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?

How is your university promoting innovation and entrepreneurship?

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  1. Tulane University’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives- Georgetown University's HOYA Challenge Commercial & Social Ventures

    Tulane University’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives integrates the entire school with the surrounding economic and social ecosystem, contributing to local economic development. Partnering with all schools including the AB Freeman School of Business, School of Architecture, and School of Science and Engineering, the program has created many student-led organizations and social ventures that assist with moving students out of the classroom and into the New Orleans Community. Tulane has also created several university competitions including the Tulane Business Plan Competition, the Urban Innovation Challenge, PitchNOLA, and the NewDay Social Innovation Challenge to engage students and community partners with local…

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    • 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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      • 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.

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        • 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…

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            0 comments  ·  Reaching Underserved Communities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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            • 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…

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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Experiential Learning Opportunities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

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                  • 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

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                    • 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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                      • 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.

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                        • 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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                          • 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…

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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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.

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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • Illinois Institute of Technology Venture Creation Program

                                          IIT's university-wide Entrepreneurship Minor is capped by the Summit Course, designed to provide students a hands-on, real world opportunity to identify, investigate and/or evaluate the suitability of a product or service. The activity will be to build your own team or join a small team, develop a prototype, engage customers/partners, and identify support and/or funding. Pilot versions of this program have already created sustaining companies.

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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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