College of Engineering

Tech Symposium April 25, 2017


The UTSA College of Engineering invites you to the Tech Symposium showcasing innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium will not only include work in engineering, but also advances achieved in business and science. The event will include the $100K Technology Venture Competition to give students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs, which is produced by the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE).

The Tech Symposium will be held in the UTSA Convocation Center on UTSA Main Campus. Free Special Event Parking for guests of the Tech Symposium is located in the Ximenes Ave. Garage. A Parking Attendant will be stationed at the entrance to the garage, please pick up a special event swipe card to gain access and exit from the garage.

Parking/Event Map

Advanced registration is recommended, click here!


Senior Design Projects

The Senior Design Projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies enabling all engineering students, in their senior year, to apply the knowledge they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products. Industry reps are invited to judge the students’ projects. The top three projects in each department will receive a cash award during the awards ceremony.

Poster Projects

Senior Design 1 students will present posters summarizing their projects and where they are in the design process.

Contact Information

General Contact Information: Pierce Shivers at or 210-458-5195

Media Contact: Joanna Carver at 210-458-2087 or

Event Sponsors Boeing and Union Pacific
















CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition

The CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition focuses on student entrepreneurial activities, to give students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs. Teams of senior business and engineering students work throughout the semester to develop a technology demonstrator and business plan to successfully develop a new company.

The symposium will also feature renowned business and engineering leaders from San Antonio and a tour of UTSA’s renowned Vizlab.

The Capstone Projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies, enabling all engineering students, in their senior year, to apply the knowledge they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products. Some of the projects have external sponsors and some are also part of the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition, neither of which is a requirement for course credit.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Projects

More information coming soon!

Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects

More information coming soon!


Biomedical Engineering Capstone Projects

More information coming soon!



What’s your Big Rowdy Idea? Business Model Competition

The expressed purpose of the CITE Business Model Competition is to prepare participants to launch scalable entrepreneurial ventures while simultaneously pursuing their degree program or working at UTSA.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Open to all UTSA students (undergraduates, graduates, doctoral) of any major, postdocs, staff and faculty.
Team Formation Maximum of 6 members. We encourage interdisciplinary teams.
Nature of Idea/Venture The business submissions must be the team’s own original work and ideas.
We accept any type of project/idea as long as it is scalable.
We do not accept buyouts, expansion of existing companies, real estate syndications, tax shelters, franchises, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area, or spinouts from an existing corporation.
Investment and Revenue Team/companies who have received more than $100K of investment (of any source) prior to the current academic year are not eligible to compete.
No revenues should be received by competing teams/companies prior to the current academic year.

Key Dates and Activities

August 15 Applications open
October 2 Application deadline
October 8 Announcement of Top 15 teams advancing to the First Round – Kick off Meeting
October 9-29 1. Watch all required Lean Launchpad Videos
2. Create your first Business Model Canvas (BMC) in Launch Pad Central (LPC)*1 Platform. Minimum required sections: Value Proposition & Customer Segments
3. Conduct Customer Interviews to validate assumptions stated on your BMC.
October 30 Mid Program Presentations*2
1. Submit a 3-minute video stating your “Business thesis”: What is your product/service?, Who is your customer?, and Why would they buy it?. And provide a summary of what you learned about your Value Propositions & Customer Segments: (Hypothesis) Here is what we thought…, (Experiment) Here is what we did…, (Results) Here is what we found/learned…, (Iterate) And here is what we are going to do next.
October 31-November 18 1. Continue improving your BMC
2. Continue testing your assumptions stated on your BMC.
3. Prepare and submit presentation for Second Round Live Pitches: Lesson’s Learned and What’s Next?
November 19 1. Second Round Live Pitches*2 (5’ pitch & 2’ Q&A) –

Teams that watched all required LPC videos, completed “Value Proposition” and “Customer Segments” Sections of their BMC, and conducted & uploaded good quality customer interviews*3 to LPC will have the opportunity to pitch in this round.2. Top 5 finalists will be announced.

November 20-28 Practice pitch sessions with mentor
November 29 Final Round Public Competition – Top 5 Teams pitching at the Tech Symposium Day – 7’ Pitch – 3’ Q&A*2
*1 UTSA CITE will reimburse subscription to LPC Platform. Instructors and mentors will be providing guidance on your BMC and Customer Discovery Process through LPC Platform.
*2 Sample presentations and pitch decks will be provided.
*3 There are several ways to conduct interviews and we will guide you on the different types of customer interviews that you can do. Your team might be able to easily conduct 5 to 10 customer interviews in one weekend depending on your project. More customer interviews = Better Business Model = Better changes of winning the competition.


1st Place $5,000 Cash
$5,000 Investment
In-Kind Services*4
2nd Place $1,500 Cash & In-Kind Services*4
3rd Place $1,000 Cash & In-Kind Services*4
Note: Projects that are technology enabled will qualify for an award of up to $2,000 for prototype/proof of concept expenses related to their project. Condition for the award: watch all LLP Videos, BMC complete, uploaded a minimum of 30 (valid) customer interviews to LLP , and pitch in the Second Round on November 19. More details about the award will be provided at the Kick off Meeting.
*4 Office space at SATC or Geekdom membership, incorporation documents, possibility to protect invention through UTSA  (Valued at ~$75k).

Judging Criteria

1st Round: CITE administration will select 15 projects/ideas based on how innovative the idea is and how well the team was able to state the pain of the customer, market potential, solution and market entry strategy in their Big Idea Hypothesis.

2nd and Final Round: Each of the elements below will be scored on a 5-point scale by judges independently, and then those scores will be tallied and compiled for a total possible score of 25 points per team. The teams will then be ranked according to their aggregate score.

  1. How well did the team identify the assumptions crucial to their business?
  2. How well did they design and carry out their tests? (test with customers and/or partners)
  3. How well did the team take action based on the results of the test? (pivot, retest assumptions, etc.)
  4. Did they arrive at a viable business model?
  5. How unique is their value proposition and have they identified barriers to entry? (Who are your competitors? How are you different? What tests show that customers would prefer your solution?)

The following criteria will serve as tiebreakers:

  1. Is the team solving a significant problem (defined in terms of money or impact)?
  2. Does the team/company have a proof of concept/prototype built?
  3. Does the team have significant evidence that the solution is validated (includes letters of intent, purchase contracts, sales and partners)?


Click here to fill out the Application Form (log in using your UTSA Credentials) and download the Big Idea Canvas that will help you develop your Big Idea Hypothesis. After you submit your application, please send an electronic copy of your completed “Big Idea Canvas” (both pages) to Your submission won’t be considered “complete” until we receive your canvas. You will receive a confirmation email when your canvas and application have been received by the CITE Administration Team.

Don’t have an idea but want to be part of a project? Teams are always looking for passionate entrepreneurs with any background to form a diverse and interdisciplinary team that can increase their chances of succeeding. Please fill out this form and we will connect you with teams that are looking for people like you.

If you have any questions or problems submitting your application, please contact Diego Capeletti at or at (210) 458-6559.

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CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition Teams

Vita Ingenium Solutions was the Spring 2015 CITE Winners and was made up of members Xabier Basañez, Analaura Villarreal Berain, Alejandra Hernández Molina, David Zhang, Maria Acevedo, Ryan Quinn.

Ten UTSA teams comprised of business and engineering students will compete for $100,000 in cash and business-related services at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). Competitors will be scored on the viability of their proprietary new technologies and the business plans they developed to market those technologies.

Held each spring semester, the $100,000 tech competition at UTSA offers the largest award of all undergraduate business planning competitions in the nation. The competitors will offer new technologies poised to enhance health care, fitness and energy conservation.

The teams will be judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their technology, business plan and presentation. At the close of the daylong competition, the winning teams will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to potential investors. In addition to a cash prize, the winning teams will receive consulting services, marketing services, office space and other benefits to support them in getting their projects off the ground.

UTSA established the competition in 2007 when it observed that its engineering students were developing new technologies and its business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students continued their efforts beyond turning in their projects for a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA’s students are now developing marketable technologies and forming viable new companies based on those technologies.

UTSA’s $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition founding sponsor is the Texas Research & Technology Foundation. Additional sponsors are Cox | Smith, the San Antonio Technology Center, Startech, Rackspace, the UTSA Colleges of Business and Engineering, and the UTSA Vice President for Research.

CITE, an interdisciplinary center in the Colleges of Business and Engineering, was established in 2006 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures. Through a process of education, experiences, resources and support, CITE is focused on fostering the growth of new technology-based ventures. Through hands-on activities, projects, internships and competitions, experiences are created that help unlock the inner entrepreneur in students, faculty and the public. CITE also coordinates resources for supporting early venture execution within the university or in collaboration with companies and provides linkages to IP protection, incubation and funding that support the successful launch of new technology ventures.