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. 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

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  2. Measuring how Start-ups succeed or fail early

    Why do entrepreneurial start-up business fail and what to do about it. I hear a lot of people talking about the start-up business failures and not about the start-up business successes. The big reason many new businesses fail is because know one is really measuring the start-up business after it has received the initial funding. Measuring a start-up businesses early progress is a very simple, yet no one is doing it. You see, a business is like anything else you start, you're going to make a few mistakes and you need to learn from those mistakes. Whenever we do business…

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  3. IVY Tech Community College: Entrepreneurship Programs for Statewide Community College Systems

    IVY Tech Community College in Bloomington IN pioneered the Entrepreneurship program for this statewide community college system. A collaboration between Gayle and Bill Cook founders of Cook Medical Devices and the Bloomington Campus.

    “The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech's Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves”
    http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship/

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Middlebury College - Middlebury Entrepreneurs

    The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) has created an undergraduate course based on Steve Blank's Customer Development class at Stanford. Taught at Middlebury College, students begin by reading "The Lean Startup," and before the first class students answer the following questions:

    "Who is your customer? What problem are you solving? How much of a pain it is? What is your solution?"

    Customer focus, combined with measures that force students to test their products with real people, makes for a class that produces confident and receptive entrepreneurs.

    If you'd like to read more about the course, shoot VCET an email…

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  7. 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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  8. University of Delaware's Fully Integrated Economic Development Organization

    The University of Delaware has formed a unique and fully integrated organization whose combined capabilities allow it to participate seamlessly in all facets of economic development that occur at the interface of the academic, public and private sectors. The Centers contained in the integrated organization, which is called The Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, include Small Business and Technology Development, Procurement and Technical Assistance, Technology Transfer, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Partnership Formation and Incubation.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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…

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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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  14. University of Akron Research Foundation

    The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) was established for the purpose of benefiting the regional community via sharing and reallocation of regional assets. UARF has led the greater university community in providing a full range of innovation support services including the development of capital, technology and human resources, as well as consolidating and providing facilities and equipment in support of innovation. UARF, in collaboration with the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, hosts an NSF sponsored i6 Proof of Concept Center.

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  15. University of Akron's Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory

    The University of Akron and the Timken Company established a model industry-university collaboration wherein a specialized corporate research team in engineered surfaces was transferred to The University of Akron with academic credentials to pursue expanded research and commercial development. The company sponsors continuing research at the University. Equipment and facilities were consolidated at the university and "stranded (non-strategic) technologies" within the Timken Company have become the basis for a new enterprise jointly owned by Timken and the University of Akron Research Foundation. The new company provides engineered surface solutions in new markets including medical devices, aerospace and selected defense applications.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

    The University of Akron along with three regional hospitals and the Northeast Ohio Medical University formed the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, which concentrates regional assets for innovation in medicine and sponsors teams to create solutions to identified medical challenges.

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  19. 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

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  20. The University of California, Irvine - Focus on Business Development

    The University of California, Irvine has focused on business development to export their technologies to the commercial space. By expanding our reach beyond local opportunities, we have expanded our partner base nationally in short time. Our blog, http://sites.uci.edu/uciota/, and other social media, have been effective in telling our story and creating partnerships.

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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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