University Startups Privacy Policy 

Effective Date: December 2021

This privacy policy describes how University Startups (“USU,” “we,” or “us”) may collect, use, and share personal information through our website located at and our other websites and blogs that link directly to this policy (collectively, the “site”). For additional information about the site, please see our Terms of Use.

Information We Collect

Personal Information

When you use our site, you may voluntarily provide personal information. Personal information is information that can be directly associated with a specific person without additional information, such as your name, email address, birthday, phone number, or mailing address. If you use the registration form that we provide, you may also provide employment or educational information that is linked to your personal information. For example, you may provide this information to us when you register to take a class, apply for or post a job, apply to participate in a mentoring program, fill out surveys, register for an event, sign up for our e-newsletter, send us an email, or otherwise provide information to us.  You also may use most features of the site without providing this information, but you may have limited access to certain features and content.

We do not intend to collect personal information from a child under the age of 13 without the permission of a parent or guardian. If a child under the age of 13 provides his or her information, we will follow up with that child to request a parent or guardian’s contact information, and we will endeavor to contact the parent or guardian to request consent. If consent is not obtained, then we will delete the child’s information.

If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided information to us without the consent of a parent or guardian, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases. Separately, if we determine through other mechanisms that a child under the age of 13 has provided information to us without the consent of a parent or guardian, we will delete that information from our databases.

Technical Information

In addition to personal information, we may also gather technical information automatically when you use the site, including but not limited to, IP address or domain name, operating system, Internet service provider, browser type, pages visited, the date and time of your visit, your use of the site during your current session or over time (including the pages you view and the files you download), your software or hardware attributes (such as device IDs, device OS or device type), and other activities on the site, device type, and time and date of visit. We may use cookies or similar technologies to collect such information. You may be able to set your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent or to refuse cookies altogether, but certain features of this site might not work without cookies. See the Digital Advertising & Analytics section to learn more about the use of this information.

Information Use

We may use personal information, for example, to:

  • Maintain, operate, customize, and improve the site;
  • Communicate with users;
  • Carry out our mission and purposes, such as facilitating member or program attendee enrollment;
  • Respond to requests for information;
  • Provide updates, surveys, newsletters, and other content that may be of interest to you;
  • Engage in statistical analysis, research, and other analytical activities;
  • Monitor the site for compliance with our terms of service and the law; and
  • Carry out other purposes disclosed at the time of collection. 

Information Sharing

We may share personal information consistent with applicable law:

  • With your consent or as disclosed by you;
  • Third party service providers that assist us, such as to process membership fees, send mailings, and for other operational services;
  • Pursuant to a court order, subpoena, warrant, or when otherwise required by law, or in response to a law enforcement request;
  • To protect our rights and the rights or safety of third parties, including to protect the security and integrity of the site; and
  • To facilitate the financing, insuring, merger, acquisition, sale, assignment, bankruptcy, or other disposal of all or part of our organization or assets.

If you decide to participate in social sharing features of the site, such as by commenting on social media or a blog post, the information you provide will be available to other USU partners and/or the general public. We may share technical information, as well as any other information that has been de-identified so that it does not identify you personally, without restriction.

Third-Party Links

This site may contain links or references to other websites that are operated by third parties, including social media platforms. We also may occasionally direct you to a third-party website, such as Paperforms or Eventbrite to register or partake in events. Please note that these websites, and any services that may be accessible through them, have their own privacy policies. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other site or services. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies applicable to such third-party websites. Please note that information that you share via social media may be made available to the general public.

Third Party Service Providers, Site Analytics 

We use third-party service providers to help us provide, manage, and improve operation and services on this site, including third party analytics services. These service providers may use cookies and other tracking mechanisms and technologies to collect information about your activities across this site and other sites over time, including Google Analytics. To learn more about how Google Analytics collects and processes data and the choices Google may offer to control these activities, you may visit Google Analytics

Digital Advertising

USU currently does not partner with interest-based advertisers on this site. Interest based advertisers are ad networks and other ad serving providers (“Advertising Providers”) that serve ads on websites and across non-affiliated websites.  Some of those ads may be personalized, meaning that they are intended to be relevant to you based on information Advertising Providers collect about your use of the site and other sites over time. This type of advertising is known as interest-based advertising.

You may visit to learn more about interest-based advertising and how to opt-out of such advertising from companies participating in the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) self-regulatory program. If you delete your cookies or use a different browser or mobile device, you may need to renew your opt-out choice. Note that electing to opt-out will not stop advertising from appearing in your browser or applications. It may make the ads you see less relevant to your interests.  USU supports the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles.  

Updating Your Information

If your personally identifiable information changes or you wish to update your personal information, please e-mail us at or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below. If you have questions about updating or deleting your personal information from our active files, please contact us at 


We use reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your information against loss or unauthorized access, use, modification, or deletion.  However, no security program is 100% secure, and thus, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your personal information.

Information for Users Outside the United States

The USU site and its services are directed only to residents of the United States. If you are accessing this site from outside of the United States, the information that we collect through the site is transferred to and processed in the United States for the purposes described in this Policy. The data protection laws in the United States may be different from, and less stringent than, those of other countries. By accessing the site, using our services, and accepting our Policy, you expressly consent to such transfer and processing.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time. We will post these changes in this policy and suggest that you revisit this policy periodically to stay informed of any changes.

Your Acknowledgments

By accessing the USU site and services, you, or if a minor, your parent or legal guardian agree to the terms and conditions of this privacy policy.  By agreeing, you assume all risks regarding your access of the site or use of the services, transmissions made over the Internet, and your sharing of your personal information and other technical information.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding this policy or would like to stop receiving our e-newsletter or other publications and be removed from the mailing list, you can send an email to

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