Creating Startup Universities

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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. Lorain County Community College Foundation's Innovation Fund

    2. Lorain County Community College, The University of Akron, and 10 other regional institutions and collaborators sponsor the Innovation Fund, a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses. The fund provides awards of up to $100,000 to promising technology-based start-ups located or willing to locate within Northeast Ohio. Awards help early-stage entrepreneur's progress through the business development continuum by providing resources to validate the technology or prove the business model. Recipients are required to provide an entrepreneurial educational opportunity for students.

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    • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

      University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is a nonprofit organization that started as a funding center from alumni contributions. Today, WARF raises funds through licensing university research and technologies to companies for commercialization. The funds generated are used to fund research, build facilities, purchase equipment, and support faculty and student fellowships.

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      • University of Colorado System’s TTO Proof of Concept (POC)

        University of Colorado System’s TTO Proof of Concept (POC) programs are supported by income generated from the commercialization of CU intellectual property. The CU TTO has created, and supports, POC funding opportunities for university research and business development. To date, TTO’s POC programs have involved over 110 projects and more than $13 million in total funding.

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        • University of Minnesota’s Internal Business Units (IBUs)

          University of Minnesota’s Internal Business Units (IBUs) program has developed an incubator space to help mature and launch early-stage technologies. IBUs address a small number of technologies that are nearly market ready but need some limited investment and early sales in order to be more attractive as startup opportunities. IBUs are an effective way to incubate those technologies in a business setting where they receive support from the university through seed funding and resources. IBUs are not a mechanism for bridging a broad “valley of death,” or incubating technologies that will require a long period of development or significant seed…

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          • Emory University’s Drug Innovation at Emory (DRIVE)

            Emory University’s Drug Innovation at Emory (DRIVE) is a non-profit drug development company separate from, but wholly owned by, the university. DRIVE expands the capabilities of traditional academic drug discovery by combining the expertise of Emory scientists with industry drug development experts.

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            • Akron Regional Change Angel (ARCHAngel)

              University of Akron’s Akron Regional Change Angel (ARCHAngel) Network is a regional forum for introducing investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities. It brings together promising technology companies and angel investors with a particular focus on businesses that leverage the region’s strengths in healthcare, information technologies, polymers, and other advanced materials.

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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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