The Samford Startup student-led business incubator program creates a supportive environment for students to launch and/or run their own business.

This community of like-minded individuals provides opportunities for students to learn more about business, enterprise and innovation. Through the program, students will gain an understanding of how to fully embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, enabling them to expand upon their creativity and develop problem solving skills for facing issues and uncertainty. By embracing a broad view of entrepreneurship, doors will open for students to be innovative in a wide variety of contexts, whether they have aspirations or intentions of opening up their own business or not.

Samford Startup Membership

Residency in the Samford Startup space is open to all Samford University students—business and nonbusiness majors. Residents are provided an office in the Samford Startup space in Cooney Hall, which allows them a physical place to launch and run their business without incurring large startup costs. In addition, residents have access to limited funding to support their business operations. Residents have the chance to connect with experts across campus, in the local community, and within the expanded Samford network to bring experience, insights and opportunities for these student entrepreneurs. Regular discussions with professionals might focus on branding, pricing, financial modeling, customer service, leadership, or a variety of other topics in which students wish to concentrate.

If residency is full, a limited number of affiliate memberships are available. Affiliate members are embraced as a core part of the incubator program. While they don’t have a formal office space in Cooney Hall, affiliates gain access to the same meeting spaces, discussions and networking opportunities available to the resident members.

Contact the Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, Matt Mazzei, to apply for residency in the program.

Meet the Residents

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Resident: Aubrey Kirkland
Major: Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Year: Senior
Business: Emerson Jane Paper Co. is a unique product line of custom stickers, stationery, digital prints, invitations for weddings, events or parties, as well as hand-made home and wedding décor.
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Perry Ash, Entrepreneur

Resident: Ash Perry
Major: Finance
Year: Sophomore
Business: Howl Services LLC connects high school and college students with various odd job tasks in the communities in which they live through an on-demand booking app.
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Resident: David Yancey
Major: Accounting
Year: Senior
Business: ListX provides marketing materials for realtors including photography, videography, 3D tours, and digital marketing services.
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Resident: Haley Batson
Major: Marketing (Studio Art minor)
Year: Senior
Business: Sunshine & Color Inc., a specialty company that offers custom watercolor portraits, houses, and pet paintings, re-creating special memories and moments with friends and family.
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Meet the Affiliates

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Affiliate: Kaitlin McDermott
Major: Finance and Marketing
Year: Junior
Business: My Marketing Degree works to condense a business' visual aesthetics, values and story into a 60 second or less video.
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Affiliate: Riann Laux
Major: Prebusiness
Year: Sophomore
Business: Six Two Five Co. promotes worry-free wear for young women who struggle with body image challenges.
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Affiliate: Kylie Pitt
Major: Marketing
Year: Senior
Business: Revenge The Label is an online clothing store for women of all ages, sizes, shapes, ethnicities and colors which seeks to give power back to women and help boost their confidence with a cute outfit.
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Affiliate: Bradley Tadeo-Orozco
Major: Accounting
Year: Junior
Business: D'Fiesta Couture and D' Fiesta Western Wear is a brick-and-mortar retailer offering a wide range of products from exotic western wear boots and accessories to prom and wedding dresses.
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Testimonial

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“Samford Startup was a God-wink for me in Brock School of Business—a true blessing I didn’t see coming. Business school was not part of ‘my plan’ before I found Samford, but when my greeting card hobby turned into a business before college, I felt the nudge to press in and learn more...

...I am so grateful for Samford Startup to be part of my Samford story and growth as a business owner. Throughout four years as a student and resident, Samford Startup served as a bridge connecting school life with business owner life. I had opportunities to compete in business competitions and win startup funding, establish an LLC, trademark my company’s name, and meet with professors and mentors to share advice along the way. During my senior year I worked with Brock School of Business to create Samford Startup’s name, branding and extension of the program framework. It was an exciting and gratifying experience to continue my own entrepreneurial endeavors while helping develop this program that so greatly helped me. I am confident Samford Startup will be a bridge and launchpad for many more student entrepreneurs to come!”

Ashley Steiner Gossett ’19 | Founder/Owner, Winnefred Austin