Creating Startup Universities

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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.
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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!

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  • 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. 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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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • 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.

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                  • 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.

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                    • 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.

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                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • University of Rochester’s F.I.R.E. Series

                            University of Rochester’s F.I.R.E. Series is a regular lecture series designed to educate the university community about the many aspects of technology transfer, what it means to be an inventor, what every researcher should know in order to protect potential intellectual property rights, and the complexities of starting a business. This lecture series is run out of the University of Rochester Medical Center Office of Technology Transfer.

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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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