ACCESS

Apply for rent-free furnished offices with many 8-foot white boards or access to coworking space. Enjoy 24-7-365 secure ID Card access. Free use of large kitchen with Keurig coffee maker, air ice machine, refrigerator, microwave and Red Bull cooler. Free parking by entrance. Free use of large conference room with 8-foot white board, seating for 18; two 60" TVs with Skype setups; and Polycom conferencing with microphones. Free business address says "legit". Obligatory ping-pong table!

PERKS

Free WIFI and cloud-hosting up to $100,000 annually from Softlayer, Google, Microsoft or Amazon. Free developer tools from Microsoft Azure or IBM BlueMix. Free legal services from pro bono attorneys with the Texas A&M School of Law and also at prominent law firms like Michael Best, Andrews Kurth, Duane Morris, Wilson Sonsini and Norton Rose. Free accounting and marketing support. Reduced-fee graphics and animation services. Free use of coworking space. No lease, no hassle!

MENTORS

Our mentors "Make it Happen"! With 100 dedicated and "on-call" mentors, subject matter experts, award-winning faculty, CEOs/CFOs, Young Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and other highly-qualified mentors in our stable, Startup Aggieland offers unrivaled networking and influence. Two affiliated investment funds, an on-site angel group and proximity to a global Tier One, Top Ten Research Institution means our startups can leverage public and private resources worldwide!

LOCATION

Conveniently located at Texas A&M University's Innovation District in the scenic Research Park, Startup Aggieland occupies 5,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space in the Caldwell/Schlumberger Building. Our offices overlook a small lake with hiking trails, BBQ pits and a Frisbee Golf Course. No personal transportation? No problem. Startup Aggieland is on the Shuttle Bus 5 (Bush Library) route and features a covered bus stop in front of our facility. Free year-round surface parking for office tenants.

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Startup Aggieland is a facility operated by the McFerrin Center For Entrepreneurship (MCE) at Mays Business School. A globally-recognized, award-winning, job creation program disguised as a multidisciplinary business incubator and accelerator, Startup Aggieland was founded by three colleges, represented by four faculty members, one administrator and a dozen undergraduates. Startup Aggieland also offers free office and coworking space as well as free parking and WIFI. In 2017, we will add a makerspace within our facility. Startup Aggieland's Incubator program is faculty-driven while our Accelerator program is mentor-driven. Access to the McFerrin Mentor Network and our 12 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence is a key value of participation.

Startup Aggieland was ranked at #14 among the Top 20 in GUST's 2016 Global Accelerator Report, released internationally on August 1, 2017. A testimony to the American Dream, our programs accept early-stage entrepreneurs and client companies that want to change the world and create value where none previously existed. Students, staff and faculty -- as well as former students -- are eligible to apply for mentoring and resources at Startup Aggieland. Applications for our Accelerator are competitive and may require satisfactory completion of our Lean Startup program.

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ACADEMIC PARTNERS

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A CAREER CHOICE

Where will your entrepreneurial journey take you?

Take the road less traveled.

THE MCFERRIN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Since 1999, the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship) has served as the hub of entrepreneurship for Texas A&M University. MCE provides courses, training, networking and resources for enterprising students, faculty, veterans, former students and corporate executives.

CONNECT VIRTUALLY THROUGH Blackstone LaunchPad at Texas A&M University

With Blackstone LaunchPad at TAMU, you're just an ID swipe away from access to an international social network for entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and resource providers. Student Venture Coaches manage a mobile office that pops up around campus and operate a Studio Office in Koldus, for peer-to-peer mentoring. 

University / Post Oak Mall Collaboratory (UPC) WITH STARTUP AGGIELAND

Startup Aggieland's UPC is a "popup" retail incubator -- the first Retail Incubator in our state. In partnership with Mays Business School's Center for Retailing Studies and CBL Management in Waco, owner of Post Oak Mall, the UPC opened in June 2015 with our client Lynx Toys, which has since sold more than 25,000 pool noodle connectors. 

GET PLUGGED IN AS A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS ORGANIZATION (C-E-O) AT TAMU

A recognized Texas A&M University student organization, membership in C-E-O connects students to more than 250 chapters worldwide under a brand that is globally recognized. Among the top two chapters nationally, C-E-O membership offers leadership opportunities, online resources, networking and trips to conferences.  

3-DAY STARTUP / TEXAS A&M POWERED BY MCE AND LOCATED AT STARTUP AGGIELAND

Want to explore entrepreneurship in one weekend? Nearly 12,000 students have participated in a 3DS weekend launch at 115 schools in 30 countries -- raising $89 million in startup funding. Offered each fall and spring at Startup Aggieland by a MCE student leadership team, 3DS is free for all students and occasionally faculty by application. 

STARTUP AGGIELAND SEED FUND STUDENT VETTED & MANAGED WITH OVERSIGHT BY MCE

Student-vetted, the Seed Fund offers non-dilutive grants for student ventures. No limit on how many times a student may apply. No reporting requirements. Startup Aggieland requires no equity or IP ownership in return.

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  • Academically-eligible TAMU students
  • Proven commitment to the company
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Startup Aggieland also operates a 44-bed Startup Living Learning Community and Dormcubator for freshmen, powered by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

Located in Hullabaloo Hall until 2018, our Dormcubator features "Fireside Chats" by startup founders ranging from students to successful serial entrepreneurs. Award-winning faculty with our academic partners also frequently conduct informal chats. In 2018, our Dormcubator moves to the Innovation District and White Creek Apartments. 

Our two-semester, multidisciplinary program requires freshmen to enroll in the one-hour MGMT 261: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Part 1 & Part 2, which meets weekly at Startup Aggieland in the Think Tank. Our fall class explores the local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem and participates in free pitch competitions on a local, regional and national level. The first semester program requires participation in either 3-Day Startup or other competitions, including Food+City Challenge Prize; Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Elevator Pitch Competition; and AggiesInvent. Freshmen may participate in a tour of Patagonia in Venture, California; tours of Google, RetailMeNot, Capital Factory, IBM, Outbound Engine, Facebook, Uber, Rackspace, Geekdom or other successful startups. 

Students may be required to participate in Raymond Ideas Challenge, powered by MCE; and/or the Lean Launch program at Startup Aggieland. Students lead activities with the local chapter of Lemonade Day and other business philanthropies supported by Startup Aggieland. Students have the opportunity to attend an Aggie Angel Network investor meeting and participate in free pitch coaching with a Shark Tank Pitch Coach.

Startup LLC benefits include:

  • Free 24-7-365 ID Card access to Startup Aggieland!
  • Free Startup Aggieland T-Shirts, laptop decals, etc.!
  • Free peer-mentoring & tutoring during office hours!
  • Free access to investors, experts, mentors and CEOs!

 

Startup LLC students have won several times at AggiesInvent,  including the Grand Prize in the SXSW 2017 AggiesInvent. Our freshmen also won the Aggie Engineering Showcase in 2015 and the People's Choice Award for Food+City Challenge Prize in 2016. Startup LLC students earned 2nd place in CEO's National Elevator Pitch Competition 2016, won the Grand Challenges Challenge in 2017 and swept 70% of the 2016 Raymond Ideas Challenge Awards.

Startup LLC students also have qualified for free trips to Los Angeles and Chicago as regional qualifiers in Princeton University's TigerLaunch Challenge, as well as a free trip to Silicon Valley to attend Startup Grind Global Conference, tour successful startups and meet VCs like Tim Draper.

Startup LLC students have received free trips to The National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York City; CEO's International Conference in Orlando and Kansas City; Entrepreneur Magazine's Circular Summit; and to Los Angeles for TigerLaunch. Freshmen also participated for free at Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday conferences in Dallas, Houston and Austin. They also were invited to the 12th Anniversary Gala for MCE's Aggie 100.

Our freshmen gain real-world insight, exclusive access to CEOs and CFOs, like Michael Descheneaux, Lowry Mays and Graham Weston; and acquire specialized knowledge that is unavailable anywhere else on campus from any other program offered at Texas A&M. Our award-winning faculty and staff help students to create, launch and fund their dreams!

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