American University's Entrepreneurship Incubator

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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
  • Startup financial grant

From the idea stage to investor pitches, the Incubator supports ventures with the tools to successfully launch. For further information, please contact Bill Bellows at or Tommy White at

Student Ventures


Will provide on-the-go PowerBank services located in restaurants, gyms, and shopping centers in Latin America.

The Atys Project

Provides stability for retail investors in emergening markets using blockchain technology to achieve decentralized safety.

Be Brave

Creating a sexual assault prevention wearable technology that will respond regardless of the victim's natural reaction to trauma.

Campus Assistants

Developing an online service connecting college students who need tasks completed with students willing to do them for a fee.

Campus Books

Designing, programing, and testing a web-based software application for booking and tracking a university's spaces.


Replacing and eliminating single-use plastic disposibles in the food service industry with compostable and biodegradable alternatives. Celise donates a percentage of their profits to help communities invest in composting facilities. 

First Edventures

A subscription service that provides families everything they need to know and have to optimize their child's development and stay confident in the midst of all the parenting unknowns.

Fractal Theatre Collective

Creates powerful, unique works that are deeply personal, radical, and authentic while promoting the values of theatre.


Disrupting the travel industry through an app that will help aesthetically focused people find the perfect locations for photos.


Maximizing and simplifying credit card points and frequent flyer miles to make everyday spending more rewarding while reducing burnout in the workplace. MaxPoints has been featured in Forbes, Washington Business Journal, DC Inno, and WalletHub.

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 CNN Heroes, NBC Nightly News, Glamour Magazine, The Washington Post, South by Southwest, Starbucks Upstanders Program, Deloitte, L'Oreal, Oprah Winfrey, among others.

Millenial Nail Bar

Sends nail technicians to the customer regardless of their location. MNB operates in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland. MNB has partnered with Google and Nordstrom, and was recently showcased at South by Southwest.


Applies leading edge microbiology to create a platform of highly accurate, non-invasive detection of infectious diseases. Founder Megan Nelson, a biotech grad student, participated in the National Science Foundation i-Corps program to apply customer development techniques.


Helping psychiatrists better understand an individual's mood disorder by using data gathered in wearable technology analyzed by machine learning algorithms. Founder Colleen Baldwin participated in the National Science Foundation i-Corps program in 2018.

Pretty Powerful Causemetics

Makeup cosmetic line with a cause.

Setlist Booking

Connecting upcoming artists and small venues through an online booking and payment platform.


Offers an all-in-one device that provides the functionality of both a bite block and medical tube securing device for patients undergoing surgical procedures, burn victims, the elderly, and patients with bruxism or preexisting anxiety disorders. Surgicure will be going through clinical trials soon with the U.S. Army.


Provides affordable and accessible beauty services by connecting student cosmetologists to student clients.

Recent Exits

 Congratulations to our seven teams that have successfully exited the program. Their ability to raise capital through acceptance into leading accelerators, revenue generation, investments or grants along with their vision and dedication to the success of their ventures serve as an inspiration to all of us.

Business plan and strategy equation.

Apply to the Incubator

Current AU students and recent alumni may apply by submitting either a proof of concept or application.

Submit Application

Visit Our Office or Contact Us

AU Center for Innovation
Don Myers Technology Center, Room 221

Phone: (202) 885-2229

For more information, email:
Bill Bellows
Tommy White

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