TEX Venture Mentoring Service

ATI has assembled Austin's most accomplished mentors to support startups in the many entrepreneurship programs at UT.


TEXVMS is the Austin Technology Incubator’s mentoring service. It is operated by ATI with the support of the University of Texas System.

TEXVMS is based on the methodology of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), which has been used at MIT since 2000 and successfully replicated at over 50 organizations worldwide. The MIT VMS model is based on:

  • Team mentoring
  • Strict Guiding Principles / Code of Ethics
  • A community of highly qualified and committed volunteer mentors
  • Focus on developing the entrepreneur
  • Practical, actionable advice
TEXVMS mentors

TEXVMS Mission Statement

TEXVMS is an organization formed to support entrepreneurial activity within the UT Austin community and the Central Texas region and, thereby, to further the educational mission of UT Austin. TEXVMS believes that the active support of entrepreneurial activities improves the education of those in both the UT Austin community, and the Central Texas regional community, strengthens UT Austin’s role as a world leader in innovation and broadens UT Austin’s academic, teaching, research, and public service missions.

Our mentors

Lance Adams Lance Adams
Infinite Composites Technologies
Kim Allen Kim Allen
Kandid Communications
Wade Allen Wade Allen
Richard Amato Richard Amato
Austin Technology Incubator
Alex Athey Alex Athey
Applied Research Laboratories, UT Austin
Kelsey August Kelsey August
Lone Start Direct
Steve Barcik Amstel Steve Barcik Amstel
High Tech Design Safety
Jamie Beard Jamie Beard
Blackstone LaunchPad, UT Austin
Katharine Beisner Katharine Beisner
Austin Energy
Stephan de Bernede Stephan de Bernede
Translunar One
Tyler Drake Tyler Drake
ACC Bioscience Incubator
Scott Evans Scott Evans
Longhorn Maker Studios, UT Austin
Seyi Fabode Seyi Fabode
Asha Labs
Kurt Faulhaber Kurt Faulhaber
Stafford Capital Partners
Mike Ferreira Mike Ferreira
HID Global
Steve Frayser Steve Frayser
Material Applications Research Center, Texas State University
Rosemary French Rosemary French
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Andy Geller Andy Geller
Western Peak Investment Advisors
Iga Hallberg Iga Hallberg
Cleantech consultant
Breck Harmel Breck Harmel
Mitch Jacobson Mitch Jacobson
Austin Technology Incubator
Blackstone LaunchPad
Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky
Intel Corporation
Verena Kallhoff Verena Kallhoff
Texas Health CoLab, Dell Medical School
Erin Keys Erin Keys
Austin Technology Incubator
Rashmi Kilam Rashmi Kilam
Bouin Capital
Chris Laing Chris Laing
Capital City Innovation
Jonathan Libby Jonathan Libby
Dell EMC
Kevin MacVittie Kevin MacVittie
RT Vision Labs
Lisa McDonald Lisa McDonald
Austin Technology Incubator
Steve Meyer Steve Meyer
Abraxas Technology
Steven Meyers Steven Meyers
Rational Energy
Sara Mitran Sara Mitran
Frost & Sullivan
Mark Murdock Mark Murdock
ATI Executive in Residence
Jim Nelson Jim Nelson
American Epilepsy Institute
Paul O'Brien Paul O’Brien
Mediatech Ventures
Bill Ott Bill Ott
Claudia Perez Claudia Perez
BB Imaging & Healthcare Consulting
Greg Pogue Greg Pogue
IC² Institute, UT Austin
Mark Sanders Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator
George Schaefer George Schaefer
ATI Executive in Residence
Jeffrey Schmitz Jeffrey Schmitz
NS Technology Group
Steve Smaha Steve Smaha
Translational Research Institute
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson
Doug Stoakley Doug Stoakley
Bridge to Market
Charlie Upshaw Charlie Upshaw
Janet Walkow Janet Walkow
Drug Dynamics Institute, UT Austin
Sandy West Sandy West
Majorie Winters Majorie Winters
Foley & Lardner
Patrick Worrall Patrick Worrall
Extol Energy