Austin with the co-founder of Testlio, Kristel Viidik. Testlio is a recent TechStars Austin accelerator graduate.

Austin with the co-founder of Testlio, Kristel Viidik. Testlio is a recent TechStars Austin accelerator graduate.

 

In his own words…

By clicking that link you know my name is Austin Couillard and I’m a Freshman Founder. As a new student at UT, majoring in Advertising and French, Freshman Founders has been one of the best experiences I’ve had in college. In fact, it is the only club that I kept up with because it has given me experiences that are more useful than any other club here at UT.

During this fall semester we networked with successful founders and startup mentors like John Arrow, Dr. Bob Metcalfe and Jason Seats from TechStars. We visited many amazing Austin startups and incubators where we discovered the emerging culture and community of Austin startups. Every Freshman Founders meeting gets me thinking of my own ideas and how I want them to growing. Doing so in college is no easy feat, especially when I have Netflix and homework.

My favorite seminar was the Austin Startup Crawl at Capital Factory. It was insane. There were so many amazing companies. Many I got to meet and follow up with later on, and many gave me great advice on design and troubleshooting the beginning of building a company. I met some awesome people from Estonia if that counts for anything. After they told me about their company, Testlio, I got to just chat with them for a bit. Then a couple walked up to hear about the company and they let me pitch their product to them, the couple ended up being from VitaminT which is in charge of seeking out talent for helping creatives get their startups off the ground…how lucky huh?  I would’ve never made that connection if it weren’t for Freshman Founders.

It’s been a great experience, and I feel ready to begin building my own company. Entrepreneurship, I feel, is something students here at UT don’t think about enough. UT’s student body needs to compete with students from Harvard, Stanford, and the like. Here’s to the future, with my fellow Freshman Founders.

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