Funding and Networking Opportunities - While You are at Kellogg
FOUNDER.org 8D Program
Do you have an idea for building a high-impact venture? Benefits of participation in the FOUNDER.org 8D Program include: funding ($10k - $100k in grant money), eligibility to apply for additional investment opportunities ($250k - $3M), weekly office hours, virtual mentors, one-on-one coaching and support by industry innovators and social entrepreneurs, and quarterly forums.
Kellogg Entrepreneurs Organization
KEO is a group of Kellogg students with prior or current experience in entrepreneurship or a distinct intent to become entrepreneurs while at Kellogg. Membership in KEO is limited and consists of 20-25 highly committed student entrepreneurs. The mission of KEO is to provide a forum for student entrepreneurs to gain insight from their fellow classmates with regard to challenges, opportunities, best practices and networking possibilities that arise through the conduct of their personal ventures.
Levy Institute Business Plan Competition Reimbursement
The Levy Institute will reimburse Kellogg students for pre-approved travel expenses related to business plan competitions that are open and those that are limited to a certain number of applicants per school but not to school-based competitions (competitions that require at least one student from the sponsoring school).
Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab Launch Awards
The Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab Launch Awards are designed to provide students with a small amount of financial support to pilot a concept in an effort to determine whether a concept will work. The Carol and Larry Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab understands that the best way to determine whether a concept will work is to test it. More information, including information on the application process and timeline, is available here
Pritzker Group Venture Fellows (LaunchU)
Do you have an idea for a new business startup? Applications will be taken in the spring for Pritzker Group Venture Fellows (LaunchU). Selected winners will participate in this summer fellowship program, designed to help launch Chicago's next successful startups. One or two teams will be chosen to receive a monetary prize to help cover rent as well as living and business expenses.
Financial support is available for students aspiring to have a positive impact across industry sectors and functional areas. Some students may choose to form a new venture while others may identify a specific intrapreneurial project where they believe they can have significant and sustainable impact. But what will hold true across all supported projects is that business acumen and market-driven principles will be leveraged for sustainable positive impact on people and the planet.
Zell Fellows Program
The Zell Fellows Program is designed to be a unique, applied entrepreneurial education for a select number of Kellogg MBA students with a passion for new business creation. The program combines classwork, fieldwork, experiences, coaching and services to provide an aspiring entrepreneur with the tools and resources needed to develop, launch and grow successful ventures.