Student Idea Fund

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Micro-Grants to Help You Pursue Your Idea or Start Up

The ECenter's Student Idea Fund provides individual micro-grants of up to $250 to help students meet the initial business expenses of growing their idea or start-up.


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Top Benefits of the ECenter's
Student Idea Fund

  • Grow your idea without being limited by costs
  • Individual micro-grants to help you succeed
  • One-time-payout reimbursements for expenses

Apply for a Student Idea Grant

With the rapid success of the ECenter, we have seen a high number of student ideas and ventures move to the true development stage. The hurdle of paying for initial launch items including domain names, web hosting costs, prototype development, etc. is limiting students' ability to reach that next level.

The Student Idea Fund is designed to allow the ECenter Executive Director to provide small, non-equity based funding grants to help students pay for some required expenses. Applications will be reviewed and awarded based upon importance of the funding for the success of the venture and readiness of the student(s) to maximize the funding.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply anytime between September 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

What Do Our Grants Fund?

Start-ups have unique needs! Examples of Student Idea Fund grants that have been awarded in the past include:

  • Filing fees to register a business as a non-profit
  • Travel stipend to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit
  • Camera gear
  • Raspberry Pi for prototyping
  • Website hosting
  • WordPress subscription
  • Website domain
  • Gyrocscope accelerometer for prototyping