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Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) – Program that gives first-year students the opportunity to initiate and engage in real-world research experience with faculty and graduate students. FRI students engage in research in disciplines across the sciences including computer sciences, biotech, healthcare, astronomy and mathematics.

Topics: Scientific Research, Freshmen, Computer Science, Biotech, Healthcare, Astronomy, Mathematics

Longhorn Startup Seminar and Lab – The Seminar is a lecture-based course in the Fall semester that features prominent entrepreneurs telling the stories of how they founded their companies and answering questions from the students. Students get to pitch their idea, participate in speed-dating event to meet potential co-founders, and get advice from mentors. The Lab is an intensive project-based course in the Spring semester that identifies student startup teams and gives them course credit for working on their startups over the semester. These students receive weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with successful entrepreneurs and free coworking memberships at Capital Factory.

Topics: Longhorn Startup, Seminar, Lab, Capital Factory, Mentorship

Inventors Program – Program that encourages undergraduate STEM students to turn scientific discovery into societal impact through entrepreneurship. Offers a practicum class around commercializing research / launching a successful business (i.e. customer discovery, prototyping, business models, etc.) and one-day Inventor Sprints.

Topics: Inventors, STEM, Natural Sciences, Technology Commercialization, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research, Science Sprints

University of Texas Nutrition Institute (UTNI) – Program for nutrition innovation (i.e improving healthcare, inspiring the creation of health-promoting products and services, and providing nutrition education to the masses) and includes an independent study course focused on multimedia content production (NTR 352), a food and beverage incubator course within the entrepreneurship minor, and career development opportunities. Housed within the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences, working in partnership with the McCombs School of Business and in synergy with research collaborations in the Dell Medical School.

Topics: Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences, Food and Beverage, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Health and Wellness