In 1984, Michael Dell started his computer company in a dorm room at the University of Texas and now he is one of the world’s richest men and runs Austin’s largest company.
Since then, hundreds of entrepreneurs have launched ventures while at the university or upon graduating.
To put the spotlight on entrepreneurship, a group of student leaders at the University of Texas have planned the first entrepreneurship week, from March 5 to 9, to foster further collaboration and networking among student entrepreneurs and community innovators.
Fifteen university organizations and institutions organized the event.
“We want to encourage students to network, share their ideas and help each other succeed,” Nick Spiller, co-founder and President of uThinkTank, a student startup that connects other student entrepreneurs to critical resources, said in a news statement.
Events include a stop on the SXSW Startup Crawl, a talk from Pike Powers, a big promoter of Austin’s technology industry, Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of the Ethernet, founder of 3Com and professor of innovation at the UT, a talk from Kevin Koym, founder of Tech Ranch Austin.
For a schedule of events and to RSVP, visit UT Entrepreneurship Week. You can also follow announcements on Twitter at @TheUThinkTank and @nick_spiller.