UT Marketplace 2016

Event Details

The UT Marketplace is authorized under the Regent's Rules of the University of Texas System. The Board of Regents allows the University to designate no more than two one-day periods each academic year, which is accomplished through the UT Marketplace event. The UT Marketplace is held outdoors on The University of Texas at Austin campus once during each long semester.

Regents' Rules of The University of Texas System allow for the display and distribution of printed material from tables of booths by providers of services that are commonly utilized by students, faculty, and staff of the U.T. System. It does not allow company or organization representatives to make sales or to take orders for products or services. Additionally, in accordance with HB 85, effective September 1, 2007, it is not permissible for financial institutions or marketing entities to provide credit card application information. Company or organization representatives may collect directory information from willing participants provided that the method of collection is clearly presented as a "mailing list" or "distribution list". Prizes, contests, or drawings are permitted. Any food and beverage distribution must be approved a minimum of 30 days in advance and comply with UT Environmental Health & Safety guidelines.

LOCATION: Speedway Plaza on the University of Texas at Austin Campus, right in front of the Gregory Gym.

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

CHECK-IN: Please check in upon arrival. A designated check-in table will be located on Speedway Plaza. Look for the orange and white DoS tent. Set up begins at 7:45 AM and the event begins at 10 AM. Exhibitors will be provided with specific unloading times closer to the event.

PARKING: Exhibitors will park in a nearby UT garage. The UT Marketplace staff will validate parking for one vehicle per registration. Additional parking cards may be purchased for $15 each. If a vehicle will not fit into a garage, other accommodations can be made. More specific information will be provided to exhibitors closer to the event. Booths requiring vehicles as part of their displays must recieve prior approval and pre-pay $50 per vehicle permit.

TABLES: One 6-foot table and two chairs will be provided for each vendor. Additional tables and chairs may be provided for larger spaces.

REPRESENTATIVES: A 6' display area may only have four organization representatives total. Company representatives must remain in or directly in front of their designated booth area, and may not roam the event to distribute materials or conduct promotional activities.

ELECTRICITY: Exhibitors that require electricity for their display will be assessed an additional $65 fee. Individual generators are not permitted.

WATER: Exhibitors that require a non-potable water connection for their display will be assessed an additional $50 fee.

REFRESHMENTS: Food and beverages are available for purchase in the nearby Student Activities Center.

POP UP TENTS: Exhibitors may bring pop-up tents for their booths, but they may not exceed the size of their pre-paid area. Tents larger than pre-paid space will not be allowed to set up.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In case of severe weather, the event will be cancelled.

REFUNDS: A $500.00 refund will be made if cancellation is received in writing by August 14, 2020. No refunds will be given in the event of rain.

ACCESSIBILITY: UT Marketplace will do its best to honor special accommodation requests. Information on wheelchair accessible routes will be provided upon request.



What are the benefits of participating in this event? The University Board of Regents limits access for off-campus vendors to just two days per year, which is when we hold the UT Marketplace. On these two days, vendors have access to thousands of UT Austin students, faculty and staff members to advertise their services, pass out samples of their products, and distribute literature. Some vendors use this opportunity to advertise employment opportunities with their organization.

Can we pay the registration fee with a credit card? Yes. Please call (512) 471 8590 or your TSM advertising account executive.

Can two companies "split" a registration fee and table? Yes, two companies may split the fee and share the space. However, no more than two companies are permitted to share any one 6' space. Additionally, two companies may only split the 6' display area and not a larger area. We also ask that one payment be made in full, rather than splitting payment and causing unnecessary confusion.

How many team members from our organization are permitted to participate? Please limit your team members to four at any one time. You are restricted to the area immediately surrounding your table and/or exhibit and additional participants could create issues with pedestrian traffic flow. Vendors who chose to split a registration fee and table are also limited to four total representatives between the two organizations at any one time.

What time should we arrive? Set up begins at 7:00 AM. The event begins at 10 AM. Exhibitors will be provided with specific unloading times closer to the event.

Where do we unload our vehicle? All vendors will be provided an unloading time. During your appointed time, you should follow the map provided by your Account Executive. After unloading, you will need to immediately move your vehicle to the designated parking garage.

Where do we park and how much does it cost? UT Marketplace will validate parking in a University garage for one standard vehicle per vendor. Parking for additional vehicles are the responsibility of the vendor; additional cards are available for $15 each. If you choose to bring a second vehicle, the current garage rates can be found here. Accommodations for a larger vehicle that cannot be parked in a garage can be made only if UT Marketplace Staff is notified at least one week in advance of the event.

What types of materials are we permitted to pass out? Vendors are permitted to distribute free samples, promotional items, and printed materials such as brochures and/or coupons. Food and beverage distribution must be approved a minimum of 30 days in advance. We recommend a minimum of 3500 samples or promotional items.

What types of promotions work well at this event? UT Marketplace attendees are attracted to games with prizes. Vendors offering free promotional items, t-shirts, or drawings are also successful at the UT Marketplace.

If we are having a drawing are we allowed to collect student contact information? Your organization may request directory information such as a student's name and telephone number for a drawing that will take place by the end of the day. Unless the means is also clearly presented as collection for a mailing list, all information gathered must be surrendered to a UT Marketplace staff member before your organization leaves the UT Marketplace event.

May we collect student contact information for a mailing list? Organizations may collect the directory information of willing participants provided that the means of collection is clearly presented as a mailing list. Participation in a drawing may not be dependent upon signing up for the mailing list.