Patenting an invention or trademarking a product name can be challenging. Howard University is one of 85 Federal Patent and Trademark Resource Centers nationwide. PTRC library staff are trained on how to use search tools to help small businesses.

Home to five academic departments, the College equips students with skills in creative design and the application of technological solutions. Professors Legand Burge and Grant Warner run LEAN Startup workshops for any HU student who wants to launch a specific product.

 HU Resources 

With five libraries chockfull of materials for doing research critical to starting or growing a business, the HU Library System is a valuable asset also offering Notary Public services, copying and printing, and a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

The HU Office of the General Counsel works with a technology transfer consultancy to evaluate the commercial potential of the University’s intellectual property and market that intellectual property to industry.

The Communications Entrepreneurship Research and Resource Center (CERRC) serves as an entrepreneurial incubator for students and emerging business owners interested in media and communications entrepreneurial training. 

The Endowed John H. Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship at Howard University was created in 2016 to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship across the campus and throughout the DC community. Monique Greenwood, brand expert, offers open office hours for aspiring business owners.

This student organization meets twice a month so student business owners and those with startup aspirations can network, engage in peer mentoring, benefit from workshops and plan events that showcase the members’ products and services, such as the group’s annual Howard’s Very Own Entrepreneurship Fair.

Established in 2012, ORD’s mission is to: encourage innovative research and creative and scholarly activities; facilitate the planning and development of proposals that secure extramural funding; and coordinate timely dissemination of the research and scholarly achievements of faculty and researchers at the University.

 Community Resources 


The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses

The mission of Small Business Development Center is to promote entrepreneurship, small business growth and the US economy, which is aligned with the mission of HowU Innovate.

IN3 is DC's first community space focused on inclusion, innovation and incubation. We are committed to creating the necessary ramp up for minority-owned companies to go from an idea to an investable opportunity.

Become a corporate sponsor for the 2017-2018 cycle and revel in your contribution towards innovation, creativity, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non-profit, public-private organization whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC.


Students enrolled in arts courses are instantly encouraged to think along the lines of entrepreneurship, business ownership, and consulting within their craft.

Facilitated by Professors Grant Warner and Legand Burge of the College of Engineering, the HowU Innovate BisonStartup and BisonAccelerate Workshops are offered to newly formed businesses of matriculating Howard University students.

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