Tool Kit

The Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit

Resources for Entrepreneurs In The Research Valley

Entrepreneurs in every stage of business will find the resources they need for moving ideas and discoveries into business, including resources for business planning, technology commercialization, small business incubation, subject expertise, real estate, and professional education.

If you’d like to learn more, please contact us, or click on the links below to directly connect to the programs.

Business Planning Tools ↓

Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC)
The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a science and technology incubator/accelerator. The RVIC is a partnership between Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and The Research Valley Partnership.Research Valley International Gateway (RVIG)
The Research Valley International Gateway helps businesses rapidly and inexpensively enter the US marketplace.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center helps new businesses develop and grow through hands-on consulting assistance, or practical and affordable business workshops.

Startup Aggieland
Startup Aggieland is a resource for all students enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station. Any major. Any level of study. They offer free walk-in assistance during office hours or after-hours by appointment. Member of the National Business Incubator Association. Startup Aggieland does not take equity stakes in student startups. Students retain control of their intellectual property. Strategic legal partners provide free trademark protection and preparation of provisional patents for patentable IP. They offer a student-managed seed capital fund for our startups.

Texas Cooperative Extension
The Texas Cooperative Extension program transfers new knowledge and technologies from a research environment through natural resources, family and consumer sciences, youth and community development as well as production agriculture. County Extension agents serve as community educators and are supported by Extension specialists who provide research and educational resources. Extension serves all 254 Texas counties through 12 district centers and 250 county offices, employing more than 950 professional educators located across the state.

Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship
Virtually all of the high-growth businesses of the last decade have been involved in the development and commercialization of new technologies or innovative services. The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship specifically focuses on entrepreneurship, new venture development and management through the development of academic courses, basic and applied research and service to the larger business community. Learn more about the MBA Technology Transfer Challenge, Business Idea Competition and New Venture Forums at this site.

Technology Commercialization ↓

Office of Technology Commercialization
It is the mission of The Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) to encourage broad practical application of System research for public benefit; to encourage and assist those associated with the System in the protection, licensing and commercialization of their discoveries; to ensure the equitable distribution of royalties and other monetary benefits resulting from the commercial application of intellectual property; and to see that commercialization activities benefit the research, education and outreach missions of the System into the future.TEEX Product Development Center
Texas A&M Engineering. TEEX Facilities. Market Intelligence. TEEX Product Development Center (PDC) provides access to all of these resources and more, making it easy to put The Texas A&M University System to work for you. We engineered a process that helps manufacturers, product developers, inventors and private entities take products to the market place to foster innovation and product development.

TEES Technology Assistance Program
We form partnerships that encourage innovation and economic growth in Texas. Our technical Assistance Program, or TAP, was established to help companies: Increase the efficiency of their operations; Develop new market strategies for their innovative technologies; Evaluate and improve their manufacturing process; Better understand technology limitations; Increase employment; Form partnerships that encourage innovation.

Texas Triangle Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization
The Texas Triangle Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (Texas Triangle RCIC), supported by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF), serves the entrepreneurial and academic communities of a 20-county region covering the fast growing Bryan-College Station, Waco and Temple-Kileen marketplaces. TETF Funds are available in three categories: Commercialization Awards, Research Award Matching, and Acquisition of Research Superiority.

Business Accelerator ↓

Research Valley Innovation Center
The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a science and technology incubator/accelerator. The RVIC is a partnership between Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and The Research Valley Partnership.Research Valley International Gateway
The Research Valley International Gateway helps businesses rapidly and inexpensively enter the US marketplace.

Seed Sumo
Seed Sumo, located in Bryan/College Station, TX is a mentorship-driven accelerator that will assist young entrepreneurs with turning their early-stage startups into successful businesses. Seed Sumo runs a three month long program in Bryan/College Station, TX once each year, where selected companies get $20,000 – $50,000 in seed funding, in exchange for 6-10% equity. Seed Sumo founders also get great perks such as free hosting, world-class branding services, finance/legal counseling , an amazing place to work, 100 days of intensive top-notch mentorship, and a massive network of connections.

Texas A&M Bioscience Business Accelerator
The Texas A&M Bioscience Business Accelerator facility is designed to: encourage the growth of startup companies in the bioscience sector; allow biomedical device companies to optimize their capital and obtain maximal value for research dollars; train and meet the needs of scientists, technicians, and other professionals in the biosciences; and serve as a key resource for industry personnel seeking innovation and collaborative research opportunities with strategic partners.

Subject Experts ↓

Office of the Vice President of Research
The Office of the Vice President of Research develops and implements research policies, coordinates research activities with other Texas A&M University System agencies, and promotes a climate conducive to innovative faculty research. The Office’s website contains a search engine that identifies Texas A&M faculty expertise, funding information, links to research centers and institutes, and the latest news and events.Texas A&M Faculty Expertise Search Engine
By using the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world, you will find researcher profiles that include contact information, positions held, publications, patents, funding received and a first-person narrative describing current research activities and expertise. Profiles also include direct links to e-mail, a personal home page, an online CV, patent abstracts (and full-text where available), publication abstracts and available research grants.

Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
TEES’s know-how in applying leading-edge research to industry needs helps keep companies competitive in world markets. Technology developed by TEES’s researchers covers areas as diverse as electric power distribution, new fuel cells and more efficient methods of refining cooking oils. TEES has worked with more than 1,000 industry sponsors, annually supported 600 engineering graduate students through assistantships and 240 undergraduates in research activities and employs more than 1,300 people in about 4,500 projects. Read more about TEES’s recently licensed technologies and technology currently available for license.

Health Science Center
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center is committed to excellence in improving health through integrated education, research and public service programs that emphasize accessibility and public and community health. The center includes the Baylor College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Institute for Biosciences and Technology and School of Rural Public Health. Learn more about its research at the frontiers of medicine, biotechnology, dentistry, agriculture, engineering and public health.

Real Estate ↓

Texas A&M University Research Park
The renown of the research organizations and facilities housed in the beautiful setting of the Research Park has made it a popular venue for new research ventures, cross-industry participation and international educational opportunities. Tenants conduct research in fields including public health, agriculture, transportation, technology development and engineering. Whether office space for administrative purposes or a facility built for large-scale testing and simulations, the Research Park offers a natural setting that provides abundant resources and numerous research opportunities for tenants.Fibertown
Fibertown is a premier building and technology campus, located in historic downtown Bryan, offering integrated and flexible space where design, technology, and services are woven together and fully supported by professionals. Fibertown’s technological infrastructure provides access to a fiber nexus and six major carriers. This development provides redundant network infrastructure, multi-carrier Internet connectivity, disaster recovery services, a Tier 4 Data Center and award-winning high-tech office space for business, industry, and government. Fibertown’s vital technology center is directly linked via the Fibertown mainline fiber trunk to scientific, intellectual, and entrepreneurial capital and resources at Texas A&M University and is emerging as a vital center in Research Valley.

Texas A&M University BioScience Accelerator
The Texas A&M Bioscience Business Accelerator facility is designed to encourage the growth of startup companies; allow device companies to maximize their capital and obtain maximal value for research dollars; meet the needs of scientists, technicians and engineers in the biomedical industry; and serve as a key resource for industry personnel in product development science and creating new opportunities for collaborative research with international partners.

Science Park at Research Valley
The Science Park at Research Valley will support scientific innovation and technology transfer within a 180,000 square foot building and throughout a beautiful 53 acre campus situated in a prime location on Highway 6 right in the center of College Station.

The Research Valley’s Biocorridor
The Research Valley’s Biocorridor is fast becoming the epicenter of Texas’ emerging biotech industry. Through combined plant, animal and human breakthroughs, our biocorridor provides speed-to market connection between research, commercialization and business success. Centers of excellence and combined resources include: Research (TIGM), Preclinical studies (TIPS), Manufacturing (NCTM), and Clinical development (TAMHSC). Home of the new campus of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing.

Professional Networking and Education ↓

BCS Startup
BCS Startup exists to connect the local startup community in the Bryan and College Station area. We have a startup map which puts all the startups and resources in one place, as well as an event series to help network, educate, and grow the community.Mays Business School Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship
The Texas A&M Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship provides encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty and Texas businesses. Founded in 1999, the center is part of Mays Business School’s Department of Management. The center enhances student education through campus speakers, competitions, work experiences and financial support. The Texas A&M faculty and Office of Technology Commercialization benefit from the center’s educational programs, extensive business community network and the entrepreneurial services.

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
World renowned for its hands-on, customized training, TEEX offers a wide range of technical training programs to enhance the skills of employed workers and to prepare workers entering the labor force. In their Knowledge Engineering division, they listen… they learn… they create. They bring information, research, and market intelligence together in an actionable way to make a difference — from small towns in rural Texas to the global electronics workforce.