ACCESS

Apply for rent-free furnished offices with 8-foot white boards or access to coworking space with 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 Andrews Kurth, Duane Morris, Wilson Sonsini and Norton Rose. Free accounting assistance. 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 public and private resources worldwide!

LOCATION

Conveniently located in Texas A&M University's scenic Research Park on west campus, Startup Aggieland occupies 5,000 sq. ft. of Class A 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 year-round parking for tenants, including football season!

Think Globally. Act Locally.

Startup Aggieland is a globally-recognized, award-winning, job creation program disguised as a student business accelerator. A testimony to the American Dream, our business accelerator accepts client companies that want to change the world, make a real difference in people's lives and create value where none previously existed.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A CAREER CHOICE

Where will your entrepreneurial journey take you?

Take the road less traveled.

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.

MGMT 489: INNOVATIVE PRODUCT DESIGN - DISCOVER 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.

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 since 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. Leadership positions are available. ESociety's annual signature event is Startup 101. The student-managed three-day workshop is open to the public. ESociety also hosts speakers and social events. 

3-DAY STARTUP / TEXAS A&M

3-Day Startup is an extreme launch experience, open to all majors and levels of study at Texas A&M University. Staged at Startup Aggieland each fall and spring, students form teams and develop products, then pitch to investors at a public networking event. 3DS is free for students, including all meals and snacks at the 72-hour event.

STARTUP AGGIELAND SEED FUND

Student-vetted, the Seed Fund offers non-dilutive grants for student ventures. Startup Aggieland requires no equity or IP ownership in return, but we hope you'll pay it forward:

  • Company client of Startup Aggieland
  • Academically-eligible TAMU student
  • Proven commitment to the company success with evidence of results

Startup Aggieland also operates a 44-bed Startup Living Learning Community and Dormcubator for freshmen.

 

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 Geedom 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!

 

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; Entrepreneur Magazine's Circular Summit; and to Los Angeles for TigerLaunch. Freshmen also participated for free at Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday conferences in Dallas and Houston. Our freshmen gain real-world insight, exclusive access and 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 launch, build and fund their dreams!

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