American University’s Entrepreneurial Programs Announce Partnership with 1776

Washington, D.C., November 7, 2013 –American University today announced a partnership between three of its schools and 1776, a startup incubator platform based in Washington, D.C. The partnership will serve as a vehicle for collaboration between 1776 and AU, where 1776 will provide these AU academic units access to 1776 Campus programming and events as well as discounted memberships to select AU students and faculty.

American University’s School of Communication (SOC), Kogod School of Business, and School of International Service (SIS) each offer targeted degrees and certificates focused on various areas of entrepreneurship. These include entrepreneurship in media, the creation of sustainable business, nonprofit and social entrepreneurial ventures, and the creation of social enterprises.

“We are thrilled to partner with 1776,” said Dean Jeffrey Rutenbeck of the School of Communication. “SOC, Kogod, and SIS are excited to be part of such a revolutionary and thriving community that is committed to developing the next generation of innovators and supporting key digital players in Washington, D.C.’s, new media landscape.”

“Partnering with colleges and universities is a natural extension of the 1776 platform, and we’re very excited to be working with American University,” said Donna Harris, cofounder of 1776. “Innovation – especially in heavily regulated industries – is challenging and it’s important now more than ever that we equip our student communities to be more entrepreneurial.”

How American University is fostering entrepreneurship

AU’s School of Communication, in a unique partnership with the Kogod School of Business, offers a new MA in Media Entrepreneurship (MAME) program aimed at training the next generation of innovators, managers, and idea leaders to pioneer fresh concepts for delivering news and information. Offered on weekends and nights, it is tailored to the working professional.

The Kogod School of Business offers a broad array of innovative entrepreneurship programs, including undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship specializations and
a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship designed for students seeking to start an entrepreneurial business, take over a family business, or grow an entrepreneurial venture. Kogod’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative seeks to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs through its eLAB Incubator, eLAB Accelerator, and the Kogod School New Venture Fund, open to all American University students.

Based in AU’s School of International Service, the MA in Social Enterprise is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to launch a new social enterprise venture or to play a key leadership role in an existing one. These ventures may be new standalone enterprises or may be contained within existing organizations. It is one of very few such degrees offered worldwide, and the only one offered by a top-ranked school of international relations.

About 1776

1776 is a platform to reinvent America by connecting the hottest startups from around the world with the assets of the most powerful city on earth. In the heart of Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the White House, 1776 is where startups tackling major national challenges in education, energy, health care, government, and other highly regulated industries can engage to build the future of our economy. For more information, visit or follow at @1776dc.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.


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