StarTUp Accelerator

Jump-start your venture in just eight weeks.

The Towson University StarTUp Accelerator is an intensive eight-week, cohort-based fellowship where ventures take residency and collaborate to accelerate their ventures.

  • Accepted ventures receive a $10,000 equity-free stipend as well as mentorship, founder-centric programming and exposure to successful ventures who are alumni of this model.
  • Founders who have begun to introduce their services or products into the market should apply.
  • Selected founders will take up residency at the StarTUp at the Armory—TU's new state-of-the-art, entrepreneurship space in downtown Towson. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Each venture receives a $10k stipend. The stipend has no equity requirement and is intended to serve as a seed fund for the venture.


During the eight weeks, cohort members have access to office space and resources to work in an open and collaborative environment.


Programming occurs on a weekly basis and contains founder-centric items such as: leadership, company culture, how to pitch, equity, sales, fund raising and other items.

 Alumni & Fellowship

The fellowship kicks off with a talk from BarTrack and their founders Brett and Hunter. BarTrack is an alumnus of this accelerator model and has raised over $5 million in venture capital.

 Forward Looking

Two weeks into the cohort, we'll take a day trip to visit HUNGRY and their founders Shy and Jeff. HUNGRY just raised $20 million dollars in venture capital and did so from such luminaries as Jay Z, Usher and Kevin Hart.  


At the start of the program each venture identifies where they will be in terms of traction 15 weeks out. We then meet weekly to see where we are, and fellows assist the ventures if they can.


Each of the fellows have 24x7 access to Patrick McQuown and other mentors within StarTUp. The mentorship does not end after the fellowship.