Creating Startup Universities

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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!

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  • 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. Hold business competitions

    Universities can encourage startups through business plan competitions. This creates a startup-friendly campus culture and gives much-needed seed funding to winning businesses. For example, Howard University awards $5,000-$10,000 to its business plan competition winners.

    Winning proposals could also be segued into incubator and/or accelerator programs to increase the startups’ possibilities for success.

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    • University of Oregon’s Venture Launch Pathway program

      University of Oregon’s Venture Launch Pathway program, student teams pick from technologies from many sources included federal labs, companies, universities and technologies from other countries.  The technologies that look most promising are advanced by student teams, with backgrounds in law, business, and sciences, into the international business competition circuit.

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      • University of Wisconsin's 100 hour challenge

        The University of Wisconsin has a 100 hour challenge in which students must purchase a product, change it, and create a public URL for outreach. They are then tested on many different aspects of entrepreneurship.

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        • USC and UVA: Faculty Research Awards + Innovation for Tenure

          University of Southern California
          The university promotes faculty entrepreneurship and innovation by supporting, rewarding, and funding the work of faculty members. The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies presents three faculty members with research grants totaling $11,000 as part of annual Faculty Research Awards. The Center also rewards entrepreneurial-minded faculty with the annual Greif Research Impact Award, which is given to the faculty member who has written an article that has the most effect on the area of entrepreneurship.

          University of Virginia
          In 2010, UVA’s School of Medicine was among the first to include innovation and entrepreneurship activities among its…

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          • Michigan Technology University

            Michigan Technology University’s business plan competition winners are rewarded with a monetary prize that goes directly to their business, instead of to the individual. The following year, the winners will highlight their business milestones that have resulted from the funding.

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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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