Upcoming Events & Activities for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Current & Upcoming
EpicMavs | Continues in fall 2021
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
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.
Business Beyond the Battlefield: BBBVirtual | October 6-8, 2021
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.
Baylor New Venture Competition | Deadline to apply: November 1, 2021
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.
National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit | September 13-15, 2021
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.
Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property | August 18-20, 2021
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
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
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.
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.
AISD's What's Your Big Idea?
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.