What Can the City of Austin Do For Your Student Startup?

How daunting is it for you as a student to start your own enterprise? Are there resources and networks in Austin that can support your endeavors?

One of the biggest frustrations 3 Day Startup hears is how lonely the journey of a university student entrepreneur is. But you are not alone. The ability to find a community and collaborate with peers is essential in cultivating and refining an idea into a fully-formed business. 3 Day Startup is lucky to be located in Austin — a city that is full of opportunities to find your voice and your platform.

As Austin Startup Week boldly claims, “Austin is a big-little city and an emerging entrepreneurial hub offering a culture built on collaboration. We continue to rank high on best places to live and work. If that doesn’t do it for you, we also have awesome BBQ, fantastic live music, tons of community events, and plenty of sunshine.”

For anyone starting out, there are plenty of resources to sift through. We’ve compiled a list of organizations, resources, and programs that can help you kickstart your ventures.

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Born in Dorms: Clay.io, the platform for HTML5 games

3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in the first of the ongoing blog series, Born in Dorms. Universities are ripe for more innovation: the combination of bright students, open information, and accessible tech creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before. These highly motivated and driven students share their successes, failures, and everything in between as they navigate the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship in their local communities. Read more about each student’s unique perspective on trying to build a viable company in and around campus.

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Austin Hallock, UT Austin,
Co-founder of Clay.io




Austin Hallock is a junior computer science student at the University of Texas at Austin. In January 2012, he found Clay.io with fellow UT students Robert Leung and Radhika Sakalkale.

Clay.io is a platform for HTML5 games and features a marketplace for game players, as well as an API for game developers. The API allows developers to build high level features in their games, such as user accounts, payment processing, leaderboards, achievements, and analytics. The market for HTML5 games is fragmented, making it difficult to find and play games that work on any device. Clay.io fixes this discovery problem as a central location for HTML5 games.

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