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Austin Community College - PFEP College of Excellence Winner

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
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We recently announced the winners of our 2018 Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) College of Excellence Award Winners. Today we want to highlight how Austin Community College (TX) is doing a fantastic job increasing entrepreneurs' engagement in community colleges. We asked nominator Tyler Drake, Director of the Bioscience Incubator at the Austin Community College, to share his thoughts. 

Tell us how your college has demonstrated excellence in this area.

"Austin Community College established the ACC Bioscience Incubator, a wet lab and life science business incubator, in Feb. 2017. Through support of a $4.9M economic development grant from the State of Texas, the Bioscience Incubator provides specialized facilities and equipment to startup companies commercializing technologies in biotech and healthcare, while training students for future careers. To date, the Bioscience Incubator has accepted 13 companies and hosted 800 visitors from 10 countries." 

How do you measure and document success? 

"The Bioscience Incubator's mission is twofold: to support central Texas' emerging life science economy, and to train the next generation of workforce. Therefore, we track metrics surrounding company successes such as amounts of investments or grants received, new technologies to market, revenue, and job creation. On the workforce development side we track number of workshops presented, number of attendees, internship outcomes, and interns who gain full-time employment in field."

Interested in connecting with Tyler? Email him at tyler.drake@austincc.edu. You can also listen to our recent webinar with Tyler entitled, "Austin Community College’s Bioscience Incubator: A Novel Method for Economic and Workforce Development". Click here to view the recording and slides.


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