Now that the D.C. area is full of burgeoning startups ready to take over the techie world, universities are doing their best to hop on the train to success by giving their students the resources necessary to build effective businesses from the ground up. They seek to inspire and encourage their young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs to innovate, create, and thrive as leaders with their fledgling ventures proving that they too can revolutionize the future of America. University of Maryland has been recognized for its commitment to supporting entrepreneurship on campus much thanks to business competitions like Cupid’s Cup, and now American University is joining the ranks of colleges working toward making innovation a main priority on school grounds.

AU announced the partnership today with three of its schools and 1776, the hot startup incubator platform nestled in the center of the District. AU will offer students access to 1776 Campus programming and events, while also providing membership discounts to select AU students and faculty. This ambitious partnership will surely serve as an incentive for the AU community to learn the values of entrepreneurship and hopefully provoke them to try their hand at the craft too.

As AU’s School of Communication, Kogod School of Business, and School of International Service each offer a slew of entrepreneurship programs, it only seems fitting that the school allow students to really explore the industry they’re interested in entering into after graduation day. Sure, AU touts a new MA in Media Entrepreneurship, Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and MA in Social Enterprise, but it’s the hands-on experience due to be offered through this partnership with 1776 that will serve as a great learning tool for the movers and shakers of tomorrow.

“We are thrilled to partner with 1776,” said Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean of the School of Communication.“SOC, Kogod, and SIS are excited to be part of such a revolutionary and thriving community that is committed to developing the next generation of innovators and supporting key digital players in Washington, D.C.’s, new media landscape.”

Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776, shares the same enthusiasm about this new relationship formed between the co-working space and AU.

“Partnering with colleges and universities is a natural extension of the 1776 platform, and we’re very excited to be working with American University,” she said. “Innovation – especially in heavily regulated industries – is challenging and it’s important now more than ever that we equip our student communities to be more entrepreneurial.”

This is only the beginning of what’s sure to be an advantageous collaboration between the tech force and D.C. school. AU is clearing working to revamp its image as a university invested in the entrepreneurial realm and 1776 may just be the resourceful incubator it needs to reinforce its status as an institution invested in supporting out-of-the-box, forward-thinking ideas. AU intends to be a breeding ground for entrepreneurs, that much is clear.