Moot Corp, the University of Texas business plan competition, has a new name: Venture Labs Investment Competition. This year’s competition, which took place over the weekend, involved 40 teams from 12 countries and included categories from clean energy to biotechnology to information technology to consumer products.
BiologicsMD is the 27th Global Champion of the Global Moot Corp Competition, which was held May 7-8 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. This year’s Global Moot Corp Competition brought 40 teams from 12 countries to Austin. Biologics MD is developing OsteoFlor, a new prescription medicine for the treatment of osteoporosis.
What's so special about Global Moot Corp? According to BiologicsMD team members from the University of Arkansas, it's the judges. "Yesterday's feedback round from the judges gave us a a flavor for the judges and the audience," said Robyn Goforth.
Global Moot Corp team members Tim Lovell, Jared Edgel and Ryan Allred of TranquilMed (from Brigham Young University) were looking pretty smug as they ate lunch today in the Hall of Honors. Why so smug? "We did our best, said Edgel. What would they change if they move on to the semi-finals?
Global Moot Corp Team CALMsenior, LLC, from the University of Louisville, hopes the judges can tell real perspiration vs. nervous perspiration. "Ours is real perspiration," said Joe Rotella, M.D., CEO for CALMsenior. "Next round we are going to dress informally. Yesterday's 95 degree heat did us in as we walked across campus."
You see them in the halls. Today and tomorrow. Teams of Global Moot Corp participants huddled together making last minute plans for their presentation to the judges. Nervous-looking. "It's like a soccer match," said Rafael Tejeda, team leader for Recargatel!, representing Centro de Investigation en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV) in Monterrey, Mexico.
Interdisciplinary teams of business, engineering, and geosciences students from The University of Texas at Austin participated in an inaugural specialized training course, known as BP Energy Play, last weekend. The 47 student participants first attended talks by a training consultant who was specially flown in from the United Kingdom by BP to instruct the students.
To me, UT is a hub of creativity and cutting edge research within a state known for down to earth businesspeople. This combination of strengths drew me back to Texas after living in California for nine years. Last summer when the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference brand unveiled a new format—TEDx, where x stands for “independently organized,” I immediately applied for and received the license to host TEDxUT.
Alumni and friends of the school gathered at Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas for an exclusive conversation between Dean Tom Gilligan and Southwest Airlines executives Herb Kelleher, Founder and Chairman Emeritus; Gary Kelly, BBA ’77, Executive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO; Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus; and Bill Cunningham, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Professor James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise at the McCombs School.