SpartUp Incubator

The words Spart and Up with a cartoon style paper plane soaring upward across the top left corner of the U, a dotted line indicating its flight path"When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
                                                                   – Henry Ford


Spartans represent a diverse demographic where access to support, networks, systems and opportunities for entrepreneurship are limited. The SJSU SpartUp Incubator Program provides a unique experiential environment for Spartan entrepreneurs to learn and practice real-world entrepreneurial skills that position them to succeed as startup founders and principals, employees, and commercializing researchers.

The SpartUp Incubator is a collaborative ecosystem joining SJSU Research & Innovation, University Programs, and Community Organizations. Together we provide a web of support for the Spartan Entrepreneur, our Spartaneur, along the startup journey – from idea, through prototype, to planning and fundraising. 

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When you join the SpartUp Incubator Program we will help you to understand and practice the founder’s journey: 

  • How to find and develop ideas
  • How to discover and develop customers
  • How to build and test prototypes
  • How to plan and scale your startup
  • How to pitch to investors and raise money

We do this through a series of stages, coupled with real-world connections and mentorship, meaningful grants and cohort scholarships.

Become a member and join us as we kindle the imaginations of our diverse population of Spartaneurs.

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