About the Community

Startup LLC ScholarsThe Startup Living Learning Community is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial-minded students. Participants can expect to be immersed in Texas A&M University’s entrepreneurship ecosystem with the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. The Startup LLC meets weekly each semester, introducing students to entrepreneurship through a dynamic, experiential structure.

How do you know if Startup LLC is right for you? Although we welcome all students with a passion and interest in entrepreneurship, no matter their major or college at Texas A&M, here are some signs that you might find a home in Startup LLC:

  1. You started your own business in high school
  2. You are caught up on all 10 seasons of Shark Tank
  3. You always think of solutions to problems, big or small
  4. You think people have the power to change the world
  5. You want to change the world

Residents in Startup LLC are members of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship community. Students have the opportunity to engage with student startup founders at Startup Aggieland*, start a business in three days with 3 Day Startup*, and compete for who has the best Big Idea through the Raymond Ideas Challenge*, all programs of the McFerrin Center.

* through an application process

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Startup Living Learning Community, students must:

  1. Be an incoming freshman of any major.
  2. Complete an online housing application through the Texas A&M University Residence Life myHousing Portal and indicate interest in participating in an LLC.
  3. Include the Startup LLC as one of the top choices on the housing application.
  4. Elaborate as to why you want to be a part of the Startup LLC in the appropriate section of the online housing application.

It is important to note that the Startup LLC is competitive. Students who complete a quality and timely application are given preference.

Program Components

During the fall and spring semesters, Startup LLC participants will attend weekly meetings and regular activities focused on growing a student’s entrepreneurial skill-set.

Weekly meetings expose students to the mindset of entrepreneurship through interaction with successful entrepreneurs and hands-on activities for exploring the 21st century global entrepreneurial economy.

Residents will join successful entrepreneurs in discussions, participate in various leadership trainings, meet for group meals, and go on tours of local small businesses.

A key component for the Startup LLC is the build-your-own-initiative program led by the LLC coordinators. Each semester, students will form teams to identify, design, and implement their own initiative. Former Startup LLC members, upperclassmen involved in the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, and community mentors will assist through the process. Previous BYO-Initiatives include a scavenger hunt of the Brazos Valley and participation in pitch competitions.

Startup LLC students will meet successful Aggie CEOs, investors, startup founders, and other influential entrepreneurs. Once a semester, students will travel as a community to explore the entrepreneurial ecosystem in a Texas City. Previous cities include Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.



During a specific period of time, students selected for this program will be able to choose a roommate(s) from other students selected for the same Living Learning Community. Students may post profiles within myHousing Portal and view responses by other students to their roommate questionnaire (i.e., sleep schedule, noise, cleanliness, etc.).  Following this specific time period, students will be assigned a room with their requested roommate within the block of rooms designated for the Living Learning Community.

Please Note: Starting in the Fall of 2022 there will no longer be a living requirement. Students in this LLC will be able to live anywhere on campus.

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

Affiliated Faculty and Staff Contact Information

Name & Title Department Email Phone
Tyler Jo Reason
(primary contact)
Program Manager
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship  
Brian Matthew
(secondary contact)
Program Manager
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship