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American University Center for Innovation

AUCI Incubator

The AUCI Incubator assists American University students and recent alumni in building successful profit or nonprofit/social ventures that can scale over time.

The Incubator is located inside AUCI on the 2nd floor of the Myers Innovation Building. For more information about American University's campus, please click here.

How does it work? 

The Incubator provides accepted ventures with mentors, networking opportunities, educational opportunities, access to resources, and space to guide them through the early stages of product, service, and business development. From the idea stage to investor pitches, the Incubator can support a venture with the tools to successfully launch.

Student Ventures

  • Active Gnomes Express (AGED): Diagnoses and detects cancers and diseases of known variants earlier than ever before. The technique uses peripheral blood cells and analyzes targeted RNA-sequences to establish gene expression profiles
  • Arzo: Online jewelry collections women in Turkey
  • AudioUnity: Developing patented piano keyboards that use LED indicators to help anyone compose music
  • Choosy: Provides a crowdsourcing platform that lets you reach out to others from your mobile phone to help you decide what clothes are best for you
  • Darwin Beats: Platform for independent artists seeking to be heard
  • Digital FastForward: A digital skills accelerator that delivers innovation bootcamps and consulting on design thinking, technology innovation and lean startup strategies.
  • Flexadyne: Improves the repair and recovery of torn ACLs using ready-to-go 3D printed ligament that is custom designed to match the size and strength required for an individual athlete
  • HYPEiT: Provides a platform to crowdsource an evening out with friends
  • Max Points: Simplifies credit card points and frequent flyer miles with a free individualized plan so that you earn more points from your everyday spending
  • MicroInvestigate: Applies cutting-edge microbiology to create a platform of highly accurate, non-invasive detection of infectious diseases
  • MEANS Database: Helps food donors make excess supply available to food pantries to feed the hungry. Serving 48 states, MEANS has been recognized around the world by South by Southwest, South by South Lawn, Starbucks Upstanders Program, Deloitte, L'Oreal Women of Worth program and Oprah Winfrey
  • Sand Scan: For coastal communities that frequently need to measure erosion, Sand Scan offers the fastest way to collect precise data at a fraction of the cost of other methods
  • Storganize: Know what’s inside your storage unit and access those items through our delivery service
  • Thrill: Adrenaline Junkies, Weekend Warriors and those chasing the fearless pursuit of passion through Extreme Sports will want to take Thrill's app for a ride when it is available in Spring 2017
  • Upace: Provides University fitness centers and workout facilities with scheduling and utilization tracking to provide data to meet the needs of users and facility operators
  • WhoU?: Provides facial recognition software to identify actors and actresses to be able to download TV shows and movies

Apply to the Incubator

American University undergraduate or graduate students and recent alumni may apply by submitting either a proof of concept or application.

For further information, please contact Bill Bellows at or Tommy White at

Key Statistics on AUCI

  • One of the world's Top 20 Entrepreneurship Centers according to the AACSB
  • 400+ AU students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses
  • $665,000 raised student-led ventures
  • $1,000,000+ in student-led venture revenues
  • 2,000 sq. ft. in the Myers Innovation Building
  • 40+ student-led venture start-ups accepted into the AUCI Incubator
  • More than $60,000 in start-up grants as awarded to founders from the AUCI Incubator
  • American University has more than 50 expert faculty affiliated to the AU Center for Innovation through research, curriculum, and other programs
  • 10% of the AUCI Incubator student-led ventures accepted into leading regional and national accelerator program
  • Of AU's 125,000 living alumni worldwide, 15% are entrepreneurs
  • More alumni start-ups than any other DC-area school as reported by Fosterly, Verizon, PWC
  • Alumni entrepreneurs come from all of our 7 schools and colleges