SEAL (Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch)

Student Entrepreneurs. Experienced Mentors. Collaborative Workspace.

Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL) is The University of Texas at Austin’s selective summer accelerator that picks the most promising emerging UT startups (undergrad, grad, and occasionally faculty teams) and helps them confront their next market-driven milestone.

SEAL started in 2009 with the goal 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.

The 9-week program provides:

  • Mentorship: Participants learn from industry and/or field experts who offer guidance and insight on industry-specific deal killers.
  • Lunch and Learns: Tutorial sessions provide key knowledge areas needed to build a scalable business including market sizing, financial forecasting, and intellectual property strategies.
  • Fundraising Pitch Development: Teams pitch their projects on the first day, develop and improve the plan throughout the program, and present the business pitch on Decision Day.
  • D-Day: The program culminates with a Decision Day where based on individual research and expert advice, teams decide whether their project can survive the real world or not.
  • Relationships: Participants get to know other entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors from the broader Austin startup ecosystem.

Over the last 11 years, 33% of companies went onto to raise funding, while 33% shut down around the end of the program. (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.)

To date, SEAL alumni companies have raised $100M and generated over $400M in valuation. Notable alumni include Favor (acquired by HEB), M87 (acquired by XCOM), Lynx Laboratories (acquired by Occipital), Accordion Health (acquired by Evolent Health), Flo Recruit, Elite Sweets, Mutual Mobile, Ordoro, and EQO to name a few.

SEAL has been run by the Austin Technology Incubator since 2009. Starting in 2019, SEAL is headed by staff from ATI’s sister organization Blackstone LaunchPad in continued partnership with ATI.

Visit the Blackstone LaunchPad SEAL page for the latest application information.

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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 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