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.

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Our Story

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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

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The AU Entrepreneurship Incubator is a 2,000-square-foot facility on the second floor of the Don Myers Technology Center on the East Campus. It is housed within the AU Center for Innovation and 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 open table workspaces, a large pitch room with expansive AV systems, a small private conference room, a print center, kitchen, and multiple screens and monitors for video conferences or media review. 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.