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The Austin Venture Lab is a two- or three-credit, two-term (winter and spring) experiential course designed to take your business idea and turn it into a sustainable student business.
In this course, students will:
Students will have the opportunity to develop their own product or service concepts. Product concepts pursued in this course are limited to products where it is feasible to build proof-of-concepts prototypes (no strictly research/theoretical projects are accepted). Service concepts should be those which can be easily and reasonably implemented within the scope of the time allotted and the capability of the team. In addition, each student team enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to work with a mentor who will provide business guidance.
For consideration, students must pitch their business idea before a panel of judges. Pitching help is available and you are always welcome to discuss your idea and your pitch with Austin Entrepreneurship Program Staff before making your final presentation – we want you to succeed.
You do not need a team – but it is highly encouraged to have one. If you don’t currently have teammates – we will help you find some during the term.
The Austin Venture Lab is a community of student entrepreneurs immersed in an innovative, high-energy environment that promotes the creation, evolution and implementation of business ideas.
Being a member of the Austin Venture Lab provides a year-long immersion in:
As a member of the Austin Venture Lab, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea for funding with the Giles Entrepreneurs Fund. Funded companies will be provided with a one-time grant for initial prototyping and business development.
Other benefits include:
For more information and to speak with AEP staff about the Austin Venture Lab, contact 541-713-8042 or email Dale.McCauley@oregonstate.edu