Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy (TEX-E)
TEX-E is a first-of-a-kind collaboration among The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Rice University, and Prairie View A&M University—powered by Greentown Labs and MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship—to create a powerful student-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem in Texas.
Apply to be a TEX-E Fellow
Want to dive headfirst into energy innovation and serve as an ambassador with your university? We’re inviting students to apply to become a TEX-E Fellow!
- A unique and unparalleled opportunity to connect with leaders in the energy innovation ecosystem
- Access to a pool of discretionary funding for events and travel, to be administered by Greentown, the Martin Trust Center, and your home university
- Special invitations to events and networking opportunities in fall 2023 and spring 2024
Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students at a participating TEX-E school—Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—who are graduating no earlier than 2024.
The TEX-E Prize
The TEX-E Prize is a multi-round startup competition for Texas students who are developing innovative technologies and business models to advance the energy transition and address climate change. Winners will receive a total of $50,000 in cash prizes to advance their ventures.
Join the TEX-E Community
We are seeking students to join the TEX-E Community! By signing up, you will gain access to:
- Networking events
- Career opportunities and job postings
- Cross-learning with MIT
- Career fairs
- On-campus events
- Pitch competitions
- And more!
Sign up to stay connected! Have questions? Reach out to Lara Cottingham, Greentown’s VP of Strategy, Policy, and Climate Impact
Houston has long been known as the energy capital of the world. However, to lead the world’s energy transition, the city must continue to attract and retain talent by creating a strong, vibrant innovation ecosystem to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and companies. The core elements necessary to build this ecosystem are already in place. Texas universities attract a rich and enormous pool of talent, and they have deep and long-standing connections to the energy industry that must ultimately bring new innovations to scale.
Over the past 15 years, Boston—home to Greentown’s first incubator—has emerged as a leader in innovation-driven energy entrepreneurship. Institutions including the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, the driving force of MIT’s entrepreneurial education curriculum, and Greentown Labs, North America’s largest climate tech incubator, have a proven track record of launching and scaling climatetech startups, despite the unique challenges of the space.