Located in Hullabaloo Hall, 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. Partner colleges include the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), Dwight Look College of Engineering & Computer Science; College of Architecture and College of Liberal Arts.
Our two-semester, multidisciplinary program requires freshmen to enroll in the one-hour MGMT 289: 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 Startup 101-- both powered by CNVE. Alternatives include Food+City Challenge Prize; Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Elevator Pitch Competition; and AggiesInvent. Fall semester kicks off with a day-long orientation during Gig `em Week at a world-class tech accelerator located in Texas A&M's BioCorridor. Students will attend a technology commercialization lecture by the Assistant Vice Chancellor with Texas A&M Technology Commercialization. The highlight of fall semester is our roadtrip to Austin for tours of Google, RetailMeNot, Facebook, Capital Factory, IBM and/or Outbound Engine. We also dine at two landmark eateries with Austin investors or local CEOs.
During our second semester, freshmen develop their $10 business ideas from fall semester or other ventures into full-fledged startups with the goal of generating revenue in 90 days or filing a provisional patent. Students retain 100% of their equity and intellectual property. The spring class also visits world-class business accelerators and local maker spaces during a startup crawl in Historic Downtown Bryan. Our spring trip to San Antonio always includes a tour of Rackspace and usually a visit to Geekdom or Miner Corporation. Students are required to participate in Ideas Challenge, powered by CNVE; 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 five weeks of free pitch coaching with a Shark Tank Pitch Coach.
Startup LLC benefits include:
- Full kitchen and lounge with free pizza & Red Bull!
- 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 roadtrips each semester to Austin/San Antonio!
- Free pitch coaching by a real Shark Tank Pitch Coach!
- 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 CNVE'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!