Entrepreneurial Tools & Programs
The Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP) is the front door to all entrepreneurial tools, programs, and resources on UT Southwestern’s campus. BLP provides students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers access to what they need to pursue entrepreneurial learning and opportunities. The Blackstone LaunchPad was established by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation in 2008 and is expanding its program from two to eight campuses in the University of Texas System.
UT Southwestern’s Blackstone LaunchPad offers entrepreneurial seminars and boot camps via partnerships with organizations such as LaunchBio, 3 Day Startup (3DS), and TechFW, among others. The goal is to educate UTSW students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers about company formation and to help develop and support entrepreneurial interests in the UTSW community.
Why Participate in Blackstone LaunchPad Opportunities?
- You have an idea and need help with next steps.
- You want to start a company and need insight and guidance.
- You’re curious and want to know more about being an entrepreneur.
- You want to apply entrepreneurial concepts in your current work and/or studies.
Venture Mentoring Service of North Texas
UT Southwestern is a member of VMS NTX. This team-based program, focused on advancing North Texas innovative technologies, is based on the methodology of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), which has been used at MIT since 2000 and successfully replicated at over 50 organizations worldwide.
Interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and the various tools, programs, and resources we offer but you're not sure where to start? firstname.lastname@example.org us to schedule a one-on-one visit with a member of our team.
LaunchBio is a national nonprofit organization that provides networking opportunities for innovative life science and biotechnology companies. The organization offers periodic webinars and events to help connect entrepreneurs with the leading life science hubs in the U.S.
TechFW ThinkLab Accelerator
ThinkLab@Pegasus Accelerator is a 12-week intensive entrepreneurship training program focused on accelerating the commercialization of Biotech+ technologies (Biotech+ includes therapeutics, medical devices/diagnostics, and digital health technologies) in the North Texas market. ThinkLab@Pegasus is a collaboration developed in partnership with LaunchBio and TechFW.
I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to increase the economic impact of research that the NSF has funded. Southwest I-Corps™ cultivates regional innovation education, infrastructure, and research. The Southwest regional organization works cooperatively with I-Corps™ organizations at other institutions, or Nodes, to foster understanding on how to utilize tools and resources that enhance innovation and leverage effective best practices on a national scale to improve the quality of life for the public. Contact Business Development by email@example.com or call 214-648-1888 for more information.
Blackstone LaunchPad Student Resources (For UTSW students only)
Blackstone LaunchPad recently added a private, password-protected area to the Blackstone LaunchPad website just for students. UT Southwestern students can use this part of the website to access exclusive resources, including:
- The Techstars Toolkit
- An invitation to Blackstone LaunchPad’s private LinkedIn group
- Registration links for upcoming Speaker Series
- Applications for upcoming programming
The UT Southwestern Director of Technology Commercialization and Director of UTSW Blackstone LaunchPad will provide you with your school’s unique Access Code, which will be updated every fall.
- Go to the Blackstone LaunchPad website
- Click on the orange STUDENT RESOURCES button on the top right corner.
- Select your school from the dropdown menu.
- Type your school’s Access Code. NOTE: Access Codes are case-sensitive.
UT Southwestern Dolphin Tank
Dolphin Tank: Real Investor Feedback, But You Won’t Get Eaten Alive!
UT Southwestern faculty may present one slide covering an idea that includes:
- Current status of technology
- What comes next.
Following the presentations and Q&A, we will have breakout rooms to facilitate further conversations. We anticipate there will be a variety of both stages (some may be very early) and topics presented covering Biotech+ areas such as therapeutics, devices/diagnostics, and digital health.
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program connects investment, startup, and commercialization experts with drivers of promising research to advance health care innovations from the lab to the marketplace. This program relies upon the diverse skill sets and experience needed to support successful commercialization efforts. EIRs guide innovators of research through feedback, provide needed connections, and help overcome the unique challenges encountered along the road to commercialization.
OTD matches innovators with EIRs based on applied expertise, unique needs, and areas of interest.
The Office for Technology Development (OTD) has unpaid internship opportunities available each academic semester. The program is designed to provide a project-based experience for participating interns. Interns will receive specialized training from experienced OTD staff in the areas that are relevant to assigned projects. No previous knowledge in these fields is required. A strong life sciences background is preferred. Positions are available throughout the academic year to UT Southwestern students and trainees seeking to explore opportunities outside the lab or clinical environment.
Technologies developed at UT Southwestern Medical Center can be commercialized through either licensing or the development of a company as a startup. The Office for Technology Development is responsible for researching technologies suitable for entrepreneurial development and assists in developing startup companies based on those technologies. Access a listing of UT Southwestern’s available patented technologies. Connect with our Business Development Team by firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 214-648-1888 for more information.