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Accelerate Your Business with gener8tor St. Thomas

Accelerator Programs

gener8tor at St. Thomas

The classroom teaches the foundation. Then we get to work. That’s how it’s always been done in the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Now, there’s another tool in our kit to build on the foundation and turn your work into a launch.

Welcome to gener8tor at St. Thomas. The nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, set up its gBETA and gALPHA programming on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus to exclusively serve students and alumni bringing their ideas to reality and launching a business.


Megan Baniecke

Director, gener8tor St. Thomas

gener8tor programs at St. Thomas


Develop your own startup venture idea or create one from scratch! gALPHA at St. Thomas is a free, four-week venture creation program that helps entrepreneurially minded students and technologists create startup businesses. Participants can bring an existing startup idea/invention, receive a problem from a local company to solve, or create something from scratch.

This is for current St. Thomas students, recent alumni and faculty, and their teammates.

The program runs for four consecutive weeks every January, during St. Thomas’s J-term. Students can participate in gALPHA while taking a class. They’re expected to commit 10 hours each week to the program, including weekly team meetings and large group sessions. There are two events that feature guest speakers and a pitch party to close out the month.

Interested in learning more? Contact director Megan Baniecke.

Apply to gALPHA!


gBETA St. Thomas offers a suite of opportunities to engage with mentors, coaches, investors and the like, for all students and alumni with an idea for a business. It requires no fees and takes no equity.

The free, seven-week gBETA accelerator is for early-stage companies from any industry or business model. It must be founded and led by St. Thomas students or alumni. The director of the program opens doors for participating companies to gain access to a community of entrepreneurs, coaches, formal relationships with at least two mentors, and provides introductions to investors, venture capitalists and technologists.

The gBETA accelerator runs a cohort five teams at a time. Each team must be led by a current St. Thomas student or alumnus and can come from any field of study.

Apply to gBETA!

Additional gBETA St. Thomas Engagements

You don’t have to be in the gBETA accelerator to participate in gBETA activities. Learn about our office hours, lunchtime events, investor pitches and more. All free for students and alumni.

Office Hours

You don’t have to be in the gBETA accelerator to participate in gBETA activities. Learn about our office hours, lunchtime events, investor pitches and more. All free for students and alumni.

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gBETA Lunch and Learns

gBETA program hosts a free lunch hour open to the broader community. gBETA Lunch & Learns provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the startup world, to network with other entrepreneurs, and to find team members. All gBETA Lunch & Learns feature leading figures in the startup and business community who offer their expertise and advice on a range of topics including startup metrics, fundraising, pitching and more.

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gBETA Pitch Night

gBETA Pitch Night is a pitch showcase featuring recent gBETA alumni. At gBETA Pitch Night, participating gBETA companies give a five-minute pitch in front of a captive audience of potential investors, experienced entrepreneurs, family and friends. gBETA Pitch Night is open to the community and offers a unique opportunity for a range of startups, entrepreneurs and investors to commingle.

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"The St. Thomas gBETA team helped us solve challenges big and small – from identifying time-saving digital sales outreach tools to connecting us with other founders and potential customers. They're a supportive, wonderful team."

Willa's co-founder Christina Dorr Drake '05, St. Thomas gBETA 2021 cohort