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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Lorain County Community College Foundation's Innovation Fund


    1. Lorain County Community College, The University of Akron, and 10 other regional institutions and collaborators sponsor the Innovation Fund, a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses. The fund provides awards of up to $100,000 to promising technology-based start-ups located or willing to locate within Northeast Ohio. Awards help early-stage entrepreneur's progress through the business development continuum by providing resources to validate the technology or prove the business model. Recipients are required to provide an entrepreneurial educational opportunity for students.

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  4. 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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  5. University of Akron Technology Commercialization Teams

    The University of Akron is leading an effort to create an Ohio state-wide version of the highly successful NSF I-Corps program. Selected university research faculty and their graduate students are teamed with experienced mentors and receive funding and experiential training on technology commercialization. The program expands the perspective of research scholars, who want to gain an appreciation, as well as valuable knowledge and tools, for research and development that is focused on new and useful products and services. The Lean Launchpad training model is used in an eight-week program focused on identifying and providing customer solutions via technology commercialization.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  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. 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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  16. 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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  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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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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

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