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
Kellogg Entrepreneur’s Organization (KEO) is a community of students building new ventures at Kellogg. KEO selects a group of 20-25 high-performing entrepreneurs. The organization provides a support network for Kellogg students building businesses to help them through the critical stages of launching and building their ventures. Member PODS meet weekly and provide an opportunity for students to deep dive into their businesses with a diverse set of entrepreneurs and develop a tight knit community during and after Kellogg. Mentors, including top entrepreneurs, professors, and investors, provide group and personalized feedback to help students strengthen their businesses and make critical decisions. KEO aims to inspire growth, and enable students to build sustainable start-ups through a life-long community.

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).

Pritzker Group Venture Fellows
Do you have an idea for a new business startup? Applications will be taken in the spring for the Pritzker Group Venture Fellows Program. The 12-week summer fellowship was designed to help launch Chicago’s next successful startups. Two teams will be selected to receive a $20,000 investment, co-working space at 1871, and mentorship.

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.