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Entrepreneurship Center

One Ball State Day is becoming a tradition which inspires and unites the University community. During this time of national and world-wide crisis, that has never been truer. The Miller College of Business is incredibly proud of the passion and resilience of our Ball State students. Should you feel compelled to support the next generation of Cardinal alumni, please consider a gift to the Jack Beyerl Student Emergency Aid fund on One Ball State Day. Funds to specifically support Miller students are listed for your consideration as well. From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of every student, thank you.

 

The Entrepreneurship Program at Ball State University is one of the best in the country. Currently ranked 25th by The Princeton Review, we are always looking for ways to give our students the best experience possible. In January 2019, we launched a new fund to offer pre-seed funding opportunities to all students at Ball State University. These grants assist students who are in the early stages of venture creation and enable venture development.

 

Enrolled Ball State University students are eligible for the grants, a maximum of $2,500 per student, per semester. Pre-seed funding can be used to advance venture development and reach milestones, including, but not limited to, securing intellectual property, prototype development, product validation, or competing in external venture competitions to raise awareness or additional funds for their venture. 

 

Meet Jay Finley, BS '18, a graduate of the Entrepreneurship Program. Jay was determined to prove the need for his venture concept uVoice, a web application that allowed college students to vote on potential acts and purchase presale tickets to their favorite concerts and events. Jay self-funded a proof of concept event where he demonstrated that college students would pre-purchase tickets in an effort to bring their favorite artists to campus. Jay’s event, although eventually revenue positive, cost him more than $1,000 in upfront investments. With the pre-seed fund, Jay could have spent more time producing a high-quality event without the stress of self-funding his endeavor. For a lot of students, this would not be possible without assistance. This fund is your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students like Jay. 

 

YOUR IMPACT 

How can you help contribute to students’ success? 

  • For $100, a student like Austin Fisher, BS '19, could purchase software and supplies to 3D print his premier product, a solar and kinetic energy self-charging phone case, for his venture, Summa Charging Solutions.
  • A $250 donation would cover the cost of registration for one student to attend the Global Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Conference, where they can apply to compete in a pitch competition amongst some of the most promising student entrepreneurs across the world. Thanks to your donations, Class of 2020 hopeful Rachel Hafley was able to serve on a panel at this conference in 2019.
  • A gift of $500 could provide travel funds necessary for students to gain customer validation directly with their target market similar to what Carlas Bogue with Bogue Feed Distribution, Class of 2018, did by traveling to Ocala, Florida, to talk to elite racehorse owners. 
  • A generous gift of $1,000 would provide a student with the tools to fully legitimize their concept. Funding could include a professional logo, high-quality business cards, a website, the fees associated with creating a prototype, and allow them to secure a provisional patent.
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Unlock $1,000 for Take Flight!
Cardinals help Cardinals, and 500 gifts by noon unlocks $1,000 for the Take Flight fund.
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College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
6 College of Health 226
7 College of Architecture & Planning 62
8 Honors College 54
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively for the benefit of students' greatest needs.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,367
2 $4,000 Journalism 315
3 $2,000 School of Music 312
4 Communication Studies 180
5 Special Education 92
6 Social Work 75
7 Miller Business Honors Program 70
8 Elementary Education 55
9 Chemistry 54
10 Telecommunications 53
11 School of Nursing 46
12 Educational Psychology 45
13 Political Science 43
14 Accounting 42
15 Anthropology 37
16 English 34
17 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 30
18 Management 30
19 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 28
20 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 27
21 School of Kinesiology 26
22 Educational Studies 24
23 Sociology 24
24 Speech Pathology & Audiology 23
25 Sports Link 22
26 Mathematical Sciences 20
27 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 20
28 Schools Within the Context of Community 17
29 Educational Leadership 17
30 History 17
31 Criminal Justice and Criminology 15
32 Biology 15
33 Geography 14
34 Computer Science 13
35 School of Art 13
36 Women's and Gender Studies 12
37 Finance & Insurance 11
38 Psychological Science 11
39 Economics 10
40 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 9
41 Philosophy and Religious Studies 9
42 Entrepreneurship Center 9
43 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 7
44 Marketing | CADMA 6
45 Nutrition & Health Science 4
46 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 4
47 Ball State Army ROTC 3
48 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 3
49 ISOM Department 3
50 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 160
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 65
3 $1,000 Athletics 59
4 $1,000 Journalism 34
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 34
6 $1,000 Communication Studies 29
7 $1,000 School of Music 27
8 $1,000 Special Education 26
9 Multicultural Center 24
10 Social Work 16
11 Chemistry 10
12 Telecommunications 9
13 Alumni Programs 8
14 University Police Department 7
15 Miller Business Honors Program 7
16 University Libraries 7
17 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 6
18 Honors College 5
19 Accounting 5
20 Fraternity and Sorority Life 5
21 Schools Within the Context of Community 5
22 Sports Link 5
23 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 4
24 Educational Psychology 4
25 Cardinal Kitchen 3
26 David Owsley Museum of Art 3
27 Political Science 3
28 Alumni Student Engagement 3
29 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 3
30 Alumni Scholarships 3
31 Management 3
32 Biology 3
33 Burris Laboratory School 3
34 Black Student Association 3
35 Student Voluntary Services 3
36 Late Nite 3
37 English 3
38 Office of Student Life 2
39 Elementary Education 2
40 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 2
41 Educational Studies 2
42 Career Center 2
43 Rinker Center for International Programs 2
44 History 2
45 Computer Science 2
46 Entrepreneurship Center 2
47 School of Kinesiology 1
48 School of Nursing 1
49 Mathematical Sciences 1
50 Sociology 1
51 Ball State Army ROTC 1
52 Spectrum 1
53 Anthropology 1
54 Inclusive Excellence 1
55 Educational Leadership 1
56 Indiana Academy 1
57 School of Art 1
58 Women's and Gender Studies 1
59 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 1
60 Disability Services 1
61 University Program Board 1
62 Teachers College Dean's Fund for Excellence 1
63 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 1
64 Criminal Justice and Criminology 1
65 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 1
66 Online Student Support Fund 1
67 Finance & Insurance 0
68 Learning Center 0
69 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 0
70 Emens Auditorium 0
71 Graduate School 0
72 Nutrition & Health Science 0
73 Speech Pathology & Audiology 0
74 Geography 0
75 Philosophy and Religious Studies 0
76 Psychological Science 0
77 Economics 0
78 ISOM Department 0
79 Marketing | CADMA 0
80 Community Engagement 0
81 Counseling Center 0
82 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 0
83 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 0
84 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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