Texas A&M University

McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

Texas A&M University, currently enrolling more than 66,000 students, is the oldest public university in the state. One of its most cherished traditions and legacies is the Corp of Cadets. With the exception of the service academies, A&M’s Corps makes up one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation, with approximately more than 2,000 participating, and consistently commissions more officers than any institution other than the service academies.

Since 1999, the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship has trained visionaries from all industries to transform ideas into successful businesses. The McFerrin Center is a powerhouse of innovation, encompassing 27 programs such as the Aggie 100 Awards, Startup Aggieland, Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday, 3-Day Startup, the MBA Venture Challenge, the Raymond Ideas Challenge and the Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans. Recent additions include coordination of the NSF’s I-CorpsTM program, management of the Aggie Angel Network and Blackstone LaunchPad, and organization of the first Texas A&M University High School Entrepreneurship Camp. Serving more than 3,000 students and 1,000 former students per year, the McFerrin Center’s programs have been touted as transformative and inspiring.

Texas A&M University Website

McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship EBV Website

Texas A&M EBV Staff

  • Blake Petty


  • Dr. Dick Lester

    Executive Director

  • Shanna Spencer

    Program Manager

EBV Texas A&M Sponsors

  • Reynolds and Reynolds
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Robin ’76 and Bob ’72 Starnes
  • Sue and Bill ’54 Cicherski
  • Todd Brock Family Foundation
  • Zale Foundation
  • Stephanie ’85 and Todd ’85 Routh
  • Brandie ’95 and Tim ’92 Prichard
  • Plains Capital Bank
  • John Anderson
  • Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
  • Association of Former Students of Texas A&M
  • Mays Businesss School Center for Executive Development of Texas A&M
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Wallace
  • Nancy and Bill ’82 Starnes
  • Carrie ’91 and Ryan ’90 Robinson
  • Joseph Cerami
  • Kevin Cogan
  • Joe Chavara
  • Larry Levine ’71
  • Lewis Hiltpold ’72
  • Cathy Vann
  • Douglas Brown ’82
  • R.H. Kopecky, Jr. ’72
  • Howard Perry (COL Ret.) ’68
  • John Lister ’60
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • USAA
  • Congressman Bill Flores
  • Jack Threet
  • Bank of America
  • Walmart
  • Humana