October Startup Coffee Connect

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Grow Your Network of UT Entrepreneurs & Innovators

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Whether you're looking to see what creative students are up to, have a business idea of your own, or are in search of co-founders and partners to join your team, Startup Coffee Connect is the perfect event to build connections in the UT Startup Ecosystem!

October Startup Coffee Connect special event: We will be joined by Co-founder & former CEO of RideScout, Joseph Kopser for his top tips on presenting and pitching in a virtual format. Following, practice your pitches and brush up on your presentation skills in breakout rooms!

*All UT undergrads, grads, faculty, + staff are welcome to attend.


Jospeh Kopser | Special Advisor for Military Leadership and Strategy Policy, The University of Texas at Austin, President's Office

Joseph co-founded a company, built it from scratch, then sold it to Mercedes. He stayed on with them to advise their senior leadership and assist in their evolution as a mobility company. From those experiences, he wrote the book, Catalyst, chronicling the opportunities and challenges in the 21st Century economy for business and policy makers. He's an active investor and mentor to dozens of companies. After running for Congress, Joseph served a year as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin. Today, he's using those experiences as well as his own 20 years of service in the Army (including time as a Special Assistant to the CEO of the Army) to build the next generation of leaders in some of the most exciting companies and public entities in America. Joseph advises leaders and teams in business, non-profit, and academia.

In addition, Jospeh is a public speaker, technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. He joined the consulting company Grayline working with people and companies to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, Joseph was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2014, his company, RideScout, won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award. In his free time, Joseph works with The Bunker, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In 2019, he became the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech companies.

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