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The Value of Startup Aggieland

Posted on October 30, 2012
Andrew Karl '15
Student, Texas A&M University
Andrew is a sophomore communications major from Spring, Texas, and who has the pleasure of serving as the Student Director of the Texas A&M Student Business Accelerator, Startup Aggieland.

There are two main factors that contribute to the value of Startup Aggieland. The first factor is education. Whether you are a student who needs the services of Startup Aggieland to launch your business, or if you are a student volunteering with the management side of the Startup, you are partaking of an unparalleled opportunity for experiential learning that you just cannot get anywhere else on campus.

The second factor is community. Startup Aggieland is working hard to establish a solid community of student entrepreneurs. This creates real value in terms of networking and collaboration opportunities. One of the things that contributes to our efforts to establish a community is scheduled events. Our biggest event to date took place just last Thursday, having had over 100 guests RSVP. The event was held to get the word out to the local community about the progress Startup Aggieland is making and the contribution we hope to make to the community. We invited people from the Bryan/College Station area out to our office space for BBQ, a presentation, and tour of the office. We were honored to have Nick Spiller, a student at the University of Texas, come out to learn about the Startup’s processes and procedures in order to duplicate a similar program in Austin.

The event was a huge success. I had the pleasure of giving tours of the our office space, and meeting some tremendously wonderful people who were happy to hear about the efforts of the students at Texas A&M in working to foster a community of entrepreneurialism on campus.

Startup Aggieland plans to continue fostering this community through housing student organizations such as the Entrepreneurship Society and Leaders in Creativity. Both of these organizations now have a shared office space and conduct their regular meetings at our office location.

We are excited about the future and the unlimited potential for community growth and value of Startup Aggieland to this University, its students, and the Bryan/College station area.

Thanks and gig ‘em!

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