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. Missouri KC- Whiteboard to Boardroom

    Missouri KC- Whiteboard to Boardroom
    This bi-state (Missouri and Kansas) partnership of regional colleges, universities, community colleges, local businesses, and nonprofits seeks to discover and develop technology by pulling it out of the institutions and actively moving it along the development pathway. Through this program, students, faculty, and local community work to establish new business ventures, licensing opportunities, create jobs, and spur economic development through mentoring, job training, hands on learning opportunities, and access to capital funds. Through the collaborative effort, partnerships are expanded to form and encourage technology growth and business plan development for the local economy.

    420 votes
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    • Students for Startups

      Vision
      Contribute to sustainable net job growth by lowering the barriers to connecting burgeoning businesses with local talent and free support, enhancing their mutual strength with improved resources.

      Value
      Strengthening workforce development, job creation and placement creates healthier communities. Removing barriers to resources for startups and micro businesses will help them create and sustain jobs. Giving students more opportunities to work and train with startups and micros in diverse industries will better prepare our workforce. Furthering research will improve sustainable net job creation strategies. Success will be measured by participation rates, participant feedback, and direct measurement of participant job creation…

      48 votes
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      • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs

        The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs houses the TVL Accelerator which partners graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin studying Business, Law, Engineering and the Sciences with start-ups to solve fundamental business problems.

        In three years, the TVL Accelerator has worked with 53 companies and 144 students. Our companies have raised over $45 million and two out of three students go on to either found or work at a start-up.

        This model could likely be duplicated at other major universities to similar effect

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        • Partner w people/companies who know business; who have actually started & managed a successful business for yrs. Could partner w/ Univ.

          Fund the experienced businesses to teach other businesses / startups / students on how to achieve their goals. It would need to be organized depending on the industry (e.g., federal contracting is different from manufacturing) because there are many elements involved and requires in-depth practice, including but not limited to operations, finance, HR, project management, contracts, IP, and, IT, compliance requirements. Also, focus on growing small businesses that are still in business after three yrs and above $1M revenue.

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          • Tulane University’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives- Georgetown University's HOYA Challenge Commercial & Social Ventures

            Tulane University’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives integrates the entire school with the surrounding economic and social ecosystem, contributing to local economic development. Partnering with all schools including the AB Freeman School of Business, School of Architecture, and School of Science and Engineering, the program has created many student-led organizations and social ventures that assist with moving students out of the classroom and into the New Orleans Community. Tulane has also created several university competitions including the Tulane Business Plan Competition, the Urban Innovation Challenge, PitchNOLA, and the NewDay Social Innovation Challenge to engage students and community partners with local…

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            • Merrimack Valley Sandbox

              The Merrimack Valley Sandbox’s Campus Catalyst program provides small grants of up to $500 for students of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Merrimack College, Middlesex Community College, and Northern Essex Community College to start entrepreneurial projects off-campus and in their communities.

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              • University of Kansas’ RedTire: Linking Graduate Students with Alumni

                University of Kansas’ RedTire initiative was developed to help link graduate students and alumni with struggling, local small/medium-sized businesses to prevent shuttering with ensuing loss of community services and tax base. Through this collaborative effort, businesses are able to receive support and mentorship to grow the business and employ more fellow Kansans.

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                • University of Nebraska Medical Center- Entrepreneur in Residence

                  University of Nebraska Medical Center- Entrepreneur in Residence
                  The EIR works with licensing staff and researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to help identify, evaluate, develop, and support the creation of business plans and new companies based on technology developed at UNMC. The EIR is an industry expert with scientific, entrepreneurial, managerial, and financial experience who works side by side with UNMC scientists to identify, evaluate, and support the development of new start-up companies based on technology license agreements from UNeMed.

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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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