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Alumnae Advisory Board Application NOW LIVE!

Alumnae Advisory Board Membership Application
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Calling all University of Texas at Austin alumni passionate about entrepreneurship, female empowerment, and giving back! 

The Alumnae Advisory Board (AAB) will strengthen the network of UT female founders, enhance the visibility of the KS WEL Institute, and empower the next generation of female leaders. 

University of Texas at Austin graduates (especially this year’s graduating seniors) of all identities are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Friday, June 4th at 11:59 p.m.

Alumnae Advisory Board Membership Application // Apply Today

HER Texas: #BuiltInTexas Show with Lesley Robinson & Samantha Bryant // May 10th

HER Texas #BuiltInTexas is a weekly show celebrating the innovation of Texas women.

Join KS WEL Institute Director, Lesley Robinson & Student Advisory Board President, Samantha Bryant, on Monday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook Live to learn more about how #BuiltInTexas is featuring the women building epic ideas, brands and everything in between in the state of Texas! 

Watch Previous #BuildInTexas Episodes

Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute End-of-Year Survey

We want the Kendra Scott WEL Institute to be shaped by you!
Tell us what worked, what didn’t, and what you’re hoping to see next time around. The KS WEL Institute is for you, and we want your voice to be heard. By completing this survey, you grant the KS WEL Institute permission to include your information in an annual report. Your name and email will not be shared.

We appreciate your time and contribution to #empoweringwomentolead and #encouragetheworldtofollow.

KS WEL Institute End of Year Survey


April/May Empower Hour
May 3rd // 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. // Virtual Event 

Join the AAB on "Hot Takes for a Cool Career."

Hear from Dr. Melissa Murphy, founder of The Pitch Academy & McCombs School of Business lecturer, on her entrepreneurial story and advice to her younger self on networking, putting yourself out there and using your voice confidently.

Empower Hour Registration


SHEspeaks: Persuasive Communication with Dr. Melissa Murphy // 
Tuesday, May 4th // 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

The SHEspeaks series aims to equip both students to join the modern workforce (helping them to better adapt to the evolving nature of work) and those wanting to start their own businesses. The series will do this by teaching the entrepreneurial mindset: a set of skills that enable people to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in a variety of settings.

SHEspeaks Registration

Female Founder Pitch Competition
October 20th // Deadline to apply May 31st, 2021

The Female Founder Pitch Competition showcases emerging businesses and technologies that are paving the way to have a significant impact on the world. Open to all UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumnae, and startup ecosystem women-founders, this startup competition aims to highlight innovation happening in the heart of Texas.

*This pitch competition is open to all female-identifying founders

Upcoming KSxPitch2021 Info Sessions 

Want to learn more, or get with one of our team members to ask questions?
Sign up for one of our info sessions!

5/12 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5/21 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

FAQs | Resources | Info Sessions

Deadline to Apply = May 31st at 11:59 p.m.

Pitch & Hook 'Em // Apply Today

Student Entrepreneur Acceleration & Launch (SEAL) // Apply Now

Student Entrepreneur Acceleration & Launch (SEAL) is a nine-week summer accelerator that helps emerging undergraduate, graduate, and faculty startups explore a core hypothesis with the goal of ultimately accelerating, pivoting, or rightfully shutting down their venture. 

SEAL offers workshop sessions led by veteran entrepreneurs, a community of handpicked industry-specific mentors, and a final decision day where teams share their learnings and unveil what's next for the venture.

To date, SEAL alumni companies have raised $100M and generated over $400M in valuation. Some notable SEAL startups include Favor, M87, and Flo Recruit. To learn more and apply…  


Applications Close: May 1st
Program Dates: June 10th - August 8th 

Apply for SEAL

WIELD Texas & Product Prodigy Institute Applications // Apply Now

Applications for the Fall Semester are Now Open!

The Office of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship is recruiting new members for our two flagship programs WIELD (Women’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development) - Texas and The Product Prodigy Institute.
This program three-year incubator program lays the foundation to provide the infrastructure to guide women from diverse backgrounds into leadership and executive roles in corporate America. WIELD Texas participants will benefit from a combination of professional skills development and personal support, along with an immersive and unmatched experience learning directly from leading executives and entrepreneurs.

Product Prodigy Institute 
The Product Prodigy Institute is a two-semester-long program spanning spring and fall semesters that takes students from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds through the process of learning the skills to launch their own venture.  The program focuses on social impact through a combination of product management training and human-centered design.

WIELD Texas Application
Product Prodigy Institute Application

Gap Year Founder's Program // Apply Now

A unique opportunity for graduating seniors and recent grads (up to three semesters out of college) to deeply explore an industry of their choice, receive expert support, and market-test their research-driven solution, all while getting paid! Over nine months, new/recent grads will receive a stipend to learn, explore, network, and identify a solution to pursue, with the possibility of launching a venture at the end of their gap year.

The program will run from September 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022, and is presented by The LaunchPad at UT Austin. Gap Year alum can expect to leave with in-depth experience with customer discovery, problem characterization, problem filtering, rapid prototyping, market-testing, and an otherwise impossible-to-assemble network of professionals in their industry of choice. 

Ready to apply? Learn more and complete your application: 

Applications Close: May 15th
Program Dates: September 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022 

Gap Year Founder's Program Application // Apply Today

RECAP Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Summit // Post-Event Materials

The 2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship summit will provide UT students and the greater Austin community insight on ways entrepreneurs from underserved communities can successfully launch entrepreneurial ventures utilizing the support of the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Post-Event Materials
Blog Recap of Summit
Summit Recording Playlist

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