We champion entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development throughout Texas.

About Us

TUNIE is an association of universities and colleges formed in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and to share best practices across schools located in Texas. More than 15 Texas universities and colleges are active in TUNIE


To encourage and support collaboration, networking and promotional activities of Texas colleges and universities involved in entrepreneurship.


To encourage, promote and enhance the contributions of Texas college and university entrepreneurship programs to innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture creation in Texas by, among other means;

  1. Supporting the technology commercialization programs and initiatives carried on by members of TUNIE;
  2. Promoting collaboration among Texas entrepreneurship programs, including in particular among members of TUNIE, by sharing information, resources, programs and best practices; and
  3. Increasing public, academic institution and government awareness of the scope of university-supported innovation, entrepreneurial activity and contributions to economic development.


On May 22-23, 2008 a meeting was held at the University of Texas at Dallas to discuss the formation of a Texas association of entrepreneurship centers, institutes and programs. The meeting was organized and co-sponsored by The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas and the Rice Alliance. Representatives of 28 institutions of higher education were invited to attend the 1-1/2 day conference, in addition to representatives of the Office of the Governor, the UT System, and the North Texas RCIC.

Mark Ellison of the Office of the Governor and head of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund spoke following a reception and dinner. He commended the group for its initiative and encouraged the formation of the proposed organization. Friday morning was devoted to presentations by participants about their individual programs and activities.

On Friday afternoon, an organizational meeting was held which determined that it was appropriate to form such an association and to define the goals and objectives, structure, governance, and proposed activities.

Tunie group

Board of Directors

Director Institution
Rick Baldwin Praire View A&M
Mark Blakemore UT Rio Grande Valley
Brad Burke Rice University
Brad Hancock TCU
Ken Jones University of Houston
Paul Latiolais Lamar University
Dick Lester (Treasurer) Texas A&M
Madison Pedigo (Chairman) UT Dallas
Kerri Smith Rice University
Robert Wright (Secretary) UT Dallas

Organizing Members

The following seventeen institutions were represented at the organizational meeting:

  • The Acton Foundation (Hardin-Simmons)
  • Baylor University
  • Lamar University – Beaumont
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas State University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • West Texas A&M University