Innovation Lab and Team Resources


The McGuire Innovation Lab is not your typical student space.

The Innovation Lab contains a collaborative workspace, a maker space, and two private meeting rooms, all of which are available to McGuire New Venture Development Program students 24/7.


The CoLab is a modern, high-energy, open work space that is perfect for cooperative new venture team project work. Whether students are brainstorming basic ideas, diving into discussion, or collaborating on creative tasks, the CoLab has a space that’s a perfect fit to foster their work.

CoLab Features:

  • Round tables for discussion
  • Tall tables with shared monitors for collaborative task work
  • Lounge areas for teams to kick back and let the creativity flow
  • Mounted glass boards and rolling white boards
  • Wide-screen monitors with every kind of adaptor

Maker Space

The Innovation Lab features a Maker Space with cutting-edge tools and technologies that empower students to engage in rapid prototyping, creative design, multimedia production, advanced programming, and more. Maker Space hardware and software are available 24/7 on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Maker Space Materials:

  • 3D Scanner
  • 3D Printer
  • 3D Laser Printer
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Touch
  • VR Headsets
  • Drone
  • Creative Cloud
  • Drawing Tablet
  • Mac and PCs
  • Printer
  • AV Equipment 

Meeting Rooms 

McGuire Program students may reserve a breakout room for meetings or conference calls with Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, legal advisors, investors, advisors, etc.

  • Seating for six
  • White board
  • Wall-mounted wide-screen monitors 

Team Resources

Below is a list of national competitions where you can compete for prizes to support your venture. 

The podcast industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and starting a podcast is easier than ever. But how do you stand out in the space and create a successful podcast? The Hippo Direct Entrepreneurship Podcast Competition is for college Entrepreneurship students to create the best business podcast concept. Are you up for the challenge?

Winners will receive a FREE podcasting package worth $1,000 – including a podcasting kit plus ongoing podcast coaching from Max Branstetter, Host & Producer of the Wild Business Growth Podcast. Brought to you by Hippo Direct, the team behind the Wild Business Growth Podcast and Direct Mail Mania (coming soon).

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Teams have the chance to share over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources to catalyze and grow their business.For student teams, this two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition empowers collegiate entrepreneurs from across the globe. A bonus day is offered for teams to receive additional feedback.  This journey of personal and professional development includes expert mentorship and coaching towards sustainable business plans.  In addition, student entrepreneurs gain exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators. Buckle up! The final destination for this adventure is a thriving business impacting the world.

The deadline to apply is November 1st 2019. 

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8 teams will make it to SXSW. Will yours be one of them?

Applications for Student Startup Madness with finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) are now open. Get your application in early for a better chance to make it to the first round! All the competition and application information can be found in their press release

Have a digital media startup from a college or university in the United States? Apply here.

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