Nine Lamar University graduate students have been chosen as part of Ignite!, giving them a chance to visit Silicon Valley and learn the ins and outs of engineering and science in the business world from experts.
The program involves a three-day intensive immersion into the world of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The students are working toward MBAs, doctorates, and master’s degrees.
The scholarship program, in its fourth year, is supported by Lamar alumnus Jack Gill, who's a Houston philanthropist and venture capitalist. With his wife Linda, he established The Gill Foundation of Texas to support education and offer grants and gifts to talented but economically disadvantaged students.
The Ignite! program is meant to inspire and encourage students and provide a foundation of what it takes to build a start-up business from the ground up. The Gill Scholars are awarded an audience with the founders of successful startups like Proteus Digital Health, Skype, Lyft, and Square, and with several capital investment firms focused on the tech industries, such as Benchmark Capital.
The conference is a joint venture hosted by several institutions, including the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University, and the University of California-Davis Graduate School of Management.