iVenture Program


If you have an idea for a product or service that solves a problem or satisfies a need, then apply to participate in the UTRGV CIC’s inaugural iVenture cohort of startup founders.  

We are seeking aspiring entrepreneurs to apply to participate in the UTRGV Center for Innovation & Commercialization’s inaugural iVenture cohort.  Up to ten founders will be selected to participate in this six – week program and will get an opportunity to develop their business ideas, connect with other founders and exchange feedback.  The goal of the iVenture program is to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their business idea so they can make a go- or no-go decision. We want to help founders find out if their ideas have legs, and if they do, then find a strategy to go to market. If the idea does not have potential for commercialization, then we want founders to find out now rather than spend their hard-earned money and valuable time developing something that does not have commercialization potential. 

Who Should Apply?

  • UTRGV students, staff, faculty or RGV community members with an Big Idea to start a business in the Rio Grande Valley
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs who want a hands – on experience

What Will You Learn?

  • Following the so what? Who cares? Why you? methodology, you will find the business value of your innovation
  • To develop your idea 
  • Understand the problem you are trying to solve for customers
  • To find out where your idea fits
  • How to find out who your potential customers are
  • Your path to market
  • Your competitive edge
  • Whether you can execute or not
  • How to pitch your business idea

iVenture Program Timeline

Information Session #1:  Thursday, August 26 at 1:00 pm 

Information Session #2:  Thursday, September 9 at 11:00 am 

Application Closes: Monday, September 20 by 5:00 pm 

Notification of Selected Participants: Monday, September 27

Program Dates:  Friday, October 8, 15, 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12

Time:  4:00 - 7:00 pm 

Location:  Center for Innovation & Commercialization's Venture Lab 

Friday, November 12, 2021 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm

UTRGV Center for Innovation & Commercialization 307 E. Railroad St. Weslaco, TX 78596

Event Type

Community, Training & Development

Target Audience

Students, General Public, Staff, Faculty, Alumni



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