Powered by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at Mays Business School, Startup Aggieland has become a nationally-recognized, interdisciplinary collaboration created out of eight experiential-learning Management courses taught from 2012-2015 by Startup Aggieland Assistant Director and Professor Don Lewis, now serving as Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at Texas A&M. The courses were prompted by a 2011 White Paper, jointly authored by CNVE Executive Director Richard Lester and Professor Rodney Hill.
CNVE Director Blake Petty, NSF Innovation Corps SW Node Director Chuck Hinton, and Professors Lester and Lewis, lead CNVE, which includes Startup Aggieland and a chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (ranked 2nd in the US). These programs and other student/former student programs support CNVE's academic and alumni initiatives. The Princeton Review gave CNVE and Texas A&M a Top 25 ranking for undergraduate (20) and graduate (21) entrepreneurship in 2016.
L-R: Michael Descheneaux; Chris Valletta; Chris Westfall
MEET OUR ENTREPRENEURS-IN-RESIDENCE, MENTORS, INVESTORS & CNVE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Startup Aggieland EIRs have track records of successful exits in the hundreds of millions of dollars at well-known startups in California and Texas. Startup Aggieland is mentor-driven, offering access to 125-plus respected investors, subject matter experts and experienced mentors. We also provide access to student peer mentors, who help current students to navigate the various resources available through CNVE. Many of these students are venture fellows through Blackstone LaunchPad.
Meet some of our celebrity "sharks" and other investors during our Startup Showcase & Career Fair from 5 pm - 6pm, held during our open reception before Shark Frenzy at 6 pm - 9 pm. Sponsors and sharks will be invited to attend our private party from 9 pm - 11 pm, hosted by Aggie Angel Network. Cash prizes and trophies will be presented after pitches end at 8:30 pm, including a presentation of the Mayor's Cup for best pitch.
ABOUT STARTUP AGGIELAND
Startup Aggieland, launched in January 2013 by 12 students and four faculty members (plus one administrator), began as an experiential learning lab for students who owned companies or wanted to launch startups. Today, Startup Aggieland accepts early-stage ventures by faculty and former students, in addition to our student clientele. Of 162 ventures assisted, 63 have reported raising $33 Million collectively, filing for 21 patents and creating 84 jobs. Startup Aggieland is open to students of all majors and clients from a broad range of industries, including our Lifestyle companies that are generating revenue.
lLaunched as a joint effort by Texas A&M University's colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Mays Business School, as well as the Office of Vice President of Research, our Accelerator has grown to include a 44-bed Dormcubator for entrepreneurial freshman. Our students regularly win at national pitch competitions, including the Rice Business Plan Challenge and the Baylor New Ventures Competition; the National Elevator Pitch Competition; and Food+City Challenge.