Cultivating Next-Generation Innovators
The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (ELLC) connects BSU to the community. With housing for 500+ students, retail space and resources for entrepreneurs, the ELLC is a real-world innovation hub that encourages creative collaboration and entrepreneurial thinking.
Here are the key features of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community:
Modern residence for 500+ students
Double- and single-occupancy suites with kitchenettes, as well as technology-infused classrooms, a fitness center, lounges and study spaces.
Student businesses and makerspaces
Students have the opportunity to develop their business aspirations and explore their ideas for new invention in specialized spaces infused with the latest technology.
Home to innovation centers
The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community is home to the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy and the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), the first business accelerator located at a Maryland historically black college or university (HBCU). The Entrepreneurship Academy offers programs and activities to give students the tools to launch their own businesses and think innovatively in the workplace.
Public retail space
As a campus anchor designed to welcome the community to the campus, retail space will be available for the public to enjoy.
• Water-conserving plumbing fixtures
• Energy-efficient lighting and controls, including daylight access
• Storm water management
• Local building materials supplied within a 500 mile radius
• Green housekeeping standards, including recycling collection bins
• Electric vehicle charging stations
$42M public-private partnership
The construction is substantially funded with tax-exempt bonds through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. The contractors are:
- Balfour Beatty Construction, an industry leader for 85+ years
- Smoot Construction, a minority-owned general contractor
- Design Collective, Inc., an award-winning design firm