Dr. Cristal Glangchai, PhD, is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging girls in technology and entrepreneurship. She was the Founding Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Austin and the Director of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange at the University of Texas in Austin. She's also the Founder and CEO of VentureLab, a non-profit that runs experiential learning programs in youth tech entrepreneurship. Dr. Cristal Glangchai recently served as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Trinity University. Prior to that, she founded a nanotechnology drug delivery company and ran the Idea to Product Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

        Dr. Glangchai’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the TODAY Show, NPR’s The TakeAway, Mashable, Medium, Silicon Hills News, Rivard Report, San Antonio Express-News, and San Antonio Business Journal. In 2014, she starred in the AOL Jeep Docummercial, “Side Streets,” which highlighted VentureLab and San Antonio’s entrepreneurial spirit. That year, she was a selected speaker at TEDx San Antonio, where she inspired others with her personal story, “From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs.” Dr. Glangchai was also named “Woman of the Year” by the San Antonio Business Journal (and she was named one of the 40 Under 40 in the journal’s annual awards). In 2016, she was featured speaker at SXSWInteractive and SXSWEdu.

        Dr. Glangchai has worked in intellectual property, technology commercialization, and product development. She received her B.A. in Plan II, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was recently a featured alumni. In addition, she holds two doctoral certificates in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostic and Therapeutics.

        Dr. Glangchai is a member of Springboard Enterprises, a nonprofit resource hub of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building high-growth, technology-oriented companies led by women.

        She is also a mentor for the TechStars Austin chapter, recently ranked the #14 fastest-growing startup ecosystem in the world. The organization has launched 762 companies, received $2.04 billion in funding, and $5.0 billion in market capital. In addition, Dr. Sanchez is affiliated with the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Controlled Release Society, BioAustin, Austin Women in Technology, RICE Alliance, RampCorp, Geekdom, and Geekdom Fund. Her referred published journal articles include, “Seeding and Harvesting the Innovation Gap: Linking Technology to Social and Market Needs,” J Engineering Education (2008), and “Nanoimprint Lithography Based Fabrication of Shape-specific, Enzymatically-Triggered Smart Nanoparticles,” J Control Release 125(3): 263-72 (2008).

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