Our outreach programs exist to encourage, promote, and enhance in our communities innovation, entrepreneurship, and new venture creation.


Institution Title Description
Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement (CEA) As the nexus of entrepreneurship at MD Anderson, the Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement (CEA) develops and delivers programs and services to advance entrepreneurship education and supports the commercialization aspirations of researcher, clinicians, and trainees by leveraging internal and external resources to navigate the translation of their technologies to the market
Enterprize Challenge The Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge is a program of the WT Enterprise Center, funded by the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, designed to help entrepreneurs expand an existing business or launch a new business. Participants gain a better understanding of how to develop and follow a realistic business plan, and qualifying entrants can request a share of $500,000 in capital funding grants.
Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)

UTD’s award winning Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) provides exceptional extra-curricular and outreach programs for students and the local entrepreneurial community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Comet Accelerator Program
  • Blackstone Launch Pad
  • The UTD Venture Development Center (incubator)
  • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Seed Fund
  • The Entrepreneurial Development Series of modules targeting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Commercialization Boot Camps and Workshops
  • Speaker Events
  • Multiple student clubs
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

The McFerrin Center enhances students’ education through learning opportunities about starting and growing a business. This center offers a number of unique features and benefits:

  • Emphasis on applied learning: The center encourages entrepreneurial-minded students through start-up acceleration opportunities, competitions, work experience, and financial support.
  • Active involvement of corporate supporters: The center is supported by corporate and individual members and sponsors who believe in the value of an entrepreneurial education and experience. These supporters assist the center through serving as judges, speakers, mentors and donors

Full list of programs can be found on their website

$1M Blackstone LaunchPad Grant Announcement at UT Dallas (2015)
UTD's Kamiar Kordi with Warren Buffett at the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship Dinner
Students present their final pitches to judges at 3 Day Startup at Texas A & M
The McFerrin Center hosts Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans