The Tropical Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (TTRCIC)

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Harlingen, TX (April 26, 2012) – Four organizations have banded together to support entrepreneurs throughout Harlingen, TX.  The Tropical Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (TTRCIC), The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (HEDC), Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and The International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IIEC) at UTB are collaborating to provide Kauffman FastTrac® NewVentureTM training to entrepreneurs in Harlingen.

The   TTRCIC and HEDC have allocated funds to provide scholarships to individuals seeking to complete the training.  The funding will allow for 100 % scholarships for up to 10 individuals.  Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

The IIEC has partnered with TSTC’s Continuing Education Division to provide the training at the University Center located at 2424 Boxwood Street.  The IIEC is an affiliate of Kauffman FastTrac® certified to provide the training.

FastTrac® NewVentureTM provides the tools to develop a business concept, determine the viability of the business concept, and outline the critical steps to a successful business launch.  The program encompasses 30 hours of facilitated instruction and is broken up into 10 sessions over a period of 10 weeks.

The training is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.  Registration will run through Monday, June 11, 2012.  Space is limited.

Individuals interested in the training are encouraged to apply at utb.affiliate.fasttrac.org or contact John Sossi or Ruben Ceballos at 956-882-4119.

The Tropical Texas RCIC is one of seven regions in the state that has been established to administer the Emerging Technology fund through a “Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization.” The Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 at the urging of Gov. Perry to provide Texas with an unparalleled advantage in the research, development, and commercialization of emerging technologies. The TTRCIC works with the Office of the Governor and the ETF Advisory Committee to identify, evaluate, and submit promising proposals from their respective regions to the ETF Advisory Committee. RCICs work closely with applicants in assisting with ETF proposal development, post-proposal debriefings, and commercialization activities. In addition, RCICs are a strong focal point to increasing cooperation and spurring collaboration between industrial, financial, and academic entities.  For more information on the TTRCIC, contact our office at 956-364-4503.