TEX-E

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.

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.

Applications for the 2024 TEX-E Prize have closed—stay tuned for an announcement of the finalists and winners soon!

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!

Why TEX-E?

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.

Texas students at the TEX-E Bootcamp for Climatetech Entrepreneurship at Greentown Houston

Participating Schools