Venture Fellowship

A scholarship, mentoring, and workspace for a student startup

The Venture Fellowship supports you in committing a year to develop your product or service. Awarded to one student startup business each year, this entrepreneurial fellowship includes a scholarship worth up to $10,000.

The team also receives weekly mentoring from:

  • Travis Brown, assistant dean for innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization
  • Dustin Dubois, partner at Ice Miller LLP
  • Brad Wisler, founder and CEO of Periodic and co-founder and managing member of SproutBox

The fellowship is funded by gifts from SproutBox and Ice Miller LLP.

How it works

The business can be an individual or a team. For teams, the scholarship is divided evenly among the members.

The team is initially given a $5,000 scholarship and workspace in the Shoemaker Innovation Center to develop its venture during the summer term. The goal is to reach milestones established at the beginning of the program.

If the mentors are satisfied with the team’s progress by the end of the summer, the team will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship to continue developing its business during the fall semester.

If the team achieves another set of objectives, it will receive another $2,500 scholarship for the spring semester.