About the incubator

Purpose

We believe entrepreneurship needs to reflect the direction of a global society increasingly dependent on innovations to address urgent complex needs and on developing young entrepreneurs who want to bring those innovations to markets.

Stacks Image 90466

Our Story

Stacks Image 90137

As the oldest business school in Washington, DC, AU and the Kogod School of Business began teaching entrepreneurship classes in the 1980s and today has more than 300 students enrolled every year in some form of entrepreneurship class. In September 2014,we launched the AU Entrepreneurship Incubator, the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, initial funding for the Entrepreneurship Venture Fund and the admission of our first five ventures. Today, the incubator is home to more than 20 ventures and expansion plans are underway to relocate to the new Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building when the East Campus construction is completed in 2017.

The Space

Stacks Image 90148

The AU Entrepreneurship Incubator is a 500-square-foot facility on the third floor of the Mary Graydon Center on the main campus. It serves as the center of entrepreneurial activity at American University. Funded by the Kogod School of Business, the incubator is available 24 x 7 to approved student ventures from any AU undergraduate or graduate program and to recent graduates. The incubator offers three workspaces for you and a team to meet, conduct presentations or schedule video conferences. Incubator teams also gain access to faculty, alumni and industry mentors, sources of legal guidance, other interested students with a variety of important complimentary skills, and public events to showcase your venture.