SEAL (Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch)

Student Entrepreneurs. Experienced Mentors. Collaborative Workspace.

ATI’s Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch program picks the most promising startups emerging from the wide range of entrepreneurial programs at the University of Texas at Austin – along with other universities and community entrepreneurs – to help them confront the next Go / No-Go decision. Austin Technology Incubator’s SEAL program facilitates an environment for student entrepreneurs to discover whether or not it’s time to go all in.

SEAL is The University of Texas at Austin’s selective nine-week summer program designed to help student teams tackle the most difficult, deal-killing questions of their new ventures. 

The SEAL program started in 2009 with the aim of empowering student entrepreneurs to vet their ideas, test the waters, learn the tips and tricks of entrepreneurship, and try their hands at obtaining funding. To date, Austin Technology Incubator continues to bring together teams from not only University of Texas at Austin, but also Argonne National Laboratories, Duke University, Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at San Antonio. Notable alum include Favor (acquired by HEB), M87 (acquired by XCOM), Lynx Labs (acquired by Occipital), Accordian Health (acquired by Evolent Health), Disco Learning Media (acquired by ProBility Media) Ordoro, Rabbet, Apptronik, and EQO.

This year SEAL celebrates its 11th anniversary and continues to be one of the few programs to primarily serve very early stage, student-led startups based on technology-based solutions. Historically, about a third of the teams go on to raise funding to scale up their companies while about a third shut down at the conclusion or shortly afterwards. The No-Go decisions are equally celebrated as it takes special effort to recognize market-driven obstacles to an opportunity and realize that it is right not to pursue it.

The 2018 ATI SEAL program had the biggest cohort to date – 21 startups who pitched their ventures and Go/No-Go decisions to Austin’s entrepreneurial community. To date, SEAL startups have raised almost $100M and generated over $400M in valuation.

The SEAL program provides:

  • Mentorship: Industry and/or field experts provide valuable guidance on industry-specific deal killers
  • Lunch and Learns: Tutorial sessions on key knowledge areas needed to build a scalable, growing business such as market sizing, financial forecasting, intellectual operations planning, intellectual property strategies
  • Fundraising Pitch Development: Teams pitch their projects on the very first day, develop and improve the plan through the program, and present the business pitch on decision day
  • D-day: The program culminates with a decision day, where based on your research and expert advice, you decide whether your idea can survive the real world or not
  • Connections: Meet other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and the ecosystem community
  • Co-working space is provided on the campus of The University of Texas as Austin by the Blackstone Launchpad

Questions? Contact us at atiseal@utlists.utexas.edu.

Hosts

Blackstone LaunchPadAustin Technology IncubatorCapital Factory

Partners

ATP fund Bunker Labs Cleantech Open DivInc Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship True Wealth Ventures

ATI SEAL Class of 2019

Amigo

Amigo Analytics

Provides predictive analytics to help B2B sales organizations sell more with less effort.

 

ElecTrip

Electric vehicle transportation city to city.

HiPR

HiPR

Smart cushion, designed to fit any wheelchair, that dynamically alleviates areas of high pressure to reduce the risk of developing pressure ulcers.

LoCoal

Diverting organic waste from landfills to generate renewable clean energy while capturing carbon in value added products known as biochar.

Picko

Picko

Food delivery for college campuses.

Plexus

Provides a communication and location services platform that is reliable in limited cell environments.

Pocket Innovations

Pocket Innovations

Medical device company aiming to eliminate the occurrence of pocket hematoma post pacemaker implantation.

Swayy

Swayy is a clothing aggregator that creates curated shopping experiences.

Wheelist

Wheelist

Automotive listing optimization company.

ATI SEAL alumni

ATI SEAL Class of 2017

Blueberri
ClearCam
DentaSense
EQO
Hauoli
iDOMS
ILS
LT2
Molecular Artificial Retina
NoTow
ProteanSeq
Ryze
Sandbox Semiconductors
ShowerStream
Thermascape
Xelpha Health
Yotta Solar

 

ATI SEAL 2017 logos

ATI SEAL Class of 2016

AeroClay
Apptronik
Arborizer
CleanReach
Digit Medical
Kwest
r5 Automation
Recollect Energy
Rwedi-Water
Scepter Medical
StrataMetis
Texas Guadaloop
WASDPlay
Wavve
Wilder Systems

 

ATI SEAL 2016 logos

Class of 2015

AdBm Technologies
Austin Robotics
Disco Learning Media
Flipped Health
Guardian Sensor
Lucelo
Penumbra Development
ProteanSeq
YouRefund

Class of 2014

Accordion Health
BaseDrive
BlueField
edMosphere
Enterprise Mimetics
Everywhere Energy
Renovate Simply (fka Homenity)
Draft (fka HRVST)
Insight
Plasmatronycs
Scalar Security
SpinDrift
nCarbon

Class of 2013

Beyonic Technologies
Clay.io
EyeQ
Favor
Guava (FKA GuavaText)
MyMenu (Fka Intelligent Menu)
LifeM
Onsite Control

Class of 2012

Ideation Systems
Lynx Labs
Predictable Data
QuorumBuy
Reqwip
Rox
ZingPoints

Class of 2011

AgiLux / VecturaLux
Azotergon
The Body Browser
Pheir Health / Agile Law
Virtegrity

Class of 2010

AstraSight
Fatometer
M87 (FKA Wibole Inc.)
Ordoro
RBK Instruments
SpectraPhase

Class of 2009

Solavicta
Sparq Mobile / Mutual Mobile

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