Our Incubator serves as a launching pad for students who have ideas for creative solutions they want to make real. Students are encouraged to apply in multi-disciplinary teams for funds and other support to pursue their projects.  Accepted teams receive opportunities for training, funding, and project-focused mentorship from current F&M faculty and staff.  The F&M Incubator is managed in partnership between the Creativity, Innovation, & the Future of Work and Entrepreneurship @ F&M initiatives.

Students teams in the Fall 2021 Incubator worked on a number of exciting projects, including:

  • Improving helathcare connections between underserved patients and their providers;
  • Exploring a solution for better college course registration systems; 
  • Creating an app that allows you to rapidly connect with people within a one mile radius;
  • Developing a proposal to Lancaster for a tiny-home village to serve the homeless population;
  • Creating an online shop for all of your customizeable needs;
  • Emphasizing the importance of social justice education through a self-care company. 

In February 2022, we accepted applications from a new cohort of multidisciplinary student teams. Here are the student teams accepted into the Spring 2022 F&M Incubator:

  • Ocha ( Ojima Abraham, Lennin Antunish & Amara Donzo)
    • Helping cleaning professionals become independent from cleaning companies. We give cleaners the freedom to create their own schedule and maximize their potential earnings.
  • RentEd (Ojima Abraham, Gyana Guity, Iyanu Ogunsola, Shahina Tojieva)
    • Create a community of college students to find affordable off-campus housing options during the off-season (summer/winter). 
  • Just Gift It (Mehar Duggal)
    • A combination of Uber and Instacart which involves developing an app/website that provides the service of having a person buy a gift for an individual. The customer will then also have the option to have it girt wrapped or add a card.
  • Dibs (Ojima Abraham, Justin Kupa, Saad Mahboob)
    • An app which promotes social investment because it encourages people to donate to community members nearby and allows local businesses to advertise their company and various promotions through the app's geolocation data.
  • Food for Thought (Rachel Caruso, Hunter Conrad, Galy Di Giulio)
    • Designing a sustainable education initiative for McCaskey students that provides them a connection to F&M and an opportunity to learn about how food impacts social and environmental sustainability

How the Incubator Works 

The Incubator is open to students at various stages of developing their ideas into full-fledged products and non-profit organizations. Depending upon where each team is in the development process, they may receive mentoring, specialized support, and/or project funding as members of the Incubator. Incubator participants also attend a series of workshops on customer identification, design thinking, marketing, legal considerations,  and other topics.   

Each semester, individual students or students teams must apply to participate in that semester's Incubator. The Spring  2022 Incubator application is due February 5.  Follow this link to view the application form. 

   

How to Apply 

The Incubator accepts new applications at the start of each semester.  The deadline for Incubator applications for Spring 2022 is February 5. 

To apply, individuals or teams must submit a completed Incubator Application Form