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UT Entrepreneurship Week to Feature Michael Dell and Rod Canion

headerlogoThe University of Texas at Austin is a hotbed of startup activity.
Last year, the University claimed the number seven spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation.
And the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency, part of student government at UT, plans to showcase some of the state’s most accomplished PC entrepreneurs during its third annual UT Entrepreneurship Week which runs Feb. 28th through March 6th.
Michael Dell, founder of Dell, will speak on March 6th about how he started his company in a dorm room at the university in 1984 and how he took the company private late last year to create what he has dubbed as “the world’s largest startup.”
And the celebration of the PC industry also features a talk with Rod Canion, one of the cofounders of Campaq Computers, founded in 1982 in Houston. Canion’s talk is on March 5th. Canion and his co-founders previously worked at Texas Instruments when they set out to create Compaq. In 2002, HP acquired Compaq for $25 billion.
Brett Hurt, Entrepreneur in Residence at UT and founder of Bazaarvoice, will conduct the interviews. The event is being sponsored by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship.

UT Entrepreneurship Week features startups and tech veterans

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.

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