UTSA has announced another growth spurt for its program that teaches students how to turn their hi-tech ideas into successful businesses.
The university has received a $300,000 grant to expand its Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship program. The 80/20 Foundation, who provided the funding, gave the grant in hopes that one day someone going through this program will create the next Rackspace.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have joined in a partnership to construct renewable energy for its data centers.
The UTSA band lead the fanfare in the announcement for the partnership with global computer giant Microsoft. The goal between the two is to develop new methods of creating sustainable energy.
“The important thing is to not just gather power but to measure power and measure how the building uses its power and to find ways how about how find ways in which we can reduce the use of power,” said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is collaborating on an $800,000 grant from the federal government for cyber security research.
The sizable contribution from the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn’t going to student programs, instead it's going to the National Cyber Security Preparedness Consortium, a joint venture between UTSA -- which is the lead -- Texas A&M, Memphis University, University of Arkansas and Norwhich University.
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development at UTSA, to serve on a statewide taskforce that advises the state’s elected officials on issues related to small business.
Since 2003, McKinley has led the UTSA Small Business Development Center in creating an international network of SBDC offices. Those centers are in 15 countries so far in this hemisphere -- with Tunisia on the radar – and help foreign small businesses get off the ground.
UTSA’s International Trade Center teams have begun training new small business development counselors in Peru. The program is part of the government's Small Business Network of the Americas Initiative to help small businesses in other countries gain economic independence.
Small business owners know they have to develop a business plan, get funding, produce the product, and find buyers. Helping the business owner learn how to do all these things is the job of the Small Business Development Center at UTSA.