Adopt A Startup

Adopt a Startup has partnered with the UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center, eBridge Center for Business and Commercialization, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Science to offer its program to clients and incubator members and engineering/agricultural teams. The Adopt a Startup model empowers students and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue humane, sustainable entrepreneurship. They receive training and support in creating solutions for local businesses, often with sustainability in mind. The program promotes entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative research projects, transdisciplinary teams, communication, leadership, decision-making, self-management, and professionalism skills fostering the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in RGV and beyond.

Dr. Sylvia Robles

Adopt A Startup is led by UTRGV assistant professor Dr. Sylvia Robles. Dr. Sylvia Robles is a visionary entrepreneur, educator, researcher, and advocate of Humane-Innovation-Sustainable-based Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement by EMPOWERING her students and RGV entrepreneurs through her Adopt a Startup at UTRGV Program to develop sustainable businesses. Dr. Robles has experience with working with engineering students as an Instructor and Mentor for I-Corps teams. Also, all her courses (traditional, ITV, online asynchronous or synchronous) hold the Service Learning designation, so all her students actively impact the business community and develop soft skills. She is the 2022 UTRGV Faculty Sustainability Excellence awardee for sustainability education.