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Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community

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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.


Building Highlights

Here are the key features of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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     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.



    Sustainability Features

    • 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