Austin Entrepreneurship Program (AEP)

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2004 to create a living-learning residential program for College of Business freshmen students. The living-learning program has been so successful, that Innovation Nation was launched in the fall of 2016, under the leadership of Sandra Neubaum, AEP’s former director. Now, all first-year College of Business students live in Weatherford Hall and have a dynamic learning environment, courses and activities optimized for student engagement and success. The entrepreneurial aspects of AEP continue through the popular Austin Venture Lab. AEP’s emphasis on applied, experiential learning continues to be a guiding principle for InnovationX.

AEP includes two key elements:

  • Austin Venture Lab – An immersive course where students use the DAM-Lab MakerSpace to develop products, design a marketing campaign and launch a real business. The course (BA 199) is two terms (winter and spring) and can be taken for 2 or 3 credits.
  • Giles Entrepreneur Fund – Need funding to start a business? Austin Venture Lab students can apply in winter term for funding that will advance their startup idea (prototyping, materials, services and more).