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Startech Offers Its New Venture Forum Lite Series to UTSA Students and Alumni


The Startech Foundation today announced New Venture Forum Lite, a new series that gives University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) students and alumni the information they need to determine if the path to entrepreneurship is a fit for them and the steps that are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. New Venture Forum Lite is an introductory, three session prequel to the full 10 session format of the New Venture Forum, a popular series which provides startup technology companies with the basic knowledge and skills needed to improve their chances of receiving equity funding.

Beginning on Tuesday, November 13th, Startech's New Venture Forum Lite will allow UTSA Students and alumni to go through the process of determining whether they should become entrepreneurs. “New Venture Forum Lite is an essential resource and practical assessment tool for aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Jim Poage, President and CEO of Startech.

New Venture Forum Lite will be held at the Roadrunner Incubator at the UTSA Main Campus in Room BB 3.02.26 on November 13th, 27th, and December 4th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The forum is designed as an interactive workshop with dialogue between experts and potential entrepreneurs.

The three Topics of New Venture Forum Lite are: “So you want to be an entrepreneur,” “Where does the money come from to get started?” and “Do I really need a business plan?” The ultimate goal of New Venture Forum Lite is for attendees to clearly understand if entrepreneurship is right for them and what to do when they decide to move forward toward entrepreneurship.

The series is free for UTSA students and alumni. New Venture Forum Lite is sponsored by the Startech Foundation and is in collaboration with UTSA's Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). Students who complete all three sessions will have the opportunity to participate in a directed research credit program in the Spring semester that involves attending the full 10 session format of the New Venture Forum. “UTSA students that are exploring the possibility of becoming entrepreneurs should take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to gain the real-world perspective of entrepreneurship experts outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Anita Leffel, Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Startech at 210-458-2713 or or Dr. Anita Leffel at 210-458-2505 or

About Startech

Startech Foundation is a private non-profit 501 (c)(3) Texas corporation that exists to Inspire technology innovation and commercialization, Create technology companies, and Grow them into viable businesses in the South Texas regional economy. Startech offers Venture Innovation, Investment and Collaborative services for Entrepreneurs, Investors, Researchers, Service Providers and Partners interested in innovation and commercialization. Startech works closely with several funding sources including the South Texas Angel Network, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Venture Capital, SBIR and STTR grants, Microsoft BizSpark, and many others. From 2003 - 2011, Startech portfolio clients have raised more than $261 million in external financing. For more information, visit

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