Austin Entrepreneur Network First Look Forum
OTC hosts second “AEN First Look Forum”
UT’s Office of Technology Commercialization hosted the Austin Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum on May 19, 2010 in an effort to facilitate the matchmaking process between entrepreneur and inventor. The forum provided UT faculty a unique opportunity to meet with experienced mentors and entrepreneurs.
At the event, UT-based technology startups and faculty members from the College of Pharmacy and Cockrell School of Engineering presented biotechnologies in 60-second pitches. Austin Entrepreneur Network mentors then gave a fast pitch on their areas of expertise. The pitches were immediately followed by a face-to-face with each mentor in a five-minute speed date, where they could quickly connect the dots and identify potential areas of opportunity.
Through this process, UT faculty gained valuable feedback and advice from the Entrepreneur Network mentors regarding their technologies. Both sides of the table have committed to continue discussions, and if the dots connect, we hope mutually beneficial outcomes will result.