Who is eligible?
Any current student or group of students who are active in programs of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation and Blackstone Launchpad or enrolled in entrepreneurship courses at Kent State University are eligible to apply for a grant to launch or enhance their venture.
Certain restrictions may apply for students that are non-US citizens or not full-time.
How much can be requested and what can it be used for?
-We offer two different levels of grants. The first, Venture Assessment Grant is for eligible students who are exploring an idea and need a small amount of funds to pursue a complete business plan or have basic start up needs (no capital or inventory expenses). The second, Venture Growth Grant is for eligible students who have already completed a business plan and have greater financial needs.
-Student can request up to $500 for the Venture Assessment Grant and up to $3,000 for the Venture Growth Grant. Funds can be used for start-up capital and inventory needs as well as other start-up or growth costs. Funds may not be used to create an open line of credit for the venture.
-Proposals for all type of enterprises, including small or large-scale, high or low-tech, e-commerce and/or bricks and mortar, profit and non-profit, will be accepted.
What is required in the application?
Student applicants need to include a completed cover page, resumes for all venture partners, and executive summary and for a Venture Growth grant, a complete business plan.
***Please see application for additional information***