Summer StartUp

Want to work in a group of 3-4 students to create a startup? In summer startup, you'll come up with an idea, develop a prototype, develop a pitch, and present your startup to a variety of audiences. You'll need to be totally committed to (A) working in a group and (B) self-teaching/self-learning new skills, e.g., new programming environments, business research, communication skills, etc. 

Name of research group, project, or lab
Summer StartUp
Why join this research group or lab?

Summer start-up projects have been running since 2015, challenging small teams to see a business idea from spark to prototype-and-plan. The projects are student-created and -driven, including learning the technologies involved and using them to develop a minimum-viable-product that captures a new idea. 

Logistics Information:
Project categories
Computer Science
Student ranks applicable
Student qualifications

No technical background beyond cs5 is needed. Working remotely, as we did in 2020 and seems likely in 2021, it's essential to be committed to working in a team, as well as to self-teaching/self-learning new skills.

Time commitment
Summer - Full Time
Paid Research
Number of openings
Techniques learned

Many of summer-startup's business ideas involve a web interface. All or most of our groups self-develop webdev skills and other technical expertise that branches from there: about 75-80% of time is spent in that technical space. The other 20-25% of time is spent bigger-picture: developing, presenting, and refining the business ideas.

Informal presentations are frequent. Past teams have presented at two HMC Entrepreneurial Network meetings, when they meet each fall.

Contact Information:
Mentor name
Zach Dodds
Mentor email
Mentor position
Name of project director or principal investigator
Zach Dodds
Email address of project director or principal investigator
6 sp. | 38 appl.
Hours per week
Summer - Full Time
Project categories
Computer Science