Columbia University – Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator

Veronika Sonsey, Kelly Hoey, and Deborah Jackson, alumni of the ColumbiaBusinessSchool, have recently created a new startup accelerator for women called the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator. The program is open to applications and is offering a small number of companies with seed funding of $18,000, plus mentoring, support, and office space in New York as part of the three-moth program. Applications are now open and will close February 1st with the launch of the program in March 2012. The application criteria are (1) must be a technology company, (2) must have a woman co-founder, and (3) must have a mobile application (i.e. mobile payment, mobile advertising, mobile applications). Interested participants can sign up here.

Dmitriy Timerman

Innovating for Innovation at Harvard

There has a been a boom of new student activity and faculty programs to promote innovation across the board.  This fall has already seen the opening of a brand new Harvard Innovation Laboratory across the river at the business school, and the start of a new student group called the Harvard Healthcare Innovation Club.  Both initiatives aim to push innovation at harvard to become a new priority.  The I-lab is a brand new space for incubating new ventures by providing beautiful collaboration rooms, phones, internet, and other services to help get student groups off the ground.  It will also hold classes and seminars on topics such as budgeting, and writing a business plan as a means of helping get much needed knowledge to students from all over campus.  The HHIC is a student run organization that has participation and representation from the Medical, Business, and Engineering schools that is working to create networking possibilities between the different populations and provide information on events and resources available to its members.  Spoiled with resources, schools, and hospitals, Harvard hopes to become a competitor in the innovation world in the next ten years through these initiatives and others like it.

Oregon State University – The Weatherford Garage

At Oregon State University, students are exposed to entrepreneurial education as freshman which makes the program unique compared with other programs across the country.  The thought at OSU is to lay a foundation of entrepreneurship for students at an early stage so students have an entrepreneurial mindset throughout their college careers.

To promote the idea entrepreneurship at a young again, the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at OSU is launching the Weatherford Garage this year.  The Garage is a year long entrepreneurial immersion program  that gives students the tools to start their own businesses while attending college.  Students in the program live within Weatherford Hall, a 300 person entrepreneurship themed residence hall in the heart of campus.

Through the program students receive access to office space, seed funding, mentoring, and consulting. Students are immersed in a variety of activities that ignite their creativity and help them reach their goals of becoming an entrepreneur.

The program was also recently highlighted in the Alaska Airlines In Flight Magazine as an innovative program for college freshman.

For more information on the program  check out –