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The SELL Incubator is an 8-week program designed to help student-run social businesses test and develop products to reach MVP stage.

Student-Run

Each stage of SELL Fellowship is run entirely by the SELL Board, a group of changemakers passionate about social impact.

Access to Mentors

Fellows regularly meet with professional mentors for guidance that supplements the SELL curriculum.

Curated Curriculum

All Incubator Fellowship curriculum is put together by the SELL Board and carefully iterated on each semester.

Opportunity for Funding

At the end of the Incubator Fellowship, all Junior Fellows have the opportunity to earn non-dilutive funding.

INCUBATOR SPOTLIGHT

POP Social App

Yoon Lee, the founder of POP Social App, went through the Incubator Fellowship in Spring 2019, where he tested his idea and began to build a team for his social venture. In 2020, Yoon and his team launched POP nationally.

INCUBATOR SPOTLIGHT

H2Lotto

Chris Roper, the creator of H2Lotto, went through the Incubator Fellowship in Fall 2019. Chris is passionate about clean water access; he used his time in the Incubator to test whether or not people who don't have access to clean water will buy bottled water given an incentive.

Elements of the Incubator Fellowship

The second stage of the fellowship is an opportunity for fellows to test the ideas they developed in the Ideator. Once accepted into the Incubator, Junior Fellows must complete the following to become Senior Fellows.

After completing the Incubator Fellowship, Senior Fellows have the opportunity to scale their venture in the third and final stage of SELL Fellowship: the Accelerator.

Product Testing and Development

Incubator fellows are guided through the product testing and development process – iterating proof-of-concepts and prototypes to ultimately reach Minimum Viable Product stage.

Workshops

Incubator workshops, where SELL curriculum is taught, are twice per week for two hours each. The workshops are broken down into the following categories: Enterprise, Product, and Launch. First, fellows learn the practices and business fundamentals needed to build out an idea into a sustainable enterprise. Alongside building a fellow’s entrepreneurial acumen, they learn the essential principles of product design and development needed to build out Proof-of-Concepts, prototypes, and MVPs. Then, fellows are introduced to the tools and experiences that are common components of launching early-stage ventures.

In the spring, Incubator workshops are Monday and Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM. In the Fall, Incubator workshops are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions consist of three different types of one on one meetings. The three types of Breakout Sessions are:

  • Navigation Sessions: hour-long meetings for personal development with a SELL Officer or Executive Board member.
  • Development Sessions: hour-long check-ins with the Ideator Fellow Development Lead to go over where Junior Fellows are in the SELL curriculum. 
  • Mentorship Sessions: meetings with external SELL partners and alumni to help Junior Fellows learn about the entrepreneurial world outside of SELL and receive further guidance.

Breakout Sessions provide Junior Fellows with an opportunity to gain individualized guidance and mentorship from an experienced SELL Executive or Officer Board Members or Community Mentors.

Events

Multiple networking events entitles Changemakers Connect, are held to help SELL Junior Fellows find potential team members and co-founders to add to their growing social businesses.

SELL Your Impact: Pitch Competition
As a capstone event, all Incubator fellows and their respective teams compete in the SELL Your Impact: Pitch Competition. This event is open to any UT student-run social venture. Applications to compete in SYI open every semester. Check our social media pages for more information regarding deadlines.

SELL Your Impact Pitch Competition is April 17, 2021

SELL Your Impact:
Pitch Competition

At the end of each semester, SELL hosts a pitch competition that is open to all UT student-run social ventures. This competition, SELL Your Impact (SYI) is where social ventures have the opportunity to earn non-dilutive funding.

Applications to compete at SELL Your Impact Pitch Competition will open in March.

Capstone

The Incubator Team

From curating curriculum to handling the logistics of SELL Your Impact, the Incubator Fellowship wouldn't be possible without this team.

INCUBATOR DIRECTOR
Yasmine Young
FELLOW DEVELOPMENT LEAD
Grace Nguyen
FELLOW DEVELOPMENT LEAD
Mansi Parikh
EVENTS + LOGISTICS LEAD
Yuki Ebashi