Keep your eye on the prize.

A two-part, shark-tank-style experience, the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition annually supports compelling student start-ups. At stake? $50k and access to experienced mentors and successful entrepreneurs. 

Think you have what it takes? Find out how to participate.

Stumberg Seed Round  


In the first stage of the Stumberg Competition, teams of student ventures put their business ideas to the test. Pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, students vie to be selected for further mentorship opportunities and thousands of dollars in start-up funding.

5 teams

selected as finalists

$5k

in seed funding for each team

What’s next? →

10 weeks

in Stumberg Accelerator

This isn’t a part of my education that’s going to be on the degree, but it’s going to be with me the rest of my life. I’m a completely different person now versus two or three months ago, because the Summer Accelerator develops you as a person and as an entrepreneur.

Chikanma Ibeh and Danny Anderson pose holding a $5k big check

 

Stumberg Accelerator


What do you need for your venture to succeed? Learn new concepts and apply new knowledge during the Stumberg Accelerator, which takes place over the summer.

Stumberg finalists dive head first into 10 weeks of full-time, paid, rigorous, hands-on discovery, and development. All this while receiving guidance from Trinity’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, former Stumberg finalists, and successful business and community partners.

Skill Building

accounting
financial planning
marketing

Discovery

research
networking
making connections

Development

making and creating
building and prototyping
testing and refining

What’s next? →

Stumberg Finals

in the fall semester

Chris Stewart and Bobby Magee sit on a motorcycle with a red turn signal projected on the asphalt below them.

Through the entire summer, there was a big attitude of encouragement from the other teams. We all approached the summer hoping to build our companies, not compete with each other.

 

Stumberg Finals


It’s down to the wire at the Stumberg Competition final round, the second part of the competition, which occurs during the fall. The five finalist teams have spent the summer developing and refining on their ventures, and the final competition is their chance to shine. A pitch to a panel of expert judges—Trinity alumni, community influencers, and business moguls—and a solid display of venture trajectory is all it takes for one team to secure the $25,000 grand prize.

$25k

grand prize awarded to one finalist team

$325k+

awarded to teams since 2015

44

companies launched since 2012

We founded PATCH with the idea that we can help people who are suffering. People’s lives shouldn’t have to revolve around medication, but for those who need it, PATCH can be part of a better solution.

A PATCH pill bottle is in focus in the foreground, while Gavin Buchanan types on his laptop in the background.

 

Louis H. Stumberg headshot

The Stumberg Legacy


The Stumberg Venture Competition honors the legacy of the late San Antonio businessman and civic leader Louis H. Stumberg.

A food industry pioneer, in 1946 he co-founded Patio Mexican Foods, a company that took frozen Tex-Mex foods nationwide. Mr. Stumberg was a dedicated member of Trinity's Board of Trustees and held leadership positions with numerous organizations such as the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, United Way of San Antonio, Bexar County, Alamo Area Council of Boy Scouts, and as mayor of Terrell Hills and a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army. He gave generously of his time and treasure and was instrumental in helping build San Antonio's business and civic life.