UT Dallas Student Startups Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns


Nearly a dozen student teams from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson have begun 30-day crowdfunding campaigns to raise from $1,000 to $2,000 each.

The campaigns will be on the DFW-based SPURstartup platform, and they will help the students launch their businesses and test assumptions about prospective customers.

“We are excited to see student teams take the initiative and engage customers early in the development process through creative tools

Maggie Barton, co-founder of SPURstartup

Maggie Barton, co-founder of SPURstartup

like this. This validation and a little capital will help student teams finish minimum viable products and move forward into launching their startups” said Jeremy Vickers, executive director of UT Dallas’ Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

SPURstartup was co-founded by Maggie Barton and Jonathan Schick as a crowdfunding platform for the entire startup process, “and a place for aspiring entrepreneurs to live, grow and be discovered.”

Under those themes, here’s how SPURstartup works:


  • Raise money to bring your business to life.
  • Gain access to a crowdfunding platform that allows you to fund every stage of your business.


  • Get one-on-one help to build your campaign, access startup courses, and connect with mentors to expand your network.
  • Enroll in FirstGear to learn the tools you need to be an entrepreneur and launch stellar crowdfunding campaigns at teachme.spurstartup.com

Jon Schick, co-founder of SPURstartup


  • Realize your potential to build the life and business you’ve always wanted.
  • Take advantage of the chance to turn your entrepreneurship dreams into reality and build the business you love.

Learn more at www.spurstartup.com


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