UTD’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
To Partner With STARTech for Workshop Series

Series on Entrepreneurial Development Begins in September

RICHARDSON, Texas (July 10, 2006) — The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will partner with startup incubator STARTech Early Ventures to offer an eight week series of entrepreneurial development workshops beginning this September.

The first Entrepreneurial Development Series will begin September 8 with a kickoff reception and dinner featuring Berry Cash, general partner of the venture capital firm Interwest Partners, as the keynote speaker.  The first of the daylong weekly workshops will be the next day.  The series will take place at the UTD School of Management.

Dr. Joseph Picken, institute executive director, said the workshops will be geared for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, key employees in entrepreneurial firms and managers in established firms that are seeking new growth opportunities through innovation and entrepreneurship.

All programs will be presented by venture capitalists, CEOs, legal experts, experienced entrepreneurs and startup executives, as well as UTD faculty members who specialize in entrepreneurship in a variety of fields, he said.

“This program represents a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their skills while networking with investors, service providers and other entrepreneurs,” Picken said.  “Each session will incorporate a mix of theory, practice and real-world experience, including panel discussions designed to address topics from multiple perspectives.”

Cost of the eight-week series is $995 and includes meals, a graduation reception and all course materials.  Participants who complete the entire series will receive a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Executive Education at the UTD School of Management.  Single session registrations are available at a cost of $175.  Online registration is available at http://innovation.utdallas.edu.

The Entrepreneurial Development Series is scheduled to be presented again in February and March 2007, Picken said.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.

About STARTech Early Venture

Founded in 1997, STARTech Early Ventures supports entrepreneurs and new companies throughout Texas and Oklahoma via its headquarters offices in Richardson and Austin, Texas. STARTech Early Ventures' mission is to create and grow viable companies in several technology sectors such as telecommunications, enterprise software, sensor networks, bio-tech, nanotechnology and semiconductors. STARTech Early Ventures supports the creation of companies through a network of venture capitalists, corporate partners and mentors which offer funding, counsel, workspace and other strategic support. For more information on STARTech, visit http://www.startechev.com/.