Texas Tech University

Student Org Spotlight: Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO)

Kaitlin York

February 8, 2017

What is the mission/purpose of CEO?

Texas Tech CEO's (Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization) mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. CEO's vision is to help students achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and goals.  We pride ourselves on providing student members with connections, opportunities, events, activities, mentors and resources to help start businesses. CEO is a project based student organization that fosters creative thinking, teamwork, and business professionalism among student members and the Texas Tech community.

Who is eligible to join CEO?

Anyone is eligible to join CEO after applying. You don't need to have a start-up to join, and we encourage all majors to apply.

What are some benefits to joining CEO?

Some of the benefits include food at every meeting, 24/7 key card access to the innovation hub, a sweet CEO T-shirt, hearing famous entrepreneurs speak, start-up workshops, and an end-of-the-year entrepreneur conference.

Are there any upcoming events or activities you would like to share with students?

We have general meetings every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm at the Innovation Hub (3911, 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79415). Two huge events coming up are iLaunch, a $10,000 business plan competition, and Red Raider Startup, a 3-day intensive workshop designed to kick start your startup.

What are the membership requirements and responsibilities and how does one join CEO?

The only requirement is to [C]reate [E]very [O]pportunity. You can apply and learn more by going to texastechceo.com. We look forward to seeing your application.

Quotes from current members:

"Tech CEO has provided me with an environment where I am surrounded by people with a similar passion and drive. It's been great for connecting me with fellow entrepreneurs and giving me all the resources I need to start any business venture I would like. It's helpful to be around people that all want you to succeed and will help you with any obstacles you encounter while starting a business and are open to the feedback you give to them," Eric Robbins, a junior finance major, said.

"Tech CEOs has benefited me personally in that, having no prior business experience, I have met many people, made numerous connections and even gotten involved with a few other men to start working on a partnership. I didn't expect to get this far with this organization, and I would recommend it to anyone - even if that person isn't in a business field of study," Jacob Siau, a junior physics and electrical engineering major, said.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.