Start-up Funding

Duke Startup Challenge Applications Accepted through October 30!

About: The Duke Startup Challenge is a year-long entrepreneurship competition with an entry pool of over 100 Duke student teams. After elimination rounds through the year and participation in the Duke Startup Challenge Summer Incubator Program, several teams remain. This is a fantastic competition – culminating in the top teams vying for the $50,000 grand prize! Deadline for entry into next year’s competition is October 30th! Apply here!

The Rocket Fund

FLoW’s Rocket Fund is granting pool that helps academic innovators turn their technologies into commercial realities through financial support and entrepreneurial education.

The Fund is an exclusive program of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, which is dedicated to supporting the cutting-edge research and creative problem solving necessary to change the balance of the world’s sustainability. The Rocket Fund enables sustainability-related innovations to progress towards commercial reality, where they can have an impact beyond the university laboratory.

In partnership with the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC), a consortium of California utilities, and the Moxie Foundation, the Fund provides awards from $5,000 – $50,000 to help students or new graduates starting companies turn lab innovations into product prototypes, ready for testing with customers.

Interested candidates should check Rocket Fund Guidelines and fill out the Rocket Fund Application Form which will then be screened for eligibility. Selected applicants prepare a business presentation for further consideration by Rocket Fund Advisors. Those moving forward will be invited to present in person to the Rocket Fund Review Panel of technical and industry experts. Those receiving an award sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreement focused on fulfilling the goals outlined in the application but otherwise unrestricted.

Application & Eligibility for Students and New Graduates

More info: http://www.flow.caltech.edu/rocket-fund

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