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1 Semester Startup Demo Day Spring 2012

Longhorn Startup at the University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

1 Semester Startup Demo Day Spring 2012

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1 Semester Startup invites you to Demo Day on April 26, 2012 at 5 PM inside the LBJ Auditorium where we will showcase the 10 undergraduate startups from our Spring 2012 class. 

Undergraduate students experienced entrepreneurship first-hand, learning from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Austin. University of Texas students from many different departments including Computer Science, Engineering and Management started companies and were assisted with a semester-long program of startup acceleration: speakers, mentors, and supervised project work. Mentors are exceptional people who have successfully started one or more companies.

Each startup will get 6 minutes on stage and then you can go and talk to them afterwards. There will be numerous other leaders from the Austin entrepreneurial community in attendence as well.

Learn more about 1 Semester Startup at http://1semesterstartup.com/.



Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president and CEO, cofounded the company in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin. Under Truchard's leadership, National Instruments has pioneered the development of virtual instrumentation software and hardware that has revolutionized the way engineers design and develop measurement and automation applications.

Before founding NI, Truchard worked as managing director of the acoustical measurements division at Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin. Truchard holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a master of science and bachelor of science in physics, all from The University of Texas at Austin.





  • 5:00PM - 5:45PM: Reception with Drinks and Light Foods @ Thompson Conference Center
  • 6:00PM: Opening Remarks @ LBJ Auditorium
  • Interview of Dr. James Truchard, Founder/CEO of National Instruments, by 1SS instructor Bob Metcalfe
  • First Break
  • Introduction to 1 Semester Startup Demo Day, by 1SS instructor Joshua Baer
  • First half of six-minute 1SS company presentations
  • Second Break
  • Second half of six-minute 1SS company presentations
  • Closing Remarks
  • Meet the companies of 1 Semester Startup Spring 2012


Starting your own company is a great way to change the world.  You’ve heard how Steve Jobs changed the world with his insanely great products from Apple Computer.  More examples: James Truchard changed the world with National Instruments, Bill Gates with Microsoft, John Mackey with Whole Foods Market, Michael Dell with Dell, and Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook.  All these founders and their teams are still changing the world, with impacts measured into the millions of jobs and billions of dollars.  

Three of these entrepreneurs are still running their companies in Austin.  One started his $60B company in a dorm room at UTAustin; another started his $10B company after dropping out of UT; and the third got a PhD here before starting his $1B company. These students want to follow in their footsteps.

Have questions about 1 Semester Startup Demo Day Spring 2012? Contact Longhorn Startup at the University of Texas at Austin
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Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Longhorn Startup at the University of Texas at Austin

In our premier undergraduate class, the Longhorn Startup Lab, students form interdisciplinary teams to start real companies. They enjoy the resources of a semester-long program of startup acceleration led by well-known faculty who are practitioners of the art and who are augmented by successful guest speakers and team-specific mentors.

The Longhorn Startup Seminar is a course for individual students wishing to benefit from the classroom sessions and who may have entrepreneurship opportunities in future semesters. Our Longhorn Startup Studio serves professors seeking to commercialize university technology.

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