ACCESS

Apply for free, furnished offices with 8-foot white boards. Free 24-7-365 secure ID Card access. Free use of large kitchen with Keurig coffee maker, air ice machine, full-size refrigerator, microwave, filtered water and Red Bull cooler. Free custodial and parking by our back door. Free use of large conference room with 8-foot white board, seating for 18; two 60" flat screen TVs with Skype setup; 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. Free 24-7-365 enterprise-level, U.S.-based "Fanatical" tech support from Rackspace. Free legal services from pro bono attorneys at the Texas A&M School of Law and also from prominent law firms like Andrews Kurth, Duane Morris, Wilson Sonsini and Norton Rose. Free accounting assistance and business "wellness" analysis. Free marketing support and reduced-fee graphics/animation services. Free use of meeting space for 70. 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 worldwide public and private resources!

LOCATION

Conveniently located in Texas A&M University's scenic Research Park on west campus near Easterwood Airport, 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 Frisbie Golf Course. No personal transportation? No problem. Startup Aggieland is served by Shuttle Bus 5 (Bush Library) and features a covered bus stop in front of our facility. Free parking during football season for tenants!

Startup Aggieland operates a 44-bed Startup Living Learning Community and Dormcubator on main campus.

Located in Hullabaloo Hall, the Dormcubator features "Fireside Chats" by startup founders ranging from students to successful serial entrepreneurs. Award-winning faculty with our academic partners, including the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), Dwight Look College of Engineering & Computer Science; College of Architecture and College of Liberal Arts, also frequently conduct informal chats at our Dormcubator. 

Our two-semester, multidisciplinary program requires freshmen to enroll in the one-hour MGMT 289: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Part 1 & Part 2, which meets once-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, Ideas Challenge or Startup 101-- all powered by CNVE. Alternative options include Food+City Challenge Prize; Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Elevator Pitch Competition; AggiesInvent; and/or a semester-long launch at Startup Aggieland. 

During our second semester, freshmen will develop their $10 business ideas or other ventures into full-fledged startups. Students retain 100% of equity and their intellectual property. Freshmen learn how to prepare and file a provisional patent. They also attend a technology commercialization lecture by the Assistant Vice Chancellor with Texas A&M Technology Transfer. The spring class also visits world-class business accelerators and local maker spaces during a startup crawl in Historic Downtown Bryan and in the Texas A&M BioCorridor. Freshmen get to high-level executives from such companies as Rackspace, Silicon Valley Bank, RetailMeNot, Google, Facebook, etc. 

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!

 

In 2015-16, Startup LLC students have won AggiesInvent,  the People's Choice Award for Food+City Challenge Prize and reached the top 12 in Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization National Elevator Pitch Competition. 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; and for special events in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A CAREER CHOICE

Where will your entrepreneurial journey take you?

Take the road less traveled.

MGMT 489: INNOVATIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT - SEE THE FUTURE

As Hockey Legend Wayne Gretsky once said, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been". In Professor Don Lewis' multidisciplinary Innovative Product Development course, cross-listed in five colleges, students of all levels use Lean Startup to see the future for a product and be light years ahead of industry trends.

CENTER FOR NEW VENTURES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CNVE)

Since its inception in 1999, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) has served as the hub of entrepreneurship for Texas A&M University. CNVE enhances the student experience by providing education, training, networking and resources for enterprising students, faculty, veterans and former students.

University / Post Oak Mall Collaboratory (UPC)

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 sold more than 25,000 pool noodle connectors. 

GET PLUGGED IN AS A MEMBER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP SOCIETY

A recognized student organization at Texas A&M University, ESociety is the front door for students to explore entrepreneurship at Startup Aggieland. 

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Tim Barkley
CEO
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Lisa Whistler
Designer
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Leonardo Portland
Manager

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