Shelly Brenckman co-founded Startup Aggieland in 2012, an award-winning campus business accelerator at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The accelerator is a signature program of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Mays Business School. The Mays graduate co-launched the McFerrin Center's award-winning Dormcubator (2013) with Residence Life and UPC Retail Incubator (2015) with Mays Professor Don Lewis, among the faculty co-founders of Startup Aggieland. In 2016, Startup Aggieland was ranked 5th in the U.S. and Canada by NY-based GUST for Most Active Accelerators. Startup Aggieland ranked 14th globally in 2016 by GUST and 9th globally in 2017 by Stockholm-based UBI Global. Startup Aggieland was named 9th among "10 of The World's Best Business Startup Labs" in 2018 by London-based BusinessBecause among the world's Top 10 incubators in 2018. From 2015-2016, Shelly taught MGMT 289: Introduction to Entrepreneurship at Mays for freshmen and sophomores of all majors. In 2016, her students swept 70 percent of the cash awards at the annual Raymond Ideas Challenge in competition with graduate and PhD students across campus. From 2016-2017, Shelly taught the standing room only "Unclass" at Startup Aggieland for students of all majors, introducing them to Lean Startup and Entreprneurial Mindset. Several students in Shelly's class co-launched early stage ventures which raised seed rounds of up to $1 Million and one of the freshmen-founded startups was acquired for $750,000 in 2018 by a publicly traded media company. Startup Aggieland has helped students and non-students to launch more than 300 ventures which have raised and/or generated more than $70 million (all sources of funding), secured more than 40 patents and created an estimated 200 PT and FT jobs. Student entrepreneurs have won numerous awards and traveled for free to Hong Kong, Seattle, Palm Springs, Orlando, Kansas City, New Orleans, Silicon Valley, New York, Havana and around the State of Texas. According to McFerrin Center Executive Director Richard Lester, Shelly was "instrumental" in helping the center to raise a nearly $15 million from four donors. In 2018, Shelly was selected by Professor Lester to represent the McFerrin Center in Nova Scotia at the annual conference for the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers -- where peers from other entrepreneurship centers named the McFerrin Center as the annual recipient of a global award for student engagement. From 2010 - 2013, Shelly served as Vice President of Development & Communications during the launch of Aggie Angel Network, also a McFerrin Center signature program. In 2013, Shelly launched the Texas A&M Chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and served as adviser for five years. During that time, the CEO Chapter was three times named to the Top 3 Chapters among more than 250 chapters globally. From 2013-2019, Shelly served as the advisor to seven recognized student organizations at Texas A&M University. Shelly is currently affiliated with Texas A&M's College of Engineering, but collaborating on projects with the Vice Chancellor of Research at the A&M System and advising organizations affiliated with the School of Innovation, College of Architecture and College of Education & Human Development. Her annual High School Entrepreneurship Camp at Startup Aggieland, in its' third year, is a five-day residential program in collaobration with NASA and Roku through the Youth Adventure Program at Texas A&M's College of Education. Shelly serves as Director of the Startup Grind X Chapter at Texas A&M, launched in 2015 and backed by Google for Startups; and as Curator of Techstars' Startup Digest in Bryan-College Station. Shelly is the 2015 International Brand Master and a 2015 Legacy Award recipient from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University. She also is a 2015 Fish Camp Namesake and the 2013 inaugural recipient of the McFerrin Center's Brenckman Bulldog Award for selfless service.