Kick off the year with Longhorn Startup as we begin this year's seminar lecture with none other than Joshua Baer himself. A short open pitch session will also take place so be sure to come with your great ideas and start the semester off strong! How to Start Starting a Company Are you passionate about entrepreneurship but still looking for inspiration? Do you know that you want to found the next great company but aren't sure where to begin? Attend this session to receive actionable suggestions from a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has talked to more than 1,000 entrepreneurs. You'll walk away from this presentation with an idea of what you need to do next and a framework for how to evaluate your idea and decide if it's the right startup idea for you, backup up by real world examples from successful entrepreneurs. Naturally, this session will attract many aspiring entrepreneurs who need to find others to work with, partner with, or learn from. If you're ready to start your own company but haven't yet, attend this session and get the adrenaline shot you need to make it happen! Find out: How do I find inspiration for my great idea? I know I want to be an entrepreneur but I haven't found the perfect idea yet. What should I be doing and how should I spend my time? How do I evaluate whether or not an idea is a good one? What criteria should I use to compare one idea to another? How do I decide if this is an idea I should pursue? What makes a good idea the right idea for me? Why am I the right person to make this vision a reality and what are my competitive advantages? The Longhorn Startup Seminar is a lecture-based course in the Fall semester that features prominent entrepreneurs telling the stories of how they founded their companies and answering questions from the students. Students get to pitch their idea to the class and participate in speed-dating events to meet potential co-founders and get advice from mentors. Any student from any college can register for either of these course numbers: CS178 ES177. The Longhorn Startup Lab is an intensive project-based course in the Spring semester that identifies student entrepreneurs who are building scalable technology companies and gets them real course credit for working on their startups while still in school. These students receive weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with successful entrepreneurs and free coworking memberships at Capital Factory. The semester culminates in a Demo Day where the students present their companies to the Austin community. Any student from any college can register for either of these course numbers: CS378 ES377E MAN337. You MUST ALSO fill out this application form for instructor approval.