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Cultivate a Startup

The goal of Cultivate is to convert Job Seekers into Job Creators by investing in conception-phase student startups. CAFLS connects business leaders to entrepreneurial faculty who mentor teams working to build employment and investment vehicles while pursuing their degrees.

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Junior Entrepreneurial Fellows

Join a team of like-minded students who are interested in developing a business while studying at Clemson.

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Senior Entrepreneurial Fellows

Mentor a team of students who are pursuing a startup. Access resources and collaborate on teaching research with like-minded faculty.

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Clemson Angel Investors

Mentor and judge student businesses. Sponsor a design competition that aligns with your business goals. Advance Clemson startups through seed funding.

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Student Companies

CAFLS Cultivate is an entrepreneurial program where student teams can secure internal grants and external start-up capital to make their business ideas a reality. Faculty members with business ideas can mentor teams of business-minded students, secure funding and bring their visions to life. And companies with limited resources can seek the assistance of energetic and committed student-faculty business teams to push new products and ideas to market.

CAFLS Student Startups
Mark Burns, Abigale Gibson, and Weston Whitfield 2022 winners of cultivate smiling while accepting a check
students listening to speaker during Spiro Institute startup talk

Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership helps Clemson students, faculty, staff, and alumni develop an entrepreneurial mindset, a way of thinking, motivated by visions of their personal leadership impacts and ownership. Personal fulfillment is at the heart of all our program objectives. We know that personal fulfillment is a prerequisite for enduring wealth creation

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