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.
Minutes 4 Moms brings families the sweetest local care providers in a snap. We help young people grow professionally through our unique work experiences and team “perks,” while fueling our clients, career-loving parents, with the resources they need to excel in all that they do.
Victor Ehienulo and Madiagne Sarr
Plugged is a SaaS diversity recruiting venture that democratizes the way opportunities are shared to diverse candidates through our web app, mobile, messaging and interview platform. Plugged University partners with HBCUs to connect their school departments and the career center with large companies to offer internships, full time opportunities and streamline information session scheduling to their students. In essence, we help HBCUs increase student engagement with recruiters by 80% and convert companies to donors, therefore creating a new line of revenue for HBCUs.
Terrel K. Hunt, Wayne Morgan and Jeremiah Kobena
Good Choice Productions is a 501c3 nonprofit founded by three Syracuse University football players who all grew up in the boroughs of New York City. As former D1 athletes we know first-hand the pain athletes face as their sports career comes to an end and they are left to fend for themselves. Our mission is to ensure these athletes receive the much-needed mental health, financial literacy, life planning and career guidance so that they may flourish after the end of their sports career.
Veena Radhakrishnan and Patrick Dempsey
Learner-centered, data-driven. Inso (formerly Pretzl) is an online discussion platform that creates student-driven discussions with easily accessible insights into trending ideas and emerging themes generated by students, turning ideas into knowledge.
Brendon Mellinger (CBE ’21), Michael Wyman (CBE ’21), Jack Bauerle and Josh Bloom
Renndvous is an online vehicle sales marketplace and social site for modified and collector vehicles. We create a place for owners of such vehicles to showcase and sell them more effectively. We strive to create a marketplace where these niche vehicles can be both sold for more by sellers and more easily found by buyers. Our ultimate goal is to act as a one-stop-shop from buying to selling a collector or modified vehicle.
Colin Dougherty (CBE ’17)
CAMSKNS is a direct-to-consumer company focused on the protection and customization of end-users' cameras, drones, lenses, and GoPros. Our goal is to allow individuals the ability to express themselves through their own gear while using unique patterns that best suit their personality.
Jal Irani (FCSM ’15) and Derek Battle
Flave, returning as a mentor company, is a mobile app that incentivizes foodies to eat local instead of at chain restaurants. This happens through gamification and getting personalized friend recommendations.
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. It's not required that all team members utilize the space, but the space is open to everyone on the venture’s team.
Programming typically occurs once a week, from one to three hours, and contains founder-centric items such as leadership, company culture, how to pitch, equity, sales, fund raising and other items. The rest of the time fellows are building/selling but also doing it as a cohort; some fellows will be stronger in some areas than others and vice versa.
The best ventures are typically the ones with a team and not solopreneurs; there is just a lot to do and too much for one person.
The fellowship kicks off with a talk from Lumastic and their founder Drew Lytle. Through community-based learning, Lumastic created an online platform that connects creators and entrepreneurs.
Two weeks into the cohort, we’ll take a day trip to visit BarTrack and their founders Brett and Hunter. BarTrack is an alumnus of this accelerator model and has 30 employees in seven states and has raised over $5 million in venture capital.
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. When the program begins we set milestones for each venture and on Fridays we meet over lunch to discuss where we are and what we can do to assist one another.
Each of the fellows have 24x7 access to Patrick McQuown and other mentors within StarTUp. The best ventures typically spend and hour per day with Patrick to tailor invididual needs. The mentorship does not end after the fellowship.