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Texas A&M University

Join the VC startup scout program to discover innovation in the entrepreneurial world and play a crucial role in shaping the future. Gain valuable exposure to early-stage ventures and broaden your network.


Texas A&M University, widely recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, boasts a robust startup and venture capital ecosystem. The university provides comprehensive support to budding entrepreneurs through its Startup Aggieland, a student-business incubator committed to helping students and recent graduates develop their startup ideas into successful companies.

A study conducted by PitchBook Data in 2016 listed Texas A&M University as one of the top universities producing venture-backed entrepreneurs. This can be attributed to its array of programs aimed at nurturing entrepreneurial skills among the student community, including the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday, and the Aggie Innovation and Startup Symposium.

Among its many successful startups, the Cognita Labs, a Texas A&M-based startup, has been successful in developing novel medical devices. It was established by Dr. R. Saravana Kumar, a Texas A&M alumnus and has received major funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

An example of an illustrious founder from the university is the late George P. Mitchell, a former student and visionary mind behind The Woodlands, a successful planned community near Houston. He is also known as a pioneer of unconventional resources in the energy industry. Mr. Mitchell’s entrepreneurial journey demonstrates Texas A&M University’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Investment in Texas A&M startups is also noticeable, with venture capital firms such as Aggie Angel Network, a group of accredited angel investors focused on investment in early-stage enterprises. As of 2020, they made investments in multiple A&M-related companies, thus furthering the university's commitment to foster entrepreneurship.

It is worth mentioning that Texas A&M University has made substantial investments to support female entrepreneurs. The mays Business School conducted the Women's Entrepreneurship Boot camp, a five-day intensive program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs with the skills and confidence to successfully navigate the world of startups and venture capital.

In conclusion, Texas A&M University’s startup and venture capital ecosystem is thriving due to the institution's focus on fostering innovation, supporting female entrepreneurs, and promoting successful entrepreneurial alumni. Their success in producing venture-backed entrepreneurs testifies to the effectiveness of their entrepreneurship programs.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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