Texas Exchange for Energy and Climate Entrepreneurship (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 Bootcamp for Climatetech Entrepreneurship

This intensive weekend course on Sept. 20-22, 2024 will offer Texas students a collaborative deep dive into energy innovation and entrepreneurship with instructors from MIT’s groundbreaking Climate & Energy Ventures Course and faculty from multiple Texas universities.

Throughout the weekend, participating students, faculty, and staff from Texas universities will learn from leading academic minds in the field of energy innovation and work together on collaborative projects that could be the genesis of a new enterprise, leaving the program with enhanced readiness to tackle one of the biggest problems humanity has ever faced. Following the bootcamp, TEX-E will provide further opportunities for these newly forged climate champions to continue honing their skills.

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 Solidec, Coflux Purification, and AirMax received 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!

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.

Now, TEX-E is building a bridge between Houston and Boston—home to Greentown’s first incubator—which 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, North America’s largest climatetech incubator, have a proven track record of launching and scaling climatetech startups.

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

Participating Schools