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Student Entrepreneurs launch businesses during weekend competition

UTEP’s Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce will hold its annual Weekend Startup, an entrepreneurship education initiative that gives students an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience with the different aspects involved in the creation of a company.

“As part of our commitment to advancing the science of education in entrepreneurship, we design and implement programs in entrepreneurship education like this one,” said Aaron Cervantes, director of operations for the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce.

Student participants in the program will launch technology companies over the course of 72 hours while being exposed to real-life experiences that enhance their education and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. Groups of students are carefully selected from diverse disciplines in business, engineering and the humanities, and are brought together in a balanced formula that sparks creativity and synergy.

Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 with brainstorming sessions beginning at 4 p.m. and opening remarks at 5 p.m. Final presentations take place on Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Students begin by brainstorming ideas for their tech startup, then pitch their ideas to their peers and vote on the best ones. Once they have coded and prototyped their product, students put together a business plan and present it to a panel of experts to receive feedback on next steps for implementation.

To help them carry out these tasks, participants will be aided by of a group of experts in different fields. These mentors will utilize their skillset to provide guidance for the students.

For more information, contact Aaron Cervantes at or 915-747-6157.