Startup Aggieland was named the recipient of The Research Valley Commercialization Rising Star Award at the Bryan Rotary Newman 10 Business Performance Awards luncheon.

Celebrating outstanding business innovation, the award is sponsored by The Research Valley Partnership to recognize an individual or group’s entrepreneurial spirit and introductory work in taking ideas to the marketplace.

Startup Aggieland is a business accelerator connecting enterprising students with an ecosystem that encourages small venture development and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.
The initiative launched in 2012 as a national model for student-led entrepreneurship within institutions of higher education.

More than 100 student ventures have launched from Startup Aggieland, which is managed by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and operated on the Texas A&M campus by students for students of every major who are seeking to turn innovative ideas into innovative businesses. Startup Aggieland is a commercialization resource and springboard for meeting the shared entrepreneurial objectives of Texas A&M University and the Bryan/College Station communities.

Small businesses play a crucial role in the U.S. economy and entrepreneurs advancing forward are among the most important elements in economic vitality. Exclusively designed to promote and encourage student entrepreneurial experiential learning and education, Startup Aggieland received seed investment funds from the university to respond in a cohesive way to the nation’s growing entrepreneurial evolution and provide an ecosystem to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit. An integral part of Startup Aggieland’s success is the involvement of a collaborative network of university faculty and professionals in the business community who serve as mentors, advisors and service providers to the student companies and the incubator student staff.

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.