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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Protecting Intellectual Property- Cal Tech

    California Institute of Technology
    Caltech files a provisional patent application for every single invention disclosure that goes through their TTO. Over the first year following the filing of the provisional patent application, the TTO evaluates the technical and business merits of the invention to determine whether it is worth filing a regular patent application on the invention.

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  4. Cornell IP&Pizza™ and IP&Pasta™

    Cornell IP&Pizza™ and IP&Pasta™ host outreach activities to Cornell faculty, research staff, and students. The goal of these activities is to increase appreciation of the importance of making university research results useful to society, providing a basic knowledge and understanding of intellectual property issues, and creating an awareness of capturing and protecting valuable intellectual property and its importance to entice potential industry partners. This and other similar programs are run through Cornell’s Center for Technology and Enterprise and Commercialization.

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  5. University of Rochester’s F.I.R.E. Series

    University of Rochester’s F.I.R.E. Series is a regular lecture series designed to educate the university community about the many aspects of technology transfer, what it means to be an inventor, what every researcher should know in order to protect potential intellectual property rights, and the complexities of starting a business. This lecture series is run out of the University of Rochester Medical Center Office of Technology Transfer.

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  6. UNC Chapel Hill’s Office of Technology Development (OTD)

    UNC Chapel Hill’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) internship program is an eight-month position for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who wish to learn more about intellectual property protection and technology commercialization. The internship runs during the academic year and requires 8 to 12 hours a week, during which the interns participate in a formal training series covering the basics of technology transfer, market assessments, and direct marketing for select technologies. Interns also gain exposure to ongoing negotiations between the OTD and industry partners.

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  7. California Institute of Technology- Technology Reviews for Investors

    California Institute of Technology
    The university runs a comprehensive “tech review” process for faculty, in which Caltech researchers have the opportunity to give a short presentation on a new and promising technology for commercialization to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurial alumni. A roundtable discussion then takes place where investors provide feedback and advice on commercial development potential of the technology.

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  8. 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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  9. Supporting collaboration- University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI)

    The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI)
    The University’s non-profit allows local, national, and international industries to partner with expert faculty and students performing sponsored research. These partnerships not only connect university experts with industry, but also facilitate the commercialization of research, and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences and opportunities. With the creation of the foundation outside the university, professors and other state employees remain in compliance with state restrictions on equity and revenues streams, while allowing them to be compensated for their work through income from licensing revenues and other shares.

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  10. Purdue University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community (ELC)

    Purdue University has an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community (ELC) that is made up of students interested in new business ventures who live together in Harrison Hall, many of whom also participate in the entrepreneurship certificate program.

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  11. University of Florida’s Inspiration Hall

    University of Florida’s Inspiration Hall is a new, state-of-the-art live-and-learn community located within Innovation Square, only two blocks from the University of Florida and the Florida Innovation Hub. By living and learning within the Innovation Square environment, undergraduate students can interact throughout their academic program with other like-minded people: fellow students, researchers, faculty, business professionals and entrepreneurs.

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. The University of California at San Diego’s lab to market

    The University of California at San Diego’s Rady School of Business requires its management students to take a course entitled “lab to market.” In Lab to Market, MBAs create new products or services and go through the commercialization process, with advice from faculty and business mentors.

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  16. Washington University in St. Louis’ Paid Student Internships

    Washington University in St. Louis’ student internship program offers 25 paid internships per summer for students to work in a start-up company four days a week and attend experience learning workshops one day a week.

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  17. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Entrepreneurial Deli”

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Entrepreneurial Deli” borrows a food court metaphor to help students meet and learn from experienced young entrepreneurs.   Using the tag line “Grab ‘n Go Entrepreneurship” and a speed-dating-like format, the workshops encourage students to learn first-hand about solutions to different problems that confront startup ventures from experienced entrepreneurs.

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  18. University of Illinois’ Patent Clinic

    University of Illinois’ Patent Clinic provides law students the opportunity to draft patent applications for student inventors. Student-innovators with potentially patentable inventions are referred to the Patent Clinic by the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) at the College of Engineering. The Patent Clinic then reviews the innovations, searches for relevant prior art, and selects one innovation for each law student. Each law student then proceeds to work with the inventors to draft a patent application on their innovation in consultation with an instructor.

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  19. Innovation and Entrepreneur Degree Program

    The University of Colorado’s Innovation and Entrepreneur Degree Program is located at the Colorado Springs campus, this program offers a Bachelor’s degree in Innovation (B.I.), which provides a unique multi-disciplinary team approach. For example, in addition to completing classes in computer science, a B.I. in Computer Science requires students to develop strong team skills, study innovation, engage in entrepreneurship, practice proposal writing, and learn business and intellectual property law.

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  20. Entrepreneurs in Residence

    The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, would allow visiting entrepreneurs to teach classes and serve as advisers to the universities on a rotating basis. They would directly interact with students interested in entrepreneurship via classes, workshops and mentoring sessions. They would collaborate with university administrators, using their real-world expertise to advise universities on startup promotion.

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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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