The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is where students engage in building innovative solutions, scaling creative ideas and making a sustainable impact on global challenges. We realize there are costs associated with identifying and testing ideas and that once validated, great ideas need funding to become great companies. For this, we have created a number of funding mechanisms designed to support entrepreneurs and innovators at various stages of development.

Rocket Fuel

Rocket Fuel is a four-part workshop series designed for students in the concept stage of developing a business. The series will guide students through the process of customer discovery, market-validation testing, prototype development and pitching. At the conclusion of the series, participants will be given access to seed funding up to $500 to bring their idea life.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make major headway on your concept, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and get some cash to advance your concept!

Low-interest loan

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers 2% simple interest loans in amounts up to $2,500 to support entrepreneurial pursuits. These loans have been used to purchase inventory, fund marketing campaigns and start drop-shipping companies. This is our most flexible funding option.

Social entrepreneurship grant

Social entrepreneurs develop sustainable solutions to social imbalances and pressing challenges faced by humanity. Student-ventures may apply for initial grants in amounts up to $500. Recipients will work under advisement of the E&I staff to set benchmark goals to be reached with the initial grant. After successfully completing the goals outlined with the initial disbursement, ventures may apply for follow-on funding in amounts up to $2,000.