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. 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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  2. 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.

    13 votes
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  3. 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…

    13 votes
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  4. 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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  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. 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.

    8 votes
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  7. 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.

    8 votes
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  8. 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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  9. CleanzoNE - Cleantech Innovation Community Connector in New England - http://cleanzone.cleantechinnovations.org/

    Ultimately will become a cross between Linkedin and Match.com for the cleantech early-stage innovation community. Open to all players in the cleantech ecosystem; easy no-cost sign-up process to request to join.

    This on-line community designed to connect all parties in the early-stage cleantech innovation community across the six state region. Helping entrepreneurs find in-place infrastructure and service providers, making connections with mentors & coaches, consolidating funding opportunities, and providing visibility of entrepreneurial activity to corporate "strategic" parties and investment community players that may be interested in funding, joint development or early customer engagement.

    CleanzoNE is an alternative vehicle to accelerate…

    7 votes
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  10. Student Startup Inc.

    We’re building a cross-campus entrepreneurship community at MSU Denver to help students startup.

    What we do for new for new ventures:

    Coach ventures through the process of ideation and development.
    Connect ventures with resources they can use.
    Creation of investment-ready student ventures culminating in Demo Day

    MSU Denver attracts students who are from all over the globe who are geared towards advancing their professional careers, many of them have an entrepreneurial mindset that drives them to understand how to create sustainable businesses. It was this entrepreneurial spirit that led to the initial creation of Student Startup.

    Developed by a MSU…

    7 votes
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  11. 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.

    7 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    5 votes
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  15. Proven six-week intensive mentor/training workshop ending with new small business up-and-running. Extraneous academic "fluff" eliminated

    Practical-proven six-week mentoring/training INTENSIVE copyrighted workshop resulting with new small business up-and-running. Named "From Concept to Startup and Beyond" [C-S-B] "no academic 'fluff' " boiled-down basics. B = continuing requested one-topic follow on trainings - graduates networked into continuing interaction groups. Original implementation 2005-present for young-unemployed populations in the Middle East & North Africa. Now offered for the young unemployed college graduates in North America; also for older and wise seniors. Carefully in process of choosing three practical leading-edge community colleges as partners. We train trainers as well. "We don't just talk it -we prove it AND measure our results."…

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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    4 votes
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  18. University of Akron Innovation Practice Center

    The University of Akron has committed new university resources to a multi-million dollar Innovation Practice Center funded through the university’s strategic Achieving Distinction program. The center will hire scholar practitioners in support of regional economic development and will support cross-campus faculty and student engagement, as well as participation by community entrepreneurs and mentors to guide the faculty and student business teams.

    4 votes
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  19. 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.

    4 votes
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  20. 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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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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