Students come from around the world to experience the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem, and perhaps to eat some genuine Texas brisket.
Rob Adams, director of Moot Corp at McCombs School of Business, recently announced plans to turn Global Moot Corp into a week-long “SXSW of New Venture Creation,” featuring speakers, events and showcases from across the entrepreneurship programs that dot the UT Austin campus.
To be sure, the effort is beginning modestly, with a few Venture Week activities built around the granddaddy of world business plan competitions, Global Moot Corp, which takes place May 6-8, 2010. Plans are to expand Venture Week with a more robust schedule of activities beginning next year.
Teams will compete in Global Moot Corp from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Norway and Thailand. Students come from around the world to experience the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem, and perhaps to eat some genuine Texas brisket.
Details on Venture Week events:
Thursday, May 6 – 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Venture Showcase is an exhibition of all the Global Moot Corp competitors. They have the opportunity to showcase their business to members of the business and educational communities. This event will be held in Salon C at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on the UT campus.
Venture Happy Hour, co-sponsored by Venture Fellows
Friday, May 7 – 7–9 p.m.
Following the first two rounds of Moot Corp, competitors, judges and local investors will gather at Scholz’s Garten for an informal networking event. This event is co-sponsored by Venture Fellows, a student organization that links MBA students with first-hand experience in the local venture capital community.
Global Moot Corp Finals (mootcorp.org)
Saturday, May 8 – 2:30–7 p.m.
In the amphitheater at the AT&T Center, the four best teams will compete for the chance to win $135,000 in cash and start-up resources. Following the presentations, attendees will experience a rapid-fire introduction to key entrepreneurial organizations in Austin, followed by the Moot Corp awards ceremony. The amphitheatre is room 204 on level two of the AT&T Center.
Global Moot Corp Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 8 – 7–9 p.m.
Venture Week will conclude with the Awards Ceremony for the competition. Before the awards presentation, there will be an opportunity to meet Moot Corp judges and mentors.
Space is limited, so organizers asked that attendees to RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/ventureweek. The Global Moot Corp finals are free, but admission to all other events is $20. University of Texas at Austin students can attend the Venture Showcase for free by RSVP’ing in advance and bringing their student ID for admission