Through Trinity’s entrepreneurship minor, real-world problem solvers of all academic interests embark on their first ventures. Through the minor, open to all majors, students build real ventures, meet real-world challenges, learn from failure, get out of the classroom, and start something real.
- 10% of Trinity students (from 44 majors) participate in entrepreneurship
- 84% of companies launched by Tigers are still active
- No. 8 on Forbes “Most Entrepreneurial Colleges”
- Five companies compete for yearly Stumberg $50,000 prize
What You'll Study
The science of entrepreneurial inspiration, creation, and action
Our professors practice what they preach
Our faculty are at the epicenter of a booming startup and tech scene in San Antonio, with connections stretching throughout Texas, the U.S., and beyond. Students receive personal feedback and development, as well as gain access to a real-world network of industry insiders, movers, and shakers.
Trinity’s unique clinical adjunct faculty model brings real-world practitioners, full-time and exemplary in their areas. Active in the San Antonio entrepreneurial ecosystem, they share their networks and current knowledge with students. The Entrepreneurship Co-working space is where students have 24/7 access to work with their teams in developing new ventures as well as meet with mentors and network.
Take real-world risks
Students launch their own for-profit and non-profit ventures, keeping 100% of their intellectual property. Our ventures compete in state, national, and international pitch competitions winning thousands of dollars to support their ventures. They also participate in regional and national incubator and accelerator programs such as Techstars.
You're not alone. Alumni and community entrepreneurs are available to help students and their ventures. Coaches are available to help students 1-on-1 from idea to launched ventures through Trinity Startup Tree. Mentoring is available for those students and alumni who have launched a venture through Trinity's Venture Mentoring Service.
Summer in Madrid
Run by Trinity’s Center for International Engagement and led by faculty from the Mexico, Americas and Spain program, the six-week summer in Madrid isn’t your average study abroad experience. Not only do students take unique courses led by Trinity faculty and explore the culture of Madrid and surrounding areas, but they’re also matched to internships with Spanish companies.
These companies, often looking to expand their international footprint, have even hired certain Tigers to keep working even after they return to campus the following semester.
As part of your study abroad experience, take your new venture concept with you and figure out how do some aspect of your business abroad. Will you manufacture abroad? Open a key international partnership? Establish a key foreign market? Use your time to take risks and learn what its like to operate internationally.
Summer Accelerator Program
Exclusive to Stumberg finalists, the Summer Accelerator gives student founders the chance to do paid work on their own startup. 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.
With your paid summer internship through San Antonio’s Students + Startups, you’ll experience the exciting, stressful, and immensely rewarding life as a startup company employee. You’ll meet entrepreneurs who’ve built their companies from the ground up, and start building your professional network in the San Antonio startup scene. Students + Startups brings the best, most exciting young companies in San Antonio directly to you, matches your interests to their opportunities, and provides the challenges to expand your skill-set.
Center for the Sciences and Innovation
At CSI, Trinity entrepreneurs have access to a world of resources. From personal office space and high-tech classrooms to the CSI Makerspace—a machine and engineering shop just feet from Entrepreneurship headquarters—CSI has the tools you need to turn your startup from an idea on a whiteboard into a real product, service, or venture.
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.
Student Awards and Recognition
Stumberg Venture Competition
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. These five finalist teams then compete for the grand prize of $25,000 in the final round the following fall.
Trinity sits in the middle of San Antonio’s many thriving hubs of startups, tech, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Engage with multiple networking events such as:
- San Antonio Startup Week
- San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week
- Trinity University Network of Entrepreneurs (TUNE) Brunch
- Investor’s Panel
When You Graduate
Join a startup, or work for yourself
From creating international tax platforms and pushing data-driven dairy farming to high-tech expunction software, Trinity entrepreneurs graduate into jobs they’ve created for themselves, or bring an experienced skillset to startup or postgraduate opportunity of their choice.
Be a high impact founder or employee that knows how to take risks, seize opportunities, and create value.
Graduate Schools or Programs:
- Masters in Public Health USC
- Social Entrepreneurship, University of San Diego
- Business Development/Marketing
- Program Manager
- Serial Entrepreneur
Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:
- Stanford University
- Venture for America