Venture College

Bring your idea to life

Venture College is here to help you take control of your life, education, and future through entrepreneurship. We are open to the entire campus community regardless of major, role, or prior experience.

Whether you already have an idea or need help finding what to commit your ambitions to, we help develop the skills, mindset, and connections to reach your goals.

Get involved today by joining our Discord! There you will be able to speak with a student leader about your ideas and see how to get involved.

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Innovation Challenge

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Be a part of a new way to help your community! Venture College is holding our launch event, an Innovation Challenge, on Wednesday September 8th. Come brainstorm, develop, and pitch your ideas to help reading literacy in Commerce, TX. The top 5 teams will win $100 each and advance to the finals round for a chance to win the $500 grand prize and an internship with the City of Commerce to implement your idea.

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What can you do in Venture College?

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Venture College :: What We Do

More than just business

Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business -its about creating value. From educators running an after school program, college students creating a side hustle, or an engineer creating a gadget, the root of Venture College is a desire to solve problems and be creative in the ways we create value.

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Lion’s Innovation Showcase

Come celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit at A&M-Commerce. Every spring our university comes together to showcase what we’re made of. Open to all students, faculty, staff and high school youth, the Lion’s Innovation Showcase lets you display your innovative products and services to real investors. Compete in one of ten categories for your chance to win cash prizes ($2,000/category). Discover how you can become a part of the showcase.

Lion’s Den

Students, faculty and staff pitch their ideas to potential donors each fall. These funds help further develop and advance our projects (e.g., travel, materials, prototypes etc.). Each year we use these funds with the goal of completing our projects by the end of the spring semester.

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Networking Nights

We want our students to excel. Meeting with industry leaders is one way we’re making this happen. As part of The Aurora Initiative, Networking Nights enable our students to learn from industry experts. Students present a 2-minute pitch of their idea to investors and spend the evening networking with them. In Fall 2019, Venture College held its first Networking Night at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Over 80 guests participated in the event.

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The Aurora Initiative

The Aurora Initiative is designed to help guide students, faculty and staff to execute projects that generate social and/or economic value. Using the Lean Launchpad methodology, students refine their project ideas by actively researching, interviewing sources, networking and finding resources. This experience concludes with students pitching their value-creating projects to potential donors with the intention of obtaining financing to advance their projects to a pre-launch stage.

A Holistic Approach

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Venture College :: Welcome from the Coordinator of Venture College

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Welcome from the Coordinator

Welcome to Venture College!

We are the center of New Entrepreneurship at TAMUC. Helping you to develop side hustles, businesses, nonprofits and anything else you want to create.

We help you refine your vision, develop practical skills and increase your network to become a value creator!

We believe in supporting you to create all types of value, artistic, economic, social, and intellectual.

If this interests you, join our community where we support one another in taking action towards building a life we dream of living, a community we are proud to be in and a world we can pass on with pride.

Anthony Pierotti
Coordinator, Venture College
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Mission

The mission of Venture College is to inspire and enable an innovative value-creating community.

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Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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