When Student Government decided to invest in student entrepreneurship at UT-Austin, we thought one of the things SG should do for student entrepreneurs is recognize their achievements. Therefore, during UT Entrepreneurship Week we will recognize the first ever UT-Austin Student Government – Student Entrepreneur of the Year. This award will be given away at the Longhorn Entrepreneur Awards Dinner along with the first ever SG Alumni and Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year. The SG Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award to the student who exemplifies the characteristics of a mature entrepreneur like ability to form and lead a team, raise money and develop a product. Student Government looked to the Longhorn Startup Community for nominees and then chose these three student’s as finalist for SG Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

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With InteractATXMaran Nelson is bringing nearly a hundred of the best and brightest entrepreneurs under 25 to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive 2013 to help expose and develop their entrepreneurial ambitions. To house her guests, Maran and her team sourced the UT-Austin student body to serve as community hosts for free. During SXSWi, InteractATX is hosting 5 of their own unofficial events during SXSWi and a 24/7 lounge for entrepreneurs in order to build community within the InteractATX program.

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As founder of Clay.ioAustin Hallock has spent many nights at Longhorn Startup Camp over the past 14 months developing a platform for playing HTML5 games. To date, Clay.io has 4500 users playing 160 games. Over the next year, Austin wants to grow to 15,000 members and 400 games. Want to know more? Go play some games at clay.io/play.

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As CEO of Lynx LaboratoriesChris Slaughter and his team have developed one of the world’s most advanced 3D cameras. Over the past year, Lynx Laboratories has won the Idea2Product Global Competition, been named a Dell Innovator for 2013 and executed a successful kick-starter campaign that has raised $74,000 with 15 days left.  This year Lynx expects to ship hundreds of cameras, announce new technology and commercial partnerships.

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