Pair an entrepreneurial education with innovative opportunities to learn, work, and live. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship connects students with myriad ways to expand their creative ventures, from networking with alumni and business mentors to competing for start-up funds.


The Stumberg Prize

Perhaps Trinity’s most well known entrepreneurship event, the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition annually supports compelling student start-ups. Students in the Stumberg Competition compete for prize money and a coveted spot in the Trinity  Accelerator, while alumni and community members connect with campus as competition judges or Trinity Accelerator mentors.

The Stumberg Prize 

James Proctor speaks into a microphone next to Sarah Fordin with a hammock in the background at the CSI Cube for the Stumberg competition

The Stumberg Competition creates a huge opportunity for investment capital. That was one of the things that enticed me to come to Trinity in the first place.

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Venture Mentoring Service

Trinity’s Venture Mentoring Service connects entrepreneurs from the Trinity community with high-level mentors to tackle the road to becoming an entrepreneur together. Ventures are matched with mentors who will provide objective, unbiased, practical, and professional business advice and guidance.

Venture Mentoring Service

Alumnus Darsh Singh, a judge for the Stumberg Competition, speaks to a student in the CSI Cube.


Trinity’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship partners with experienced entrepreneurs to provide mentorship and research for current students and ventures. In addition to teaching courses, holding office hours, and advising E-Hall, “EiR”s offer critical guidance and coaching throughout the year to students and business teams of all types.


Sarah Janosik '75

A portrait of Sarah Janosik with the text "2022-23 Entrepreneur in Residence"

"If you're going to build something, you really can't do it alone."  Sarah Janosik ’75 is a serial entrepreneur whose ventures include Cowgirl Ventures, the Relate Center, and others, is serving as Trinity's EiR for the 2022-23 academic year.

Read Sarah's Story


  • Matt Glazer '04
    founding executive director of Progress Texas
  • David Girault '91
    founding CFO and COO of a start-up export trading firm
  • Mark Hill '77
    Independent technology consultant ​​​​​​
  • Michelle Mudge-Riley '99
    Founder of Physicians Helping Physicians and DocRD
  • Mary Ullmann Japhet '84
    Former broadcast journalist and Sr. Vice President of San Antonio Sports
  • Chris Warren '78
    Entrepreneurial consultant


Trinity alumni interested in participating in the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program may contact the Entrepreneurship department.

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Located in the first-year area, E-Hall is a dedicated residential space where students can explore entrepreneurship through real-world application.

We want students of every major to live and breathe the entrepreneurial experience in the dorms as well as the classroom. Many founders find their future cofounders and business partners while living together in college. We’re catalyzing that productive collision by putting together in the dormitories first-year students who have an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Apply to live in E-Hall Residential Life at Trinity

  E-Hall received the 2015 Leavy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education.


Get Connected

You’ll be a part of the startup scene in San Antonio and connected to major events, places, and people who are powering the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Trinity’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a major sponsor of San Antonio Startup Week (SASW) and San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week (SAEW), a cofounder of Tech Bloc and a partner with Students+Startups, Geekdom, LaunchSA, ImpactGuild, VelocityTX, and many many more.

These community engagement events and partners expand your Trinity experience to that of the greater startup and innovation community.

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