Auburn University Program Helps Entrepreneurs and Startups Turn Their Product Ideas into Initial Prototypes

Are you an entrepreneur or a startup (or do you know one) that could benefit from early stage product or graphic design assistance? To help innovators and entrepreneurs in Alabama, Auburn University’s EDA University Center has partnered with Auburn's School of Industrial and Graphic Design (SIGD) to provide early stage prototype concept development. Auburn’s Industrial Design's graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked in the top ten degree programs nationally by DesignIntelligence. HOW Magazine, a highly respected graphic design publication, includes SIGD's Graphic Design Program in its list of top design education programs in the country. The School's design program has recently helped nationally known companies solve their product and design challenges including Emerson, Rubbermaid, and Vanity Fair.

How does the program work?

Depending on your challenge and need, Auburn students can provide you with design assistance and rough prototypes in a cost-effective manner. A mutually agreeable schedule will be developed along with potential costs to complete the work and purchase concept prototype materials. Entrepreneurs or startups interested in assistance will need to:

  • Be located in Alabama.
  • Have a tangible product (with human interaction) or software design or be in need of graphic design that would ultimately help create new sales and jobs.
  • Travel to Auburn University to discuss needs with a potential student(s).
  • Cover costs associated with developing your prototype.

If your startup meets these requirements, please click the link below to fill out our request form. You will be contacted to further discuss possible assistance.


Design Assistance Request Form

Last Updated: October 8, 2020