Creating Startup Universities

General

Thank You for Participating in Startip University!

As of April 1st, we have closed Startup University to new submissions while we review and report back on the results. We will be contacting all of those who registered to vote on ideas, submitted ideas or made comments with the results of this project. You can also check back after April 15th or subscribe to the SBA’s blog for updates.
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Last year the Small Business Administration held a series of regional roundtables with accelerators and universities, and one of the major takeaways was that universities could use a dedicated forum to discuss best practices and build new connections between academia and startup entrepreneurs.

Based off this feedback, the SBA and Department of Commerce created Startup University as a forum for educators and entrepreneurs like you to vote, comment, add provide feedback, but we need your help!

  • Use our forum bellow and tell us what you are seeing:
  • Vote: Which initiatives stand out to you? Vote on your top 5 success stories and tell us if these programs should be replicated elsewhere.
  • Add Your Own– How you have promoted innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the community? What can be done to replicate your success, or learn from past mistakes?

How is your university promoting innovation and entrepreneurship?

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  1. Iowa Medical Innovation Group (IMIG)

    The University of Iowa's IMIG program provides interdisciplinary student teams from the colleges of engineering, medicine, law and business the opportunity to collaborate with top faculty and industry experts to innovate and advance new medical devices from conception to commercialization.

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    • Increasing the Pipeline of Women in Entrepreneurship: Hass/UC Berkley, George Washington and Syracuse.

      Developed in 2011 by Springworks and piloted at Haas/UC Berkeley, WE-Generation (WE-Gen) is a growing community of next generation women interested in entrepreneurship who actively work together to learn, support, and inspire.

      Using a campus based chapter model, participating students develop a charter for how they are organized that best fits their interests and Universities. The leaders of each University's WE Gen chapter, in coordination with their members, create and run programs that will help their entrepreneurial aspirations.

      Each chapter is meant to not only be a beacon for on campus women entrepreneurs but to provide them with a voice…

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      • Student Start - Connecting Student Entrepreneurs with Alumni Donors (http://uvmstart.org)

        The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) has made a Kickstarter for college students called Student Start. Student Start is a packaged crowdfunding platform used by universities and colleges to empower student entrepreneurs. From advice and connections, to mentoring and money, Student Start empowers entrepreneurship teams by providing a page that displays project videos to alumni of that university. It starts with a great idea, a student team, and a plan.

        Feel free to visit our pilot with the University of Vermont (http://uvmstart.org)

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        • VentureBoard: What's Stopping You? (Networking Resources)

          VentureBoard.co is an online platform to connect students on a given campus interested in starting a company. It provides tools to find students and resources as well as an all encompassing platform to organize your venture and connect with advisors.

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          • University of Illinois’ Patent Clinic

            University of Illinois’ Patent Clinic provides law students the opportunity to draft patent applications for student inventors. Student-innovators with potentially patentable inventions are referred to the Patent Clinic by the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) at the College of Engineering. The Patent Clinic then reviews the innovations, searches for relevant prior art, and selects one innovation for each law student. Each law student then proceeds to work with the inventors to draft a patent application on their innovation in consultation with an instructor.

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            • Federal Technology Accelerator Program

              Public Private Innovations is the nation’s first federal technology accelerator program focused on driving public value through private growth in the $180B annual technology public sector marketplace. Please have a look at our website at http://www.publicprivateinnovations.com/ to understand our services, brand, unique positioning and clear differentiation.

              We are looking to collaborate with US universities and industries in the public private innovations arena.

              6 votes
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              • University of Akron Innovation Practice Center

                The University of Akron has committed new university resources to a multi-million dollar Innovation Practice Center funded through the university’s strategic Achieving Distinction program. The center will hire scholar practitioners in support of regional economic development and will support cross-campus faculty and student engagement, as well as participation by community entrepreneurs and mentors to guide the faculty and student business teams.

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                • Washington University in St. Louis’ Paid Student Internships

                  Washington University in St. Louis’ student internship program offers 25 paid internships per summer for students to work in a start-up company four days a week and attend experience learning workshops one day a week.

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                  • IVY Tech Community College: Entrepreneurship Programs for Statewide Community College Systems

                    IVY Tech Community College in Bloomington IN pioneered the Entrepreneurship program for this statewide community college system. A collaboration between Gayle and Bill Cook founders of Cook Medical Devices and the Bloomington Campus.
                    “The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech's Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves”
                    http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship/

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                    • Middlebury College - Middlebury Entrepreneurs

                      The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) has created an undergraduate course based on Steve Blank's Customer Development class at Stanford. Taught at Middlebury College, students begin by reading "The Lean Startup," and before the first class students answer the following questions:

                      "Who is your customer? What problem are you solving? How much of a pain it is? What is your solution?"

                      Customer focus, combined with measures that force students to test their products with real people, makes for a class that produces confident and receptive entrepreneurs.

                      If you'd like to read more about the course, shoot VCET an email…

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                      • Protecting Intellectual Property- Cal Tech

                        California Institute of Technology
                        Caltech files a provisional patent application for every single invention disclosure that goes through their TTO. Over the first year following the filing of the provisional patent application, the TTO evaluates the technical and business merits of the invention to determine whether it is worth filing a regular patent application on the invention.

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                        • University of Akron Technology Commercialization Teams

                          The University of Akron is leading an effort to create an Ohio state-wide version of the highly successful NSF I-Corps program. Selected university research faculty and their graduate students are teamed with experienced mentors and receive funding and experiential training on technology commercialization. The program expands the perspective of research scholars, who want to gain an appreciation, as well as valuable knowledge and tools, for research and development that is focused on new and useful products and services. The Lean Launchpad training model is used in an eight-week program focused on identifying and providing customer solutions via technology commercialization.

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                          • University of Minnesota’s Medical Device Center’s Innovation Fellows Program

                            University of Minnesota’s Medical Device Center’s Innovation Fellows Program
                            This program offers a full immersion educational and product development program for medical device creation. Annual cross-functional teams are created with participants having degrees in engineering, medicine, and/or biosciences along with a demonstrated evidence of innovation and product development. Team members, or fellows, are immersed in an intense training program with access to first-class lab facilities in engineering and medical research across campus. The fellows interface daily with faculty, medical professionals, industry collaborators, and the university’s technology transfer office to develop, test, patent, and license new medical devices with the goal…

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                            • The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Entrepreneurial Deli”

                              The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Entrepreneurial Deli” borrows a food court metaphor to help students meet and learn from experienced young entrepreneurs.   Using the tag line “Grab ‘n Go Entrepreneurship” and a speed-dating-like format, the workshops encourage students to learn first-hand about solutions to different problems that confront startup ventures from experienced entrepreneurs.

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                              • The University of California at San Diego’s lab to market

                                The University of California at San Diego’s Rady School of Business requires its management students to take a course entitled “lab to market.” In Lab to Market, MBAs create new products or services and go through the commercialization process, with advice from faculty and business mentors.

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                                • Illinois Institute of Technology Venture Creation Program

                                  IIT's university-wide Entrepreneurship Minor is capped by the Summit Course, designed to provide students a hands-on, real world opportunity to identify, investigate and/or evaluate the suitability of a product or service. The activity will be to build your own team or join a small team, develop a prototype, engage customers/partners, and identify support and/or funding. Pilot versions of this program have already created sustaining companies.

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                                  About Startup-U


                                  Startup-U is nationwide initiative of 150+ colleges and universities committed to promoting entrepreneurship. On this website you can:

                                  (1) share the best practices your university uses to promote entrepreneurship on campus
                                  (2) share pro-innovation ideas you'd like universities to implement

                                  Feel free to submit ideas, comment and vote for the ideas you like!


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