Startup Factory

What is the Startup Factory?

The Startup Factory is a series of workshops that teach and promote an entrepreneurial mindset, laying the groundwork for your future success. Give the CFE team Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and we will change the way you engage with the world. You will have a permanent competitive advantage in everything that comes next. STARTUP FACTORY HAS GONE VIRTUAL. Please use this Zoom link to connect.

Why the Startup Factory?

You study hard.
You stay involved on campus.
You build a strong resume.
Is that the secret to success?

If so, what sets you apart from the other hard-working, involved students with a strong resume?


Your mindset is the lens that you use to interpret the world around you. An entrepreneurial mindset enables you to recognize opportunities, think like an innovator, see the world from multiple perspectives, and get things done. An entrepreneurial mindset helps you build insight and achieve results. The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) offers the Startup Factory because we know that an entrepreneurial mindset matters. 

Startup Factory Workshop Schedule and Overview

True Colors:  September 1

Start with a peek at yourself. Everyone is unique and brings tools to the game.

What ya' got?

Ideation:  September 8

Where do good business ideas come from and what problems are you uniquely positioned to solve? 

Let’s find out.

Choice:  September 15

Your life is the sum of all your choices.  

Choose wisely.

Opportunity:  September 22

You say problem. I say opportunity.

Observe, evaluate, experiment, adapt.

Action: September 29

There are no biological incentives to do nothing. Put your ideas into action.

Go ahead.  Do it.



Knowledge:  October 6

What problems do you want to solve and what knowledge do you need to solve them? 

Let’s go get it.

Resourcefulness:  October 13

Necessity is the mother of invention. Learn to leverage existing resources to achieve your goals.

Reliability:  October 20

80% of success is showing up. Build a reputation as someone others can count on.

Do what you say you will do.

Community:  October 27

Learn the power of a network for guidance and support.

Give a little. Get a little.

Over and over again.

Persistence:  November 3

Determination is the fundamental difference between success and failure. Pivot, adjust, adapt, but never give up. 

The end.