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?
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  1. 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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  2. Growing Existing Small Business

    Small business owners entrepreneurs are having difficulty in growing their businesses. I suggest a collaboration between Industry, Government and Universities to develop measurable programs with accountability in mind that can benefit all parties. Since everyone is saying small business is the engine of our economy, why not help them.

    105 votes
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  3. 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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  4. Expanding TTOs level of support

    Utah State University
    The university’s Intellectual Property (IP) Services unit within Commercial Enterprises helps USU faculty and staff manage and protect intellectual property. IP service managers work and assist USU and USURF researchers to identify, disclose, protect, and commercialize USU intellectual property. IP Services includes two IP attorneys, one registered patent agent, one paralegal and one docket manager.

    University of Toledo
    The “Lab-to-Launch” initiative partners UT’s technology transfer team with Rocket Ventures LLC, a pre-seed fund, to accelerate the transfer of research to the market. The team works closely with research faculty to identify and promote high-potential platform technologies and…

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  5. University of Minnesota’s IPrime-Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering

    University of Minnesota’s IPrime (Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering) was created in 2000 and is a university/industry partnership based on two-way knowledge transfer. The partnership is a consortium of more than 40 companies supporting fundamental collaborative research on materials. Participation in IPrime affords companies the chance to scan a wide range of scientific and technological developments and delve into the fundamental science that undergirds their products. A principal goal of IPrime is the engagement of industrial scientists and engineers in a pre-competitive, non-proprietary and collaborative environment that promotes hands-on participation by visiting industrial scientists with IPrime…

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  6. Texas State’s RampCorp

    Texas State’s RampCorp program works to improve economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Texas. Women entrepreneurs receive coaching from experienced investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders to learn about resources and opportunities. The RampCorp program includes both skills and knowledge training to provide guidance in starting, growing, and funding scalable companies.

    340 votes
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  7. Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH)

    University of California, Berkeley has students from its Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) work in the community with underprivileged East Bay and Bay Area youth to share best practices in entrepreneurship, a passion for education, and to help high school students in the area pursue a college education.

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    4 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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…

    51 votes
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  12. Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint

    Georgia Tech’s– Flashpoint
    Flashpoint is a startup accelerator that offers entrepreneurial education and access to experienced mentors, experts, and investors in an immersive, shared-learning, and open workspace. The program, the first public-private partnership of its type in the country, brings together resources from the university, private secto, and startup leaders to accelerate innovation and growth. A $1 million fund, created by an investment firm working with Atlanta angel investors, invests between $15,000 and $25,000 in startup funds a company. In January 2011, Flashpoint held its first “demo day” with 15 startups from the initial Flashpoint group that included Georgia Tech…

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  13. University of Michigan’s Business Engagement Center (BEC)

    University of Michigan’s Business Engagement Center (BEC)
    The BEC, affiliated with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of University Development, provides companies with a one-stop gateway to the various research, technology, education, facilities, and talent resources at U-M. Founded in 2007, the BEC maintains relationships with more than 1,000 companies, and is contacted by about 200 new companies each year. BEC-facilitated relationships can range from individual research projects to broader engagements, depending on the business need. One of the functions of the BEC is to work with schools and departments to encourage industry sponsorship of…

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  14. 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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  15. University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnership (OEIP)

    University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnership (OEIP)
    OEIP has established partnerships with The College of Engineering and the Lerner College of Business to establish a program entitled Spin In™. The program works with local entrepreneurs who ‘spin in’ a technology, patent, or product that needs further development. OEIP then recruits an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate students from the business and engineering colleges to further develop the product. At the end of a pre-determined period of time, the intent is to spin the product back out to the entrepreneur for potential commercialization. OEIP also offers undergraduate and graduate…

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  16. Sharing resources and knowledge- Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

    Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

    CU-ICAR is an advanced-technology research campus where university, industry, and government organizations collaborate. In the university’s labs and testing facilities, automotive, motorsports, aerospace, and mobility experts work together on R&D. The Center’s focus on applied education and direct engagement with industry leaders provides cutting-edge curriculum development and research capabilities focused on current trends and related issues in the automotive industry. Partners, such as BMW®, Michelin®, and Koyo® work, with students and faculty to focus on systems engineering through automotive R&D.

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  17. University of Texas South: Technology Transfer Centers

    University of Texas South Texas Technology Management Center
    South Texas Technology Management (STTM) is a regional technology transfer office affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

    It provides a host of services for regional institutions such as support on grant applications, patenting, and commercialization. Through the collaborative efforts STTM has built a portfolio of technologies and projects to take to push ideas to the next level. The Horizon fund provides $10 million to spin off companies created using University of Texas technology.

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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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
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