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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. 

YOUR IMPACT 

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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$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
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Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
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First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
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Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
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First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
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Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
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Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
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$1,000 to MCOB Department Challenge
The department in Miller College, with the largest percent increase in the number of distinct donors from last year will unlock $1,000.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $1,000 Finance and Insurance +86.67% 28
goal: 15
2 Accounting +53.52% 109
goal: 71
3 ISOM Department +50.00% 12
goal: 8
4 Management +33.33% 12
goal: 9
5 Entrepreneurship Center +31.82% 29
goal: 22
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International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
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General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
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MCOB Leaderboard
Dean Ferris will donate $500 to the Miller College department with the largest increase in the number of distinct donors from last year.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $500 Finance and Insurance +86.67% 28
goal: 15
2 Accounting +53.52% 109
goal: 71
3 ISOM Department +50.00% 12
goal: 8
4 Management +33.33% 12
goal: 9
5 Entrepreneurship Center +31.82% 29
goal: 22
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College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
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College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
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Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
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Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 The Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
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Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
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Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
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Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
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Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
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IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
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