Funding opportunities for student entrepreneurs.
Eship@RPI supports student entrepreneurs as they seek to learn more about the business aspects of start-ups and early-stage companies. Faculty and experienced entrepreneurs mentor students who are developing business plans or who want to work with early-stage companies.
Rensselaer Entrepreneur Internship Program (REIP)
Designed to assist students in the understanding of the opportunities and challenges of a startup or early-stage company.
VentureB Plan Series
The Center for Economic Growth's forum offers a first look for the business community at the best and brightest early-stage growth companies in our region. Up to two businesses present each session to a panel of investment experts. This forum offers visibility for entrepreneurs to the region’s angel and institutional investors, business service providers, advisors, students, faculty, alumni, and the early-stage business community.
VentureWell E-Team Program provides a chance to move new tech ideas out of the lab and classroom and into the marketplace. Funding up to $25,000 per team.
With $65,000 in prizes, the DEBUT challenge is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to the unmet health and clinical problems.
NSF Innovation Corps programs:
I-Corps Site program: teams explore (at a high level) the market-readiness of their technology concepts using nationally adopted tools. This training is conducted in a local setting and prepares teams for the I-Team program. Up to $3,000 available per team.
I-Corps Team program: provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. This training is conducted at a national level. $50,000 per team.
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Up to $1,500,000 per team.
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Unlike crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, people who invest through AngelList get a stake in the startup, although terms vary per company and per deal. AngelList has a minimum of $1,000 investment and is free for startups and investors.