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Start Up Challenge
The Startup Challenge provides a platform for students to form interdisciplinary teams and nurture an idea they are passionate about. As part of this process, we offer signature activities for students to engage with:
- WORKSHOPS & EVENTS: Inspiration happens everywhere, but particularly where you don't expect it. We intentionally create workshops and events to encourage students to leave the beaten or predictable path of their disciplines.
- MENTORS & AMBASSADORS: Alumni, professionals, faculty ambassadors, and service providers donate time to serve as mentors and functional experts to help guide student entrepreneurs and startups.
- FUNDING: Teams can pitch for gap funding (up to $10,000) to achieve their next milestone. Pitch rounds take place three times a year. Funded teams launched Accelerate spin-offs such as Gentoo and Pillar Technologies. Accelerate Alumni have raised funding and established ventures after graduation or started working in startups.
- PROTOTYPING: Product creation and social impact is a strong focus of Accelerate. We established a maker lab and facilitate access to the manufacturing center and other labs on campus to receive support for prototyping.