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The SMU Incubator is a dedicated business workspace that exists to encourage and facilitate the formation and growth of new businesses. The space provides a collaborative environment ideal for interaction with customers, mentors and entrepreneurs.

Whether for profit or not-for-profit, technology-based, products or services, all types of entrepreneurial enterprises are welcome.

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The SMU Incubator is a dedicated business workspace that exists to encourage and facilitate the formation and growth of new businesses. The space provides a collaborative environment ideal for interaction with customers, mentors and entrepreneurs.
Whether for profit or not-for-profit, technology-based, products or services, all types of entrepreneurial enterprises are welcome.
The SMU Incubator is exclusively for SMU students, faculty and staff who are serious about starting and growing entrepreneurial enterprises.
The SMU Incubator is a short walk from the SMU main campus across Central Expressway, conveniently located in Mockingbird Station: Foundry Club, 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 122.

Foundry Club is an international entrepreneurship organization that serves entrepreneurs and business professionals by providing its members with business space, concierge services, and innovative programming. Foundry Club accepts entrepreneurs working on businesses, from start-ups to IPO, on various membership levels depending on the amount of time, space and services required by the business. Because Foundry Club’s population consists of entrepreneurs and support teams engaging in start-ups, business accelerators, and investment groups, networking possibilities are enabled.

There are currently two Foundry Clubs in operation, one in Mockingbird Station, Dallas, TX, USA and the other in Beijing, China. Soon to open are clubs in the historic downtown Dallas High School, and in Richardson, Grapevine, and Houston.

The Foundry Club in Mockingbird Station contains executive suites, collaborative workspaces, event spaces and informal kitchens and lounges.
Foundry Club and SMU Incubator members in good standing have access to all Foundry Club locations.

The SMU Incubator is a state of the art, brightly lit, co-working environment conducive to ideation, business team building and collaboration, and early stage start-ups. It contains a large group space, break-out spaces, and a co-working area. Additional highlights include:

  • Presentation spaces for workshops, pitching practice, guest speakers, panel discussions, one-on-one consulting, and other educational and mentoring purposes;
  • Room for networking sessions and special events;
  • Moveable and stationary whiteboard write-on walls for brainstorming, planning and collaborating;
  • Moveable and removable furniture so that the space can be configured in a host of ways; and
  • Charging stations and free Wi-Fi.
  • Adjacent to the SMU Incubator, there is a multi-purpose common area with:
  • Foyer that is a casual reception area that leads to the other rooms;
  • Group training room with A/V that is a large enough to seat 12-14;
  • Conference room with A/V, a medium-sized space that seats 6;
  • Kitchen gathering space with a large island and plenty of space for members to store their own kitchen supplies and food. It contains a refrigerator, microwave, counter, lockers, and cubbies to store private items; and
  • Workroom that is both copy central, and an informal ideation and meeting area.

Mockingbird Station is a secured building open for business Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and after hours or on holidays by card access.
Foundry Club floors and offices require passcodes to enter. The SMU Incubator also requires a dedicated access card for entry.
Mockingbird Station has a full-time security guard on site. In addition, Foundry Club employs a full-time manager available during Foundry Club work hours.

Accepted applicants will be charged a fee of 25$ to use the SMU Incubator.
Foundry Club charges each member $35 to activate their access card. The fee is refunded upon return of the card.
There are optional fees for photocopying, long-distance teleconferencing, and rental of any of the dedicated offices on the upper floors, should those services be necessary. There is no cost for using Foundry Club’s common co-working desks on the upper floors.

There are a number of benefits to becoming a SMU Incubator member. SMU has committed to providing budding and seasoned entrepreneurs office space and support for ideation, start-ups and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

SMU Incubator members have a furnished, professional environment to:

  • Office, with an established address to conduct business;
  • Develop a professional working relationship with team members and build the “right” team;
  • Host company meetings to meet with potential customers, collaborators, and vendors;
  • Interact with mentors, advisors, consultants and other entrepreneurs;
  • Pitch concepts to investors, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Engage with other entrepreneurially-minded SMU students, faculty and staff as well as Foundry Club entrepreneurs;
  • Grow a professional network;
  • Host group training sessions that address specific or broad-based issues; and
  • Hold special events related to business interests.