Starting Your Own Business



“There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak, child prodigy and internationally published author

How Can IIE Help You?

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) supports the launching of small businesses with both academic and outreach educational programs.

  • Community Workshops: Covers a variety of topics relevant to the entrepreneur, will be open to anyone with an interest in innovation. Typical attendees are entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs as well as key employees and managers from startups to established companies
  • Startup Launch Program: Students work on business ideas of their own, in UT Dallas research spinoff organizations or with select outside sponsoring corporations. Students also gain hands-on experience with:
    • Creating value via integrated business models
    • Launching a business
    • Working on large-scale projects
    • Running a business
    • Acquiring outside funding
    • Discover niche audience and key customer needs
  • Entrepreneurial Development Series: A nine-session series addressing important topics in entrepreneurship offered in full-day sessions held once a month (To be scheduled).
  • Paid Consulting Services: One-on-one consultation with our experienced faculty members.
  • Interns: We can provide talented students with the innovative skills you need for your venture.

Why Does Innovation Matter?

  • Small innovative startups build our local economy and create new jobs.
  • Innovation enhances the way we live – Imagine if you couldn’t get your daily specialty coffee fix. How did we make do without it?
  • Innovation enhances the way we work – Think of life without the smartphone, and your limitation to conduct business when out of the office. Now you can handle complex problems from a beach chair.
  • Innovation enhances the way we shop – Remember when you mainly shopped by entering a brick-and-mortar business. Now you can make purchases without leaving the living room.

UT Dallas Success Stories

  • Proxomo
    • Co-founded by MeLinda McCall, UT Dallas alumna, former officer of the Entrepreneurship Club and runner-up in the 2009 Business Idea Competition.
    • Networking at the Business Idea Competition connected McCall to Proxomo’s co-founders.
    • Proxomo’s software allows app developers to scale and maintain their app’s backend features.
    • Proxomo sold to Lucent Mobile of Dallas in June 2013.
  • iLumi
    • Co-founded by Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora, UT Dallas alumni and winners of the 2010 Business Idea Competition.
    • iLumi markets an interactive LED indoor lighting system that bridges smartphone, personal living and environmental trends.
    • iLumi went on to compete in six other business idea competitions in 2011, taking Grand Prize in the Carnegie Mellon McGinnis Venture Competition and 2nd place, runner-up bracket in the Rice Business Plan Competition.
  • MicroTransponder
  • Mavro Inc.
    • Founded by UT Dallas alumnus and 2008 Business Idea Competition winner, George Mavromaras
    • Offers a medical Spanish guide app intended to aid healthcare providers in situations where a translator is not readily available