The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship is UH’s nationally-ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program.
WCE is an excellent source of entrepreneurially-minded students who create and participate in startup companies based on UH technologies. For example, REEcycle won the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in 2014. This year, Sensytech won the 2016 Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition by proposing a plan to commercialize a UH smart cement technology.
WCE both starts their own companies and participate in technology-based companies started by others. The entrepreneurial resources available at the WCE and the UH Small Business Development Center are available to tenants of UH incubators.
RED Labs is UH’s startup accelerator and tech co-working space designed to help companies make a rapid start. Every summer, the RED Labs accelerator accepts up to ten companies and puts them through an intensive training program. The program culminates with the Bayou Startup Showcase, hosted jointly with Rice University's OwlSpark accelerator, where student teams present their ideas to more than 400 investors and business leaders. Since 2013, 43 founders have launched 18 companies at RED Labs.
3 Day Startup
3 Day Startup is a three-day intense workshop where students can accelerate their ideas into companies. 3DS reserves work space for one weekend, recruits 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, and invites top-notch entrepreneurs and investors. Teams pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night.