competition powered by Startup Tree. Designed specifically for students with no prior experience with entrepreneurship, the Ideas Competition was created so that any student - no matter their major or career plans - could practice the important skills of distilling and presenting an idea. All undergraduate and graduate students with an idea, no matter how small, or a prototype, no matter how rough, were invited to apply.

"We were all impressed by the breadth and depth of ideas generated by students at UT Arlington and across the LaunchPad network," said Amy Stursberg, executive director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. "It's exciting to see so many students think creatively, present succinctly, and take the first step towards bringing their ideas out into the world."

Congratulations to UTA's four winners:

  • Social & Climate Impact track: Nicolas McClintic
  • Health & Life Sciences track: Joshit Mohanty
  • Consumer Products & Services track: Hardik Shukla
  • General track: Kashish Dhal

Each winner will be awarded $1,000. All four winners are now eligible to compete against the winners from 45 other schools in the Blackstone LaunchPad network for the chance to win an additional $10,000 plus in-kind prizes. 


EpicMavs | Continues in spring 2022
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UTA Mavericks and the DFW community engage with expert speakers throughout the academic year on topics designed to help you launch & grow your business. Each week features a guest speaker on an entrepreneurship-related topic and includes a discussion session where students, faculty, staff and members of the community further explore the topic and get to know each other. Visit our EpicMavs page to discover how you can join in on the fun!



Mavs100 | Nominations are open for the May 2022 event
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MAVS100 is designed to honor the 100 fastest growing Maverick-owned or Maverick-led businesses. Nominated companies are asked to provide high-level information about their company so that an independent firm can rank the nominees and identify the 100 fastest growing companies. Honorees are recognized each spring during an invitation only awards dinner. Visit the College of Business website to nominate a company.



Rice Business Plan Competition | April 7-9, 2022 | Deadline to compete is January 31, 2022
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The competition, entering its 22nd year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. Hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship—which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship—and Rice Business. Over 20 years it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 54 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.6 million in cash and prizes. For the first time in competition history, the 2021 event showcased 54 student-led startups.

Applications for the 2022 Rice Business Plan Competition opened November 1. Get the details here

Why Apply?

  • Set yourself apart from other student-led ventures
  • Get in-depth mentoring to prepare you for the event
  • Pitch to investors who are looking for their next early-stage deal
  • Have multiple opportunities to showcase your startup to a wide audience
  • Receive real-time, informative feedback and guidance from sector specialists


AISD's What's Your Big Idea? | Awards ceremony will be held April 30, 2022
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Each year, The University of Texas at Arlington partners with Arlington Independent School District and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce to host the city's What's Your Big Idea? Entrepreneurship Contest. Elementary, junior high, and high school students submit essay, art, and video entries to compete for the title of emerging entrepreneur. First-place winners receive a scholarship to an exclusive one-week entrepreneurship camp in partnership with UTA's EpICMavs program.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 students who demonstrate the best entrepreneurial spirit through their Big Idea will be recognized as finalists at the Entrepreneurship Contest Awards Ceremony at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Email Alicia Collins-Butler, director of education, workforce and community development at the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, to learn more about opportunities for sponsors, judges, and volunteers.



Global Entrepreneurship Week FW-TX | November 7-12, 2021
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UTA has joined forces with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) FW-TX, powered by Dell Technologies, to host expert discussions on topics relevant for emerging entrepreneurs. View the schedule of panel discussions hosted by UTA..

Visit https://gewfortworth.org/sessions for more information on how you can participate in GEW FW-TX activities. Information regarding additional, global activities is available at genglobal.org/gew.

Baylor New Venture Competition | Deadline to apply: November 1, 2021 
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The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise will host the eleventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition on March 24-26, 2022 at Baylor University's Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. This business plan and elevator pitch competition showcases collegiate student created, managed and led ventures from across the globe. The competition provides participants with personal and professional development through:

  • industry-specific mentorship towards sustainable business plans,
  • exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators, 
  • and a chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources.

Since its inception in 2012, more than 500 student entrepreneurs world-wide have applied to compete in the competition. Nearly $1 million in cash and prizes has been awarded to these collegiate entrepreneurs. For more information, visit baylor.edu/business.


Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition | Deadline to enter is October 25, 2021 
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Do you see a problem in your every day life that you want to try to solve? Have you plotted out the next big startup idea but find yourself stuck on what to do next? The LaunchPad Ideas Competition could give you the funding and support you need to see if you really might be onto something.

The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to allow students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes and gain access to the LaunchPad network! This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement. Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in entrepreneurship or who are under-resourced are encouraged to participate.

The competition is completely virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform. Visit UTA’s StartupTree site to learn about competition rules and eligibility guidelines.

Business Beyond the Battlefield: BBBVirtual | October 6-8, 2021
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Hosted by UTA's Veterans Business Outreach Center, BBBVirtual is a three-day, virtual business-to-business networking and educational event, trade show and conference for military connected business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who is interested in starting, growing or empowering military connected small businesses. Learn from subject matter experts, veteran small business owners and thought leaders. BBBVirtual 2020 successfully hosted 451 participants for four, consecutive daily virtual lunch and learns. The 2021 event will be hybrid, with in-person attendance at the UTA College of Business and virtual attendance hosted on the Hopin platform. Register at https:// bbbc.uta.edu

TechFW and RedBull Basement Offer Free Pitch Camp | October 5, 2021, 7-9pm
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Guest speakers Hayden Blackburn, executive director at TechFW, and Allison Silveus, founder of Unbent, will discuss how they turned their ideas into businesses and the pitching skills they had to master to be successful. During the second hour, students will have the opportunity to practice pitching their own ideas and receive live feedback. Attendees must be 18+ years old. Learn more at basement.redbull.com.



The LaunchPad Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp | Priority Deadline: September 30, 2021
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The Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp is a four-week, virtual bootcamp to help undergraduate students learn an entrepreneurial approach to work and life. This bootcamp is for students who want to start their own businesses and those who want to cultivate entrepreneurial skills needed for the modern workforce. This event is hosted by UT Austin but open to all undergraduate students at UT System schools in the Blackstone LaunchPad network. Seats are limited and competitive, so apply early!

The priority deadline is September 30, but applications will be accepted through October 12. Sign up here.

National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit | September 13-15, 2021
National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit

This year’s National Small Business Week will spotlight the resilience of America’s entrepreneurs and the renewal of the small business economy as they build back better from the economic crisis brought on by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. The virtual summit will honor the nation’s 30 million small businesses for their perseverance, ingenuity, triumphs, and creativity. For more information, visit sba.gov/small-business-week.

All of the recorded webinars from the National Small Business Week virtual summit are now available. Review key concepts you learned and watch any sessions you may have missed. All sessions are available to watch on YouTube.


Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property | August 18-20, 2021
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Are you a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, are critical to your business strategy. Take this opportunity to hear from business and government experts about turning ideas into innovations, protecting your work, and accessing valuable resources that can help you succeed in the marketplace. Keynote speakers Serene Almomen, CEO of Senseware, and recording artist Ansel Brown will share their insights on science, technological innovation, music, and business. Visit uspto.gov for more information.

Dallas Startup Week | August 1 - 5, 2021
Dallas Startup Week

Every year, Dallas Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs and change-makers for a week-long experience, described as the largest entrepreneurial event in North Texas, where they exchange ideas, collaborate, and grow alongside the 10th largest startup ecosystem in the US.

This year Dallas Startup Week will be hosted in person at SMU | Cox School of Business and Online through Brushfire. As an attendee you will have opportunity to customize your conference experience by reserving your spot in your favorite sessions and special events through Brushfire. During Dallas Startup Week you will be able to view sessions at your fingertips, connect with attendees and easily access schedule all in one with the Dallas Startup Week app. 


Women & Wealth | May 20, 2021
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Women & Wealth is an online experience for women investors and women entrepreneurs to connect with one another, educate themselves on investing and entrepreneurship, learn strategies for success and inspire like-minded women to achieve their goals. The keynote speaker for the 2021 event will be Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Visit the TechFW website to learn more about the event and register.



Maker Fest
Maker Fest at UTA


Maverick Maker Fest is an event where local makers come together to present their projects, hobbies, small businesses, and knowledge to a broader public. Exhibitions include 3D printing, robotics, drones, woodwork, craft & embroidery, and fashion & wearables.



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