Stepping into the offices of Startup Aggieland isn’t like walking into any other office on the campus of Texas A&M University. The décor is unusual, to put it mildly, as Jimi Hendrix wails on guitar from a lobby painting, and there’s a Ping-Pong table in the conference room. It’s an environment meant to stimulate creativity and innovation, and as it launches this month, the student staff is ready to welcome fellow Aggies into the university’s first business accelerator exclusively for students.
Located in the Texas A&M Research Park on the western edge of campus, Startup Aggieland is open to any Texas A&M student — regardless of major — who is operating a business, has a strong business idea or is generally curious about entrepreneurship and innovation. The startup provides, free of charge, business resources including workspace, mentoring and networking opportunities, all within a student community of innovators and collaborators. Startup Aggieland will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday (Jan. 24) beginning at 4:30 p.m., and all are invited to come and tour the facility.