TEX-E Fellows Background
TEX-E stands for Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy. It’s a first-of-a-kind collaboration between Greentown Labs, MIT’s Martin Trust Center, and five Texas universities: Texas A&M, UT-Austin, University of Houston, Rice University, and Prairie View A&M University.
The objective is to create a powerful, student-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Houston region and Texas broadly, focused on energy innovation and implementing lessons learned from building a successful ecosystem in Boston. This effort will aim to train and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to lead the energy transition and to share in the massive economic opportunity it entails, while also addressing the existential threat of climate change.
These individuals will serve as the student liaisons between their respective universities, as well as with MIT and Greentown Labs. They will help to identify and connect with the relevant groups at their university, while also participating in and learning from programs and activities at other universities.
Qualified candidates will have a passion for energy innovation and an in-depth knowledge of the energy innovation landscape within their university, as well as broader trends in energy transition and climate tech. Preferred candidates will have existing leadership roles (such as within a student club) at their individual universities.
Fellows must be:
- a graduate or undergraduate student
- currently enrolled at Texas A&M, UT-Austin, University of Houston, Rice University, or Prairie View A&M
- who are graduating no earlier than 2024.
The fellowship includes the following:
- A unique and unparalleled opportunity to connect with the energy innovation ecosystems in both Houston and Boston.
- Access to a pool of discretionary funding for events and travel, to be administered by Greentown Labs, the Martin Trust Center, and their home university.
- For applicants who apply early, consideration to receive fully-funded travel to Boston for the MIT Energy Conference.
- First consideration for paid part-time and full-time summer 2023 internships at Greentown Labs in Houston and at MIT’s Martin Trust Center in Cambridge, MA.
- Special invitations to events and networking opportunities in fall 2023 and spring 2024.
- All fellows will be expected to attend a kick-off meeting to be held at Greentown Labs Houston in May 2023.
- Fellows will participate in a coordination call every other week with staff from Greentown Labs and the Martin Trust Center, as well as other fellows.
- Fellows will meet with student groups, staff, and faculty across their university and create a map of relevant stakeholders.
- Fellows will organize at least one event at their university that is focused on entrepreneurship and the energy transition.
- Fellows will work collaboratively with one another to design and organize these events, and will have the capacity to promote events and opportunities from other universities and ecosystem partners.
For more information about the TEX-E Fellows, please email Ben Soltoff at email@example.com.