Founders Application

We like to think this goes without saying, but please read all of the information on this page. We provide it to help you submit the best application.
  • You have a venture that is more than an idea
    We have limited space and resources and want to accept people who will make best use of them. How you define a venture is up to you, whether it's a software company, nonprofit, art project, or something we haven't thought of yet.
  • Your venture must have growth potential
    We want to help startups grow and scale, so plan on advancing your project beyond it's current state.
  • You must be a student at the University of Maryland
    At the time of your application, all undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply regardless of major or college.
  • Come to Events
    Shell Talks or Grind Nights are great ways to get to know current members and the values of Startup Shell. The more the better. Check out our event page, or just come work in our space! Our open house is a great opportunity to get to know us
  • Engage
    Ask questions, share ideas, or introduce yourself in our community platform.
Membership grants you 24/7 swipe access to our co-working space and access to our resources. Swipe remains active for one semester after leaving the university. Should you not be accepted for membership, we still invite you to join us at our public events and reapply in the future.

If you apply as a group or startup team, your team will only be admitted in full so as to not fragment team leadership. All founders must complete an application and only co-founders (or key decision makers) are eligible for membership. However, team members, employees, and interns are more than welcome to work out of the space when it is open or if another Shell member is present.
Our resources help startups grow. This list is constantly growing and we'd love to hear what we can add to help you further.
  • Community of Entrepreneurs
  • 24/7 swipe access to co-working space
  • Access to the Prototyping Lab
  • Invites to member events
  • Free legal advising
  • Assistance with incorporation and patents
  • Personal storage in co-working space
  • Subscriptions to various web products
  • Partnerships and resources with companies like DigitalOcean and AWS
  • Meeting space in conference room
Some details about you

Some basic information about you to keep track of your application

This is the number, not the username.
Venture Information
We'll use this as the primary email to contact your venture. You can use an email address for a single person or one that forwards to your entire team.
Describe your venture in one sentence (If someone on your team has provided an answer to this question already, please write N/A)
(If someone on your team has provided an answer to this question already, please write N/A)
Just a few more about you
(Portfolios, blogs, personal websites, etc) One link per line, please.
And that's it.

You've reached the end of the application! Expecting more? Sorry to disappoint ;)

All updates will be in our community site. Check your inbox! You've been invited to the community.

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