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HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative

In January 2014, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and Success, APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), VentureWell (formerly NCIIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative (or HBCU Collaborative).

The HBCU Collaborative is a cohort of 15 public and private HBCUs that are committed to participating in a multi-year collaboration that will foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses to improve student success by implementing new institutional courses, transforming faculty pedagogy and creating partnerships with government and private industries. This collaborative will build off the momentum that was established by the 2013 HBCU Innovation Summit held at Stanford University that was co-organized by UNCF, the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Through the generous support of the Lemelson Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and the Monsanto Corporation, the HBCU Collaborative made funds available to universities to participate in and undertake the following activities:

  • Attend the 2014 HBCU Inventors and Innovators Symposium held in San Jose, California, March 20 and 23, 2014.
  • Attend the NCIIA OPEN 2014 Conference held in San Jose, California, March 20-21, 2014.
  • Enable students to participate in the Epicenter University Innovation Fellows Program
  • Submit an innovation and entrepreneurship strategic plan.
  • Develop and submit to NCIIA an application to create student (or student and faculty) E-Teams to move ideas from the lab and classroom to the marketplace.
  • Develop and submit to NCIIA an application to create student (or student and faculty) E-Teams to move ideas from the lab and classroom to the marketplace.

Institutions selected for the HBCU Collaborative are participating in a  community seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship across disciplines (i.e., agriculture, business, science, mathematics, engineering and technology, etc.). The collaborative aims to build innovation ecosystems— among institutions; between administrators, faculty and students within institutions; and across institutions, the federal government and private industry.  Participating in this unique collaborative makes funds available to universities to begin the planning and design efforts required to build this ecosystem work.

This initiative is funded by both the Lemelson Foundation and the Lumina Foundation.

  • Participating Institutions

    The 15 institutions that were selected are:

    • Clark Atlanta University
    • Fayetteville State University
    • Florida A&M University*
    • Hampton University
    • Howard University
    • Jackson State University*
    • Morehouse College
    • Morgan State University*
    • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University*
    • Prairie View A&M University*
    • Tuskegee University*
    • University of Maryland Eastern Shore*
    • University of the Virgin Islands*
    • Virginia State University*
    • Xavier University of Louisiana

    *APLU member institutions

    The institutions that were selected to participate will kick off their participation at the 2014 HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Symposium in conjunction with OPEN 2014-the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA’s) 18th Annual Conference– that will be held in San Jose, California on March 21 and 22. This pre-conference symposium is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and is being hosted jointly by APLU, the NCIIA, the United Negro College Fund, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Consortium Partners

    The institutions that were selected to participate will kick off their participation at the 2014 HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Symposium in conjunction with OPEN 2014-the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA’s) 18th Annual Conference– that will be held in San Jose, California on March 21and 22.  This pre-conference symposium is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and is being hosted jointly by APLU, the NCIIA, the United Negro College Fund, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Several partnering organizations will also be working with on this initiative, including:

    • ACT
    • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    • APLU Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence
    • APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity
    • APLU Council of 1890 Universities
    • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
    • Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
    • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
    • College Board
    • DC I-Corps
    • Diverse Issues in Education
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy/Workforce Management Office (DOE)
    • ETS
    • Griffin Rodgers and Associates
    • HBCU Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (ICE) at UNCF
    • HBCU Digest
    • HBCUStory
    • Jumpstart
    • The Lemelson Foundation
    • The Lumina Foundation
    • Microsoft
    • Mozilla Corporation
    • Monsanto Corporation
    • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
    • National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter)
    • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
    • National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Associations (NHBCUAA)
    • National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • NorTech
    • Prime Source Technologies, LLC.
    • Teela Spiller, Inc.
    • Thurgood Marshall College Fund
    • TTG+Partners
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • United States Department of Energy (DOE)
    • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USVA)
    • White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
    • White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities