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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.

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. Create Incubators on Campus

    Universities can greatly increase the chances of startup success by incubating these new companies. Universities can provide free/low-cost workspace and services to student businesses, reducing early hassle for startups and allowing them to focus on meaningful growth.

    26 votes

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  2. Hold business competitions

    Universities can encourage startups through business plan competitions. This creates a startup-friendly campus culture and gives much-needed seed funding to winning businesses. For example, Howard University awards $5,000-$10,000 to its business plan competition winners.

    Winning proposals could also be segued into incubator and/or accelerator programs to increase the startups’ possibilities for success.

    9 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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