At Trinity, entrepreneurship takes tenacity and innovation. Here, the next generation of real-world problem solvers embark on their next adventure.
Tigers are free to launch their own companies as undergraduates. They create ingenious medical devices to tackle America’s opioid crisis, build powerful data models to improve international agriculture, and their digital, 21st-century skills are driving San Antonio’s booming tech and startup scene. And while Trinity provides the high-tech resources, office space, and powerful alumni network of a larger university, combined with personal faculty attention of a smaller school, Tigers also get free rein to build each startup their way.
Trinity’s interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship takes just 21 course hours to complete, clustered around three programs in science and engineering, art and humanities, and business and social sciences. This minor focuses on the process of creativity, opportunity identification and evaluation, design and innovation, financing, strategy, marketing, and new venture development. But at Trinity, these aren’t just words on a whiteboard. See how the entrepreneurship program is fueling the engines of enterprise:
Launch a business at Trinity’s premier, annual two-part pitch competition. After the spring seed round, the judges choose five startup finalists to receive a $5,000 prize, and a place in the summer accelerator program, which includes on-campus housing and funding for $10/hour pay for up to three student founders per team for up to 10 40-hour work-weeks that summer, as well as workshops with seasoned entrepreneurs who specialize in the areas the teams need to grow. These five finalist teams then compete for the grand prize of $25,000 in the final round the following fall.
Exclusive to Stumberg Finalists, the Summer Accelerator gives student founders the chance to do paid work on their own startup, instead of spending their time at an unrelated internship. This program is structured around a 10-week course that empowers each startup to focus on establishing real milestones and metrics for evaluating their progress. While preparing for the Trinity Stumberg Final Competition remains important, the Summer Accelerator is meant to create a community of entrepreneurs who prepare and collaborate for their startup’s long-term survival. Students interview more than 100 potential stakeholders, meet with San Antonio and Austin alumni, and hear from experts in the fields of legal, intellectual property, sales strategy, and branding.
Jump into San Antonio’s exploding tech and startup scene! This annual program, funded by the 80/20 Foundation, gives Tigers paid summer positions which includes on-campus housing and $10/hour pay for each employee for up to 10 40-hour work-weeks that summer while working at rising companies. The Students+Startups network will be doubling from more than 60 students to 120 in 2019, and it will place Trinity students, along with competitive applicants from schools such as Columbia University, Rice, and Stanford, in fully paid summer positions at startups.
Kick back in Trinity’s unique residential space for student entrepreneurs, available to all Tigers interested in entrepreneurship. This unique living environment helps our students unleash their creativity, collaboration, and enterprising energy: Here, future business partners have met while cooking, doing laundry, or even brushing their teeth.
Register for E-Hall, the Entrepreneurship living and learning community.
Learn more about Entrepreneurship program requirements, courses, and faculty.
Trinity entrepreneurs participate in San Antonio's annual 3 Day Startup, where 40 students and young professionals with a wide range of backgrounds come together to brainstorm software startup company ideas and build momentum to sustain the company beyond the weekend.
Learn more at 3 Day Startup San Antonio→
The Entrepreneurship Club at Trinity University develops and enhances creativity and entrepreneurial behavior, brings together entrepreneurial-minded students, engages in entrepreneurial activities.
Contact lmartin6 [at] trinity.edu (Luis Martinez) at 210-999-8248 for more information.
The interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship is designed to cultivate, coordinate, and integrate Trinity's diverse resources for the development and application of creative entrepreneurial behavior and achievement. The minor builds on the overlap of three clusters of programs including art and humanities, science and engineering, and business and social sciences.