A NETWORK OF STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
IF YOU WANT TO MEET OTHER UT STUDENTS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP, LOOK NO FURTHER: OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS ON CAMPUS, IN AUSTIN, AND ACROSS THE STATE
DIRECT EXPOSURE TO THE AUSTIN STARTUP SCENE
OUR AGENCY IS AN EXTENSION OF THE AUSTIN STARTUP AND TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE CITY'S BEST FOUNDERS, INVESTORS, AND OTHER HIGH-IMPACT INDIVIDUALS.
CONNECTIONS TO UT AUSTIN'S STARTUP COMMUNITY
AS THE HUB FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON THE 40 ACRES, LEA PARTNERS WITH AN INTERDISCIPLINARY NETWORK OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PREMIER ENTREPRENEURSHIP ORGANIZATIONS, PROFESSORS, AND MENTORS.
OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT
OUR EVENTS REACH THOUSANDS OF UT STUDENTS AND STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE, FROM FRESHMEN JUST BECOMING INTERESTED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO SERIAL ENTREPRENEURS LOOKING FOR ACTIONABLE SUPPORT.
The Community Development team maintains and grows our relationships with other on-campus organizations, as well as with individuals and companies in the Austin startup community.
MARKETING & PROMOTION
Marketing & Promo ensures that everyone knows about all of our programs and events. Their biggest responsibility is to plan, promote, and execute UT Entrepreneurship Week. They work closely with the Community Development team.
MEDIA & CREATIVE
Media & Creative supports and promotes LEA programs/events through graphic design, video production, and articles. They engage students with entrepreneurship through creative means.
This team is responsible for the official website as well as internal data analytics. In addition, they build and support the UTEWeek Mobile App.They help LEA grow both internally and externally by harnessing the wealth of information we have about the startup community.
SOCIAL TEAM/MEMBER ENGAGEMENT
These agents plan social events to foster team dynamics and organize opportunities for LEA to engage with local Austin leaders.
STARTUP JOB FAIR
Every year, the Startup Job Fair offers hundreds of UT Austin students an opportunity to network with fast-growing companies in the Austin startup scene. LEA agents reach out to startups who are interested in hiring interns or new grads and recruit them to attend the job fair. They work with the Marketing/Media & Creative teams to ensure the event is well marketed to students.
Our immersive Freshman Founders program is designed to expose first-year students to entrepreneurship as soon as they get to campus. The program has two components: Event Series and the Launchpad accelerator. LEA agents on this team are responsible for reaching out to freshmen at orientation and the start of the semester, organizing events for the students to interact with the local Austin startup community, and sourcing mentors from Austin startups. Agents organize the annual Demo Day for the Launchpad teams to pitch their ventures to a panel of top-tier judges.
THE CO-LAB & Student Entrepreneurship Center
LEA recently secured a co-working space for student startups at the UA9 building (2609 University Ave). Agents oversee community management (bringing other startup-related orgs into the space, educating them about the Co-Lab, and maintaining a schedule for event programming – similar to how Capital Factory allows outside groups to host meetups in their space).
UT ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK
Over the course of 1 week and 50+ events, we expose hundreds of UT students to aspects of entrepreneurship, technology, and creativity. It's a mini SXSW for UT Austin. Visit our official website to learn more or Click here for a recap on the 6th Annual UTEWeek.
STARTUP NEWSLETTER (Groundup Weekly)
This small team of agents oversees the weekly startup newsletter. The newsletter includes a column that discusses what's happening in the UT startup scene, a list of hand-curated events, and links out to any interesting articles/podcasts created by students in the community.