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Young Innovators Program

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Clarkson University’s Young Innovators program takes investing in the future of students to an entirely new level. 

Our innovative approach to entrepreneurship and innovation allows students to trade an ownership stake in their company for full tuition.

Young Innovators are identified through the yearly business plan competition; they are students who have some form of intellectual property (e.g. provisional patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, etc.) or who have built a business on an innovative idea.  In lieu of tuition payments, these students attend Clarkson through a combination of merit-based financial aid and the University’s acquisition of a 10% ownership interest in their business ventures. In addition to tuition, students also receive weekly guidance from Shipley Leadership, office space in our Peyton Hall incubator, and Clarkson alumni mentors.