As an AU student with no previous business experience, the incubator was nothing short of vital in allowing my idea to turn into a company, and that company turning into my career and passion. Joining American University's entrepreneurship incubator was a life-changing decision."
Joey Nutinsky, founder, ruvna.com

Creating Opportunities Through the Incubator

The AU Incubator programs are designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. They focus on helping our ventures prepare themselves for developing and interacting with diverse networks in the AU and greater DC communities. From strategic consulting to branding, communication and creating opportunities to bring your idea to influencers and investors, the incubator serves as a place to learn, grow and develop from ideas to business models to successful revenue generating ventures.

Networking

Networking brings you in touch with faculty, alumni and entrepreneurship programs, with the community of other student entrepreneurs on campus and with connections in the booming DC-Virgina-Maryland entrepreneurship corridor. We help you find and reach the people and resources you need for your venture.
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Workshops

The incubator conducts regularly schedule workshops every semester for ventures. These range from customer validation and lean startup sessions to legal considerations, forecasting and branding. Workshops are taught by faculty and other outside experts.

Pitch Days & Competitions

As a startup you need to learn to pitch your venture in many ways, from the 30-second elevator pitch to formal investor presentations. We schedule several opportunities every year for incubator ventures to showcase their ideas and present their ventures to outside investors and other entrepreneurs.
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Guest Speakers

Situated at the center of business, policy and governance, AU, the Kogod School of Business and the AU Innovation Center offer a range of speakers on entrepreneurship, market issues and opportunities, finance and investment. Other opportunities are widely available in the DC corridor through meet ups, mashups and intercollegiate events.