Entrepreneurship Center

The entrepreneurship program at Ball State University is working to enable student entrepreneurs! In 2019, we launched a new fund to offer pre-seed funding opportunities to all Ball State students. These grants assist students in the early stages of venture creation and enable venture development.

Enrolled Ball State 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, '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 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. 



How can you help contribute to students’ success? 

  • Any dollar amount adds to the amount we can offer students, resulting in more grants and more opportunities for students to realize their entrepreneurial dreams by advancing their business concepts.
  • For $100, a student like Chloe Harman, '21, could purchase items to build prototypes for her venture, sustained., an eco-friendly subscription service that helps users transition to a low-waste, sustainable lifestyle.
  • A $250 donation would cover the registration cost for one student to attend the Global Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Conference. 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 2022 students Sophia Chaille and Emali Grose could compete in 2021 after making it to the top 100.
  • A gift of $500 could provide funds for students to hire professional designers to create CAD files and 3D renderings for businesses requiring a physical space, like Dustin Flynn, '21, did for his concept Safety in Arms Training Ground.  
  • 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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5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
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.
Rank Prize Academic Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,500
2 $4,000 Communication Studies 463
3 $2,000 School of Music 315
4 Modern Languages & Classics 230
5 Miller Business Honors Program 217
College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the most gifts by midnight April 6 will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
Rank Prize Colleges Gifts
1 $3,000 College of Fine Arts 1,899
2 $2,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 1,292
3 $1,000 Teachers College 952
4 College of Sciences and Humanities 876
5 Miller College of Business 467
Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 Athletics 888
3 Indiana Academy 261
4 School of Music 191
5 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
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