Five Longhorn Startups Launch Futuristic Solutions for the Challenges of Today – UT News – UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

Posted: April 19, 2021 at 7:23 am

The University of Texas at Austin set a record this semester with five student teams accepted into the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Spring Fellowship program. This is the highest number of Longhorn teams accepted in one semester since the global program began. Startups by founders Abhishek Dasgupta, Apoorva Chintala, Becky Xu, Paige Cabianca and Rajya Atluri were among a competitive group of 50 student ventures chosen out of a pool of applications from 30 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Ireland.

The LaunchPad Fellowship program began in June 2020 to support student entrepreneurs during the global pandemic. With over 30 schools in the network, UT Austin is proud to have sent at least two teams each semester since the fellowship began. Throughout the eight-week virtual program, the five UT founders will benefit from coaching, workshops, mentorship conversations and $5,000 in nondilutive grant funding from Future Founders to support their time working on advancing their companies.

This springs cohort focuses on technology ventures. This focus includes both developing new technology to solve existing problems and applying current technology to solve problems in a new way. While some student teams have solutions leveraging emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cloud and blockchain, others are utilizing existing technologies to solve problems related to remote communication, sustainability and security.

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