Trinity will investigate new partnerships to expand opportunities for faculty and students. In particular, we will pursue partnerships that eliminate programmatic redundancy and offer new sources of revenue. Local partnerships enable Trinity to strengthen ties to the San Antonio community and beyond. One example of our recent work in this area has been a successful collaboration between Trinity University Press, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), and the San Antonio Library Foundation to launch the Arte Kids series, a collection of bilingual children’s books in Spanish and English.
Students who come to Trinity University to become serious and successful entrepreneurs are one step closer to reaching that goal, thanks to a grant from San Antonio’s 80/20 Foundation. In partnership with San Antonio coworking space Geekdom, a new, competitive internship program called Students + Startups will pair 30 Trinity students with local tech startup companies and entrepreneurs beginning this summer. The internship program is being funded initially by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, whose founder is San Antonio technology giant Graham Weston, also co-founder and chairman of Rackspace Hosting.
“San Antonio’s startup scene is growing rapidly – presenting a need for quality summer interns and an amazing learning opportunity for students. Students + Startups connects high-caliber university students with the downtown-based startups looking to hire,” said Lorenzo Gomez, executive director of the 80/20 Foundation.
A key goal of Students + Startups is to connect Trinity students with the local startup community, to learn from these entrepreneurs how they built their companies, and to see the multiple roles and responsibilities early hires have in these organizations. “Trinity University has always been one of the first places people look for talent,” said Luis Martinez, director of Trinity’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “A liberal arts education is ideally suited for the startup world as entrepreneurs often wear multiple hats and need to think critically across multiple disciplines. This new program will really connect these great students with San Antonio’s growing tech ecosystem so that they really see themselves as an active part of the community.”