FAQ


General

What is Startup Shell?

Startup Shell is a student-run incubator that provides a pipeline and network for student-run startups to scale out of the college campus.

Is Startup Shell a school organization?

No, Startup Shell is a student-run non-profit that is located on campus, but operates completely independent from the University of Maryland.

How does Startup Shell make money?

Since Startup Shell takes no equity in its startups, it relies on the support of donations and partnerships.

When was Startup Shell founded?

Startup Shell was founded in 2013 by two student founders who wanted to create a community for other student entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Where can I find contact information for shell leadership?

Glad you asked! You can find that information on our contact page.

Membership

How can I become a member?

You can find out more information on applying for membership here.

Does Startup Shell take equity?

No. There is no fee to join Startup Shell nor do we take any equity from companies.

Who is eligible to apply?

We accept currently enrolled University of Maryland students. The "test" is if you have a UID (University ID) number. If you do, great!

I have a startup idea, can I apply?

We are looking for something more than idea. Read our blog post to learn more about that criteria.

What requirements do member have?

We expect our members to be active community members, but other than that it is really up to you to get the most out of Startup Shell. We offer plenty of ways to get involved, including events and open access to the space. We don't have any mandatory requirements once you're a member, so we find that those who get the most out of the organization are the ones who are consistently utilizing the space.

When can I apply?

Applications are done on a semesterly basis. Every semester Startup Shell publishes applications, reviews them, and accepts a new batch of founders and fellows. Applications typically open during the first few weeks of the semester and close about two weeks later, however this is at the discretion of the current director team.

Events

Can I come to events?

Yes! A majority of Startup Shell events are open to the public. Any event on our events page is open to the public unless otherwise noted.

What type of events are there?

We host talks, workshops, networking events, hackathons, etc.

Can I host an event at Startup Shell?

Yes! Message us so we can work out the details.

Space

Where is the space?

Our space is located on the University of Maryland campus at 387 Technology Dr, College Park, MD 20740. Parking is available in lot CC1, directly outside of our building, for free after 4pm on weekdays and free at all times on weekends. Alternatively, paid visitor parking is available just down the road in Regents Drive Garage. Follow all posted signs. If using public transportation, the easiest way is to take the Green Line Metro to College Park Station. Then take the University of Maryland 104 Bus to Regents Drive Garage (free).

Do I have to be a member to use the space?

For visitors, the space is open 24/7 to everyone as long as a member is present. The building is unlocked Mon-Fri from 9-6pm. Outside of those hours, either ring the doorbell in the phone box at the back door or knock on a window to have someone let you in.

Partnership

How does the partnership process work?

We're glad you asked. All great partnerships start with an email. We'd love to work with you to create a partnership that benefits both Startup Shell and you or your organization.

Do you have defined partnership packages?

We sure do. You can download a PDF of our predefined packages here.

Are the packages the only partnership options?

Nope, we're happy to partner with anyone who shares our entrepreneurial goals. All we ask is that our portfolio companies benefit from the partnership in some way, shape, or form.

Resources

I'm an alum, what do I have acccess to?

Great question! You are guaranteed your @startupshell.org account for life and also have access to many other resources. Check the list out via Startup Shell Docs (login required).

How do I request an @startupshell.org account?

Head over to this form, fill it out, and we'll get you set up.

I'm an alum or current member, is there a list of resources?

Yup there sure is, check out Startup Shell Docs (login required) for the full list & info on how to access them.

I'm an alum or current member, what login is required?

Whenever you see something that requires a login to access, it's likely your @startupshell.org account. If you don't have one, see above ;)