Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL)

Student Entrepreneurs. Experienced Mentors. Collaborative Workspace. Austin Technology Incubator's SEAL program facilitates an environment for student entrepreneurs to discover whether or not it's time to go all in.

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What is SEAL?


ATI’s Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL) program 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 Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL) program started in 2009 with the aim of empowering student entrepreneurs to vet their ideas, test the waters, learn the tips 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. Some exemplary former SEALs include Favor, Ordoro and Beyonic Technologies.

The SEAL program provides:

  • Mentorship: Industry and/or field experts provide valuable guidance
  • 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, and the entrepreneurship community


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NSF I-Corps Southwest research Institute TMAC Austin Energy



ATP Fund Blackstone LaunchPad Bunker Labs
Cleantech Open Div Inc True Wealth Ventures


Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

Mentorship is a fundamental part of our mission. We’re looking for seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, and community organizers to help foster the potential of these young ventures. If you or someone in your network is interested in getting involved,

Longhorn Entrepreneur?

The ATI SEAL program is designed to aid entrepreneurs in shaping young ventures and better understanding their target customers. Our network of advisors work with SEAL companies to transform promising ideas into salient businesses. If you want to learn more,

ATI SEAL 2017 Class



Creating the hotel experience of tomorrow



Intraoperative disposable laparoscope lens cleaner



A UV Fluorescent dental cavity detector probe



Molecular solutions for environmental problems



Motion tracking for VR/AR, gaming, and smart appliances



Specializing in digital oil field management



Providing a new way to image cellular structures



Creating a friction-less world

Molecular Artificial Retina

A treatment to restore sight in dry macular degeneration patient



User-friendly parking marketplace



Changing proteomics one peptide at a time



The personal relationship manager

Sandbox Semiconductors

Sandbox Semiconductors

Accelerating manufacturing process development



Smarter showers for hotels



Next generation heat transfer enhancement additives

Xelpha Health

Xelpha Health

A simplified EMR built for providers by providers

Yotta Solar

Yotta Solar

SolarLEAF-Reliable energy storage that simply scales to your needs

ATI SEAL 2016 Class


AeroClay is a patented platform technology developed by Case Western Reserve University and licensed to AeroClay LLC, an Austin based start-up, devoted to commercialize AeroClay products. They are lightweight, flame-resistant and biodegradable foam-like materials made of polymer and clay via a freeze-drying process.


Apptronik is empowering the next generation of robotics. We specialize in high performance robotic actuators, embedded electronics, and real-time control software.


We have produced the Arborizer, a novel catheter to improve delivery of chemotherapeutics to malignant brain tumors in order to increase efficacy of convection enhanced delivery.


CleanReach aims to simplify the water monitoring process by identifying specific sources of water contamination. Our team of experts utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide clients with more information per sample.

Digit Medical

Digit Medical is working with leading orthopedic surgeons to develop pre-diagnostic software for outpatient surgery clinics. The software streamlines clinical workflow and enhances patient engagement, improving the entire treatment experience.

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Our platform launches users out onto interactive, real-world adventures – offering up a unique and gamified way to explore their city.

r5 Automation

r5 Automation provides a collaborative design platform for integration of planning, meta and RT drilling data in a single, user-friendly environment. This platform enables automatic initialization and iterative self-calibration of drilling models that optimize various drilling operations, to reduce time and increase consistency in drilling.

Recollect Energy

Heavy trucks and industrial plants can reduce fuel costs and emissions by harnessing wasted exhaust heat, but current thermoelectric generators aren’t technically or economically sufficient. Recollect Energy’s thermoelectric generators provide a solution by remaining stable at high temperatures and reducing costs by up to 5% through solid-state, maintenance free waste heat recovery.




The low-cost and efficient Rwedi-Water system enables the use of reclaimed water for the cooling tower make-up supply and allows the cooling tower operator to use less water and chemicals while reducing the operating cost for the tower.

Scepter Medical

Scepter Medical Devices is a biomedical startup company focused on the development of better vascular access technologies for use in dialysis, plasmapheresis, chemotherapy, drug delivery, parenteral nutrition, and other treatments requiring long-term blood access.


StrataMetis is launching Desperado, a parallel computing platform with machine learning training features to build automatic or semiautomatic reservoir models for the oil and gas industry.

Texas Guadaloop

Texas Guadaloop

Texas Guadaloop is an engineering company developing IP for different modes of transportation. They are currently applying their work in building a prototype pod for SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod competition.


We’re WASDplay: the e-Sports tournament authority. We bring you into the world of professional world of e-Sports through our live tournaments, latest news, stats, and streaming.


WAVVE Stream produces a cost effective and sustainable gel that efficiently removes Heavy Metals and Harmful Chemicals from water.  This gel is made of shrimp shells making it biodegradable, and safe.

Wilder Systems

For aerostructure factory managers who need to improve throughput, quality or cost in their plant, Wilder Systems offers automated systems that will seamlessly integrate into existing production lines.


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 (killed idea and started anew) →
SpinDrift →

Class of 2013

Beyonic Technologies → →
EyeQ →
Favor →
Guava (FKA GuavaText)
MyMenu (Fka Intelligent Menu) →
Onsite Control

Class of 2012

Ideation Systems →
Lynx Labs →
Predictable Data →
Reqwip →

Class of 2011

The Body Browser
Pheir Health (killed idea and started anew with Agile Law)
AgiLux (FKA VecturaLux) (killed idea and started anew)

Class of 2010

M87 (FKA Wibole Inc.) →
Ordoro →
RBK Instruments

Class of 2009

Sparq Mobile (killed idea and started anew with Mutual Mobile)

Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch