Meet the Inaugural Cohort Class

Introducing the Inaugural Cohort Class of the Startup Launch Track in the Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

The new Startup Launch Track in the Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program began in the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. This track offers a unique opportunity for a select group of entrepreneurs to launch their new business ventures within the framework of UT Dallas’ highly regarded Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) degree program. Those selected receive up to $25,000 in seed capital, office space in the UT Dallas Venture Development Center, and ongoing support from and mentoring by UT Dallas faculty and experienced entrepreneurs.

Many candidates submitted their applications and business proposals, and a thorough review was conducted to find the first students. The selection was narrowed to two business ideas that are unique and highly scalable. Behind those ideas, the students who were selected for the inaugural cohort class of the Startup Launch Track were Matthew Hinson and Matthew Krenik.


Matthew Hinson (left) and
Alejandro Jacobo, founders
of Rollout

Matthew Hinson joined the program with his business venture, Rollout. Rollout is a computer hardware and software solution-provider serving the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industry. The revolutionary, patent-pending display device uses cloud-based file-sharing solutions to eliminate the need for AEC firms to print plans on paper. Rollout is designed specifically for viewing full-size and half-size technical drawings and plans without the need for zooming and scrolling, allowing the industry to move closer to the goal of “paperless construction.” The device is both Wi-Fi and 4G connective, and features USB ports for access to project plans.


Matthew Krenik, founder of
Vertice, Inc.

Matthew Krenik is gearing up to launch his business venture, Vertice Inc. Matthew describes Vertice, Inc. as “a technological start up focused on commercializing ultrasound positioning technologies with robotics applications.”

The faculty and staff of the MSIE program are excited to work with both Hinson and Krenik as they bring their business ventures to life.

For more information about the Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, contact:
Dr. Joseph Picken, Director
972-883-4986
Email