Our close relationship with the University of Texas allows ATI to supply access to talent that startups couldn’t otherwise afford. We are highly selective in recruiting our Associates to ensure they provide real value to our member companies.

SEAL Decision Day 2015 - Photo Credit: Earl Lundquist

SEAL Decision Day 2015. Photo Credit – Earl Lundquist

ATI Student Resources and Programs

The Austin Technology leads and partners with other university organizations to bring meaningful resources and programs to student entrepreneurs. Here are a few:

Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL)
The SEAL Program offers UT students and recent graduates an opportunity to address the biggest deal-killing questions for their ventures. If one or more Founders is a current or recent graduate of UT-Austin, join the cross-campus ATI student accelerator. SEAL will begin again in June 2016 with a capstone Decision Day event at the end of summer.
SEAL Program →
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ATI Associate Program
ATI associates get real-world, hands-on experience working with startup companies. We want smart, motivated, disciplined students regardless of their degree program or status.
Associate Application →
Austin Technology Incubator Startup Library
The ATI Startup Library connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful. The Library encapsulates the Austin startup scene, providing a place for entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting their own company to find out more about the groups, classes, organizations and more that support startups. Have a resource to add? Let us know!
Austin Startup Library →
3 Day Startup (3DS)
Founded by UT students in 2008, 3DS brings together students from diverse backgrounds and degree plans to form an idea, create a business plan, model a prototype, and finally pitch the business to mentors and investors–all over one weekend. Since ATI formed the initial set of mentors and linked 3DS with sponsors and representatives from UT, 3DS has expanded its program to 60 schools across five continents and launched nearly 80 companies.
3 Day Startup →
UGS 302 Entrepreneurship Course
In Spring 2015, UT ATI to lead an undergraduate studies course focused on entrepreneurship and the lessons of failure in business. In this class of 20 students, participants discuss overcoming failure with ATI Director, Isaac Barchas, UT Energy Institute Deputy Director, Dr. Michael Webber, and head of ATI’s Development Portfolio, Dr. Lydia McClure.
UGS Course Listings →
ATI Development Portfolio
The Development Portfolio at ATI supports businesses either founded by UT students and faculty or based on intellectual property owned by the University. If you have a business or an idea that you would like to bring to ATI, we invite you to apply!
ATI Company Application →
ATI Development Portfolio Home →

Former Student Associate Highlights

The Student Associate program at ATI gives students the chance to engage on the ground level with startups to learn how to build a business, secure funding, and succeed at market. ATI attracts students from diverse backgrounds and degree plans. Here are just a few of our recent student associates:

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Alexa Chally

Clean Energy
  • Graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Geography and the Environment with a minor in Environmental History
  • Served as Senior Research Associate for Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Worked as Project Coordinator for CleanTX while an associate with ATI
  • JD candidate focusing on food law and policies to improve access to sustainable, healthy food at Michigan State University College of Law
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Megan Beck Fenley

  • Earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts, B.S. in Computer Science, and M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Graduated as a Sord Scholar in the top 5% of her M.B.A. class
  • Headed ATI’s 2010 SEAL program
  • Worked as an engineer and project manager for National Instruments, and consultant and case team leader for Bain & Co.
  • Currently leads recruitment for Wilson Perumal & Co.
  • LinkedIn
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Erin Keyes

Clean Energy
  • Earned her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Graduated from the GE Commercial Leadership Program
  • Is an expert on grid modernization, specifically local voltage regulation for grids using solar power
  • Currently serves as sales executive for OPower, a software provider that improves customer engagement with utilities
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Gen Li

  • Earned his J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and BA in International Affairs and Economics from The George Washington University
  • Served as Associate General Counsel to Famigo, a former ATI company
  • Currently works as Corporate Counsel to Thermon Manufacturing Company
  • Is not only a licensed attorney, but also pursues ballroom dancing and Taekwondo
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Dennis McWilliams

  • Earned his M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford, and his B.S. with honors in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Founded Apollo Endosurgery in 2005, and assumed role of President and Chief Commercial Officer in 2014
  • Previously founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of Chrysalis Biotechnology
  • Serves on the board of directors for Texas Exes, and received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex award in 2007
  • LinkedIn
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Raahul Ramakrishnan

  • Earned his B.B.A. in Finance and Business Honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Worked as an business analyst at Sense Corp, a consulting firm focusing on business intelligence and data warehousing
  • Will complete his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in May 2016
  • Will join Boston Consulting Group as a consultant in the Fall of 2016
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Emily Rocheggiani

  • Earned her Master’s in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BBA from The George Washington University
  • Worked in business development at MicroVentures, an Austin, TX based equity crowdfunding platform
  • Served as Venture Scholar with G-51 Capital Management
  • Currently works as VP of Sales & Business Development at Ayden and serves as Director and board member at Austin FinTech
  • Serves as a member of Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum
  • LinkedIn
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Mike Sandoval

  • Earned his MS in Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Bachelor’s in Biology/Toxicology from Oregon State University
  • Mentored under Dr. Cindy WalkerPeach while at ATI
  • Authored and Co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals
  • Co-founded Drug Delivery Austin (DDA), Austin’s first entrepreneurial and science-focused association dedicated to foster a vibrant drug delivery community residing in Austin, Texas
  • Currently serves as a Staff Scientist with Xeris Pharmaceuticals, a former ATI company
  • LinkedIn
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Alex Voice

Clean Energy
  • Earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan
  • Supports experimental research in engine and fuel technology, as well as strategic analysis of the transportation sector, as a Research Scientist with Saudi ARAMCO
  • Works as a Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Texas
  • Completed coursework at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
  • Completed internships with 3M Company, ExxonMobil, and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
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Dr. Michael Webber

Clean Energy
  • Earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and his B.A. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Liberal Arts with Honors from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Serves as Deputy Director of UT Austin’s Energy Institute and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Co-leads ATI’s Clean Energy Incubator with Mitch Jacobson and Kathleen Baireuther
  • Holds four patents, authored more than 200 publications, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American
  • Led UT’s marching band as drum major as an undergrad
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