2014-15 Founding Year Report

Texas Tech recognizes that students play an important role in the university's innovation successes. In 2014, the Office of the Vice President for Research began work to form a new student-led organization, Texas Tech Innovation Mentorship and Entrepreneurship (TTIME / Double Time). The organization is designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across campus and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from all majors across the university. The group is a foundational effort to provide students with resources and support to turn their innovative ideas into reality.
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Why Texas Tech

Texas Tech University stands on the cusp of being one of the nation's premier research institutions. Research and enrollment numbers are at record levels and total research expenditures topped $150 million in 2014. Numbers like that cement Texas Tech's commitment to attracting and retaining quality students. Texas Tech is large enough to provide the best facilities and opportunities, but small enough to focus on students and their accomplishments individually.
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Why Lubbock

Lubbock, often referred as the "Hub City," is the main economic center in the Northwest Texas region for health care, education, manufacturing and agriculture. It encompasses a 26 county region with a strong and diverse economy. Lubbock's cost of doing business continues to rank as one of the lowest in the nation. Over the years, there have been large infrastructure investments in the region to provide companies and individuals access to technology and innovation. This makes Lubbock a place to grow and prosper.

Innovation Metrics

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Programs at TTIME

Guest Speakers

With speakers who share entrepreneurial experiences, we learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.


We bring students, faculty, and administrators together from different fields in entrepreneurial mixers.

Business Seminars

TTime offers workshops where students learn how to run their businesses after developing ideas.

3 Day Startup

TTime co-hosts a 3 day event that transforms an idea into a business project ready to be pitched to investors.

Innovation Space

In the new Research Park, TTIME helps students with their projects and provides collaboration with like-minded people.


We look for passionate and talented people who want to join our team. Together, we aim to help students succeed.


From a network of faculty mentors, alumni, and students who have done their own entrepreneurship ventures.


We have a list of resources within the university that can help you improve your business and professional skills.


We have a list of resources within the university that can help you improve your business and professional skills.
Texas Tech Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center

The NWTSBDC provides free counseling and guidance in areas such as employee relations, marketing, contracting, patents, financial management, etc..

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Provides personalized business counseling to entrepreneurs with accounting, market research, marketing plan and loan request applications.

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The NWTBIDC specializes in demographics, business statistics, projected growth, traffic counts, industry trends and market research in order to complement the services provided by NWTSBDC counselors.

Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization

The office protects, markets and licenses the university's intellectual property generated by Texas Tech's researchers, faculty and students.

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The office main mission is to make opportunities available for student and faculty to engage in research, scholarship and innovation. To advance the research ventures the office coordinates with economic development organizations and the private sector to provide the best research-centered academic environment.

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The technology accelerator program brings together technologies developed in research labs with entrepreneurial students that participate in a semester long program. During a 4-month period, participants employ the lean startup curriculum to generate a commercial and investment ready proposal that is presented to investors in Demo Day. Program runs every spring semester, applications open during fall semester.

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A 72-hour program designed to immerse student into the process of starting a tech company using the lean startup method. Students get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles and apply them in a hands-on environment.

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Members of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business professional fraternity, learn how to achieve professionalism while making true life-long friends. Their mission is to develop well-trained, ethical, skilled, resourceful, and experienced business leaders.

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The business fraternity intends to foster the study of business in universities, to encourage scholarship, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics.

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Tech CEO is a student organization that informs, supports and inspires college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunities through enterprise creation. CEO's vision is to help students achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and goals. They provide student members with opportunities, events, chapter activities and conferences to help start businesses.

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A group of students from different academic backgrounds with a common interest in entrepreneurship and innovation generate programs to improve entrepreneurial opportunities at Texas Tech. They do this by promoting entrepreneurial academic courses, student organizations and programs.

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The group seeks to foster an appreciation of and climate for media entrepreneurship and innovation among students at Texas Tech by competing in local and national competitions. The group meets twice a month, including hosting guest speakers with experience starting a media company or entrepreneurial project.

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Toastmasters is a group devoted to help its members become effective communicators and improve their leadership skills. It provides them with the opportunity to practice their formal and informal speaking skills in a friendly environment that provides them with positive feedback.

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In the domains of human factors and ergonomics, Texas Tech Human Factors and Ergonomics Society applies the knowledge of human capabilities and limitations (cognitive, perceptual, and physical) to the design of interfaces, tools, products, services, etc.

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The Innovation Hub at Research Park is a 40,000 square foot facility designed to become a resource for the faculty and students of both Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as well as community members interested in launching new ventures. Public-private partnerships will be able to lease space to develop companies within the facility.

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LEDA's strategic partnerships help academic institutions develop innovative programs to foster innovation and provide a stable environment for private companies to succeed as they expand their operations that bring value to the region.

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They provide opportunities for local business leaders to network in order to build up business relationships that can improve the economic environment of the region.

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The Lubbock Angel Network is a member-directed investment club. They invest in early stage technology startups and strongly-vetted syndicated deals.

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Verizon provides up to 65 different solutions for businesses. Verizon has the ability to create a wireless connection to many technological devices that can be remotely monitored, managed, measured, or controlled. In searching for a solution or creating and developing tech products, Verizon can help.

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SBDCNet is the official National Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They produce a broad range of financial, market and demographic research reports of different industries.

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The Tibetan Innovation Challenge is an intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan contest, organized by the University of Rochester, intended to improve the lives of Tibetans living in refugee camps in India. The Tibetan Innovation Challenge connects the brightest, most innovative minds from the nationís top colleges and universities with underserved populations.

Upcoming Events

1 Million Cups

"1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee."

Texas Tech's version will bring together students from different colleges, alumni, local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Mixer

The mixer will bring together the different stakeholders involved in the university's and the region's innovation ecosystem. The events intend to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among students as they work in entrepreneurial projects. It will also be a good opportunity for students to learn about the resources and mentorship available at tech to get hand on experiences on innovation.

3 Day Startup Spring 2016

3 Day Startup (3DS) offers Texas Tech University students an intensive 72-hour immersion into how to start a new business. Students learn the practice of entrepreneurship, how to form cross-disciplinary teams around a business idea, how to evaluate a potential market for their idea or product, how to create a business plan and how to pitch their idea to potential investors. The weekend ends with a pitch session where each team presents its business concept to a panel composed of faculty and business leaders.
The program is free, submit your application here

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Success Stories

Yes, you can make it. These are several examples of Tech students who have succeeded in their entrepreneurial adventures.

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