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The AU Center for Innovation (AUCI) brings together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators, and experienced entrepreneurs to develop and refine business models and to launch new ventures.

Through experiential learning inside and outside the classroom, AU entrepreneurship students develop entrepreneurial mindsets, undertake marketing research, acquire financial resources, manage cash flows and grow their ventures.

AUCI was recently spotlighted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as one of the world's top 20 entrepreneurship centers.

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AUCI Research


2016 GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report

2016 GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report by Bosma, Schott, Terjesen and Kew

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's (GEM) social entrepreneurship activity research is based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015, and is thus the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world.

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The Tampa Bay Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: The Tide is High by White, Hechevarría, Terjesen, Acs, and Audretsch

The purpose of the study is two-fold. First, the team sought to expand the limited current theory in entrepreneurial ecosystems. Second, the project sought to better understand the specific state of the ecosystem in Tampa Bay.

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Entrepreneurship Incubator

The AU Entrepreneurship Incubator assists graduate students, undergraduate students and recent alumni in building successful profit or nonprofit/social entrepreneurial ventures that are sustainable and can scale over time.

The Incubator provides accepted ventures with:

  • Experienced mentors
  • Networking opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Access to resources
  • Available workspace
  • Guidance during early stages of business development

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The Big Idea!

Have you ever seen a problem and asked yourself “why doesn’t someone do something about that?” This is your chance. Deadline November 13.

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New Independent Study: FedTech Commercialization

Interested in starting a technology company or exploring the intersection of science and business?

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Become Part of I-CORPS

From Science to Start-ups, learn about American University's I-CORPS. Cohorts are now forming for Spring 2018. Apply by November 10.

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