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?
  • Hot ideas
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  • My feedback
  1. 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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  2. Student Venture Funds: Stanford Start-X, North Dakota Venture Group, University of Akron

    The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation fosters hands on learning through Mueller Entrepreneur Internships (funding students to start a venture) and the Dakota Venture Group, the nation's first fully student run venture fund where the students need to source deals, screen, conduct due diligence, negotiate investment terms, syndicated with angel funds and other investors, close deals, manage portfolio, and arrange for exits. They work closely with nine area angel funds. They also invest in student ventures. More than 100 students have participated so far in this vibrant entrepreneur and angel investor ecosystem.

    Student Venture Fund at The University…

    32 votes
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  3. Barbara Glazer Weinstein and Jerome S. Glazer Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Learning Community

    Got an idea? The Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Learning Community at Syracuse University is an idea laboratory! CIE is open to students from any major who have the energy and drive to implement an idea.

    6 votes
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  4. Syracuse Center of Excellence

    Syracuse Center of Excellence engages collaborators at 200+ companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources. Our members conduct targeted research, demonstrate new technologies, commercialize innovations, and educate the workforce

    3 votes
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  5. Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellows at Syracuse University

    Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellows (KEEF) student at Syracuse University receive mentorship, space, and a year of graduate tuition at SU while working on their venture. The KEEF program is for any student who would like to start a for-profit or non-profit venture in Central New York after graduation.

    9 votes
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  6. New York State Science & Technology Law Center

    The mission of the NYS STLC at Syracuse University is to assist and provide information to New York's Centers for Advanced Technology, Strategically Targeted Academic Research Centers, Advanced Research Centers, Centers of Excellence, Generating Employment Through New York Science Centers (collectively, “Research Centers”) and startup and early stage technology companies as they develop and market new technologies and seek to compete in the high technology marketplace. To this end, the NYS STLC advises the Research Centers, NYSTAR, academic institutions, and other public and private stakeholders on a wide range of technology-related legal issues, including the protection and commercialization of intellectual…

    2 votes
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  7. Syracuse's South Side Innovation Center- University and Community Partnership

    The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) is a partnership between Syracuse and Syracuse University. SSIC provides services and facilities to current and emerging entrepreneurs,– all in an energized environment of entrepreneurial activity. SSIC’s mission is to increase the strength and size of the area economy by helping a diverse group of emerging and mature businesses reach their potential size and profitability

    1 vote
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  8. Near West Side Initiative

    Syracuse and the SALT District are in the heart of “New York’s Creative Core,” dubbed that because of its long history of innovation and creativity. This region has been the cradle of social and artistic movements (such as the Women’s Movement and Arts & Crafts Movement) and the home to hundreds of well-known artists, writers, musicians, and innovators. The NWSI is a partnership between Syracuse and Syracuse University to provide economic development and support entrepreneurship.

    2 votes
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  9. Syracuse University: Raymond von Dran IDEA Sandbox & Entrepreneurship Accelerator

    The RvD IDEA at Syracuse University supports student entrepreneurs to start new ventures that provide economic growth. It includes courses and an academic minor at Syracuse University, the RvD IDEA Student Sandbox incubator in partnership with the Syracuse Technology Garden, the RvD IDEA Awards to seed student ventures, and the RvD IDEA student connectors which organize activities and events for student entrepreneurs.

    32 votes
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  10. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

    The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. EBV was founded at Syracuse University in 2007.

    45 votes
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  11. 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.

    315 votes
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  12. Become Globally Competitive: Take a Geographically Unbound Approach to Commercialization

    Over the last decade, Larta has developed and deployed a start-up entrepreneurial education and assistance platform across the globe. This “Network-Centric” approach to enterprise development takes a geographically unbound approach that enhances the global competitiveness of start-ups.

    Such an approach aggregates the best global resources drawn from domain and functional experts and professionals working in marketing, branding, research, law and other relevant areas. These resources are tailored to the unique needs of individual innovators, and are served up “just in time”, truly aligned with the breakneck pace of commerce courtesy of the Web, the demand for externally-developed innovations and the…

    57 votes
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  13. Butler Venture Accelerator Program at Babson College

    Outside the classroom, Babson students live entrepreneurship through the comprehensive John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program which is the result of faculty and staff working together to define a framework that provides access to resources for student and alumni entrepreneurs to move their business ideas forward. The resources available through the program include workshops on a wide range of topic areas, workspace and advising/mentoring. Each level has one or more faculty advisors who are experienced entrepreneurs. These faculty teach one or more entrepreneurship courses at Babson, so the advice they provide is consistent with the content delivered…

    893 votes
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  14. 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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  15. AREA48 Innovation Spaces

    Project Goal
    To advance high-growth entrepreneurs and new product development in regions hardest hit by the global economic crisis in order to accelerate economic recovery, growth and job creation.

    Project Overview
    ASU’s Applied Regional Economic Action 48 (AREA48) will pilot a new model for educating and supporting early-stage entrepreneurs by utilizing a hands-on, “pracademic approach” to create new markets, products, start-ups and jobs. By fostering deep collaboration among diverse entrepreneurial stakeholders, AREA48 will help to streamline existing entities to create a more inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. AREA48 is designed to supplement higher education with a hands-on, real-world-application method of…

    14 votes
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  16. ASU creates Alexandria Network to create and support co-working spaces in libraries

    Alexandria Network – Democratizing Entrepreneurship

    The Alexandria Network is one of the ‘new ideas’ projects from ASU’s Venture Catalyst unit, along with the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator. The Alexandria Network is designed to provide support for the innovation economy within designated libraries, eventually creating a network of locations across the greater Phoenix area and then across the state of Arizona.

    These new locations, called EUREKA spaces, will combine elements of the now popular co-working spaces, along with expert library fact-finding services, and ASU startup resources, into one designated place that innovators and entrepreneurs can use on a daily basis to…

    28 votes
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  17. Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization

    What is an army’s strategic plan without its infantry to implement it? It is but an idea on a piece of paper, with no tangible results; no achievements. The infiltration and reconnaissance efforts of the infantry are a contribution to a greater purpose: advancement and long-term success. The Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization (LIINC) program at West Virginia University executes WVU’s 2020 Strategic Plan in the trenches, actively facilitating increased and improved collaboration between WVU faculty researchers, graduate students and the private sector marketplace. LIINC has engaged university faculty and administrators, established corporate relationships, provided new support for research faculty,…

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  18. A.I.T.S. American Indian Trade skills

    A combation of classrom and on the job training to teach students to design and build passive solar homes on reservations

    8 votes
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  19. Teach courses in how to sell so grads, startups and entrepreneurs can successfully acquire paying customers

    Colleges do not teach the very pragmatic skill universally needed - how to sell. Why not?

    That's not marketing BTW, that's going out and knowing how to use the sales process to acquire paying customers B2B, B2C. And no, retail is not the selling I am referring to. Its also knowing How to Acquire Paying Customers online w/o competition via target audience specific social media groups & discussions.

    Why has this critical business skill been ignored in college offerings? Enough theory and analysis, lets teach folks how to go out and grow business so they can survive and thrive. For…

    68 votes
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  20. 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

    77 votes
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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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