AUSTIN (KXAN) - More and more college students are starting their own businesswhile in school, instead of waiting to graduate. A new program atthe University of Texas is helping them out, and they are lookingfor mentors.
UT senior Daniel Carissimi started his own record label calledVCR. He has already signed one person to the label and runs it outof his apartment.
"The opportunity was there with Allen," said Carissimi. "He wasgetting opportunities with other labels, so if we can find sources,why not do this now? Because in a year I'm going to graduate, andthis is what I would like to do."
Carissimi is part of a growing number of college studentsstarting their own business while studying to get a degree, and nowthere is help for UT students.
"You sort of need mentors to help guild you through the process,so that's what Texas Ventures is," said Texas Ventures founder TomSerres.
Serres knows firsthand the challenges of starting a businesswhile in college. As a freshman at UT, he founded a politicalconsulting firm.
"As we were growing up as entrepreneurs on the UT campus, wereally didn't have any kind of substantial network by which wecould grow our companies," said Serres.
That is why he is taking what he learned starting Pyrix to helpmentor students, and there are a lot of young entrepreneurs outthere.
"Surprisingly, the majority of our members already have abusiness," said Derek Pavlicek, Texas Ventures president. "I'mmeeting freshmen who own three companies. Insane, I know."
Kristen Carson, a fifth-year senior, started a studentconsulting firm to help businesses in impoverished countries. TexasVentures helped turn her idea into a business.
"They have helped me with my business plan," said Carson. "Theyhave helped me set up the Web site for me. They have put me intouch with different leaders in the community."
Another student is wanting to commercialize the banana businessin Central America, and another is trading steel internationally.Texas Ventures is looking for local business people to help mentorstudents. Click herefor more information.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.