About the Community

Startup ScholarsStartup Living Learning Community offers entrepreneurial students an opportunity to launch a lean startup during freshman year while exploring Texas A&M University’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Startup Scholars, the LLC participants, meet successful Aggie CEOs, investors and startup founders. Startup students may also compete in pitch competitions locally, regionally and nationally.


  1. All incoming high school students of any major.
  2. Admission to Startup LLC is by competitive application via the housing application.

Program Components

Startup Scholars are expected to attend seminars featuring Aggie executives from the West Coast who fly in to meet with our Startup Scholars throughout the fall and spring semesters. Past guests have included: Silicon Valley Bank CFO Michael Descheneaux (Silicon Valley); Venrock Founder and Partner Emeritus/RedSeal CEO Ray Rothrock (Silicon Valley); ROKU CEO Anthony Wood (Silicon Valley); and Amazon SVP UX Design Brian Kralyevich (Seattle). Fireside Chat meetups offered on Sunday nights in the Startup Lounge have included former KMCO CEO Artie McFerrin and former CEO Academy Sports + Outdoors Rodney Faldyn, among others. A flipped classroom experience for freshmen means that first-year students get to arrange live streaming for each seminar, are responsible for introductions and host speakers in a “Startup Grind” format.
In the spring, Startup Scholars use ideas developed during the fall and launch startups based on those ideas. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the patent process. (All intellectual property belongs to the students.) A major part of Startup activities involve meeting successful Aggie CEOs, CFOs and CMOs, Lead Engineers and other executives for such companies as Silicon Valley Bank, Rackspace, IBM, Google, Facebook and more. Students are invited to participate in a spring trip to San Antonio by charter bus with lunch or dinner at Tower of the Americas. Startup LLC participates in entrepreneurial service activities such as Lemonade Day. Startup LLC students will be able to participate in AggiesInvent, 3-Day Startup, Ideas Challenge and Food+City Challenge. Startup LLC students consistently receive recognition locally, regionally and nationally for winning pitch competitions—while maintaining solid GPAs.


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Student Stories

The Startup LLC has provided numerous opportunities for incoming freshman – ranging from speakers to social events with up-and-coming entrepreneurs to competitions showcasing the creative and entrepreneurial abilities of resident students.”
Alec Calvillo ‘19
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Affiliated Faculty and Staff Contact Information

Name Title Department Email Phone
Shelly Brenckman Lecturer and Marketing Coordinator Mays Business School 979.862.3248