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e-Fest Grants Can Help Schools Fund Entrepreneurship Programs

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e-FestĀ®, our annual business idea competition for undergraduates, returns April 18-20, 2024. If you're a professor or advisor to students in an entrepreneurship program at an accredited US-based college or university, take note: We're offering some developmental grants to help these students get their business ideas ready for the competition.

EIX and the Schulze Family Foundation will award up to $125,000 in development grants to institutions to support developing e-Fest teams and/or entrepreneurship related programs and activities. First time grantees will receive $2,500. Schools that received a grant(s) in the past and met grant requirements are eligible for a continuation grant of $1,500.

Development Grant applications opened October 18, 2023. Visit the e-FestĀ® website for more information about development grants, the competition, team resources and lots more! Be sure to subscribe and stay connected for all things e-Fest 2024.

Development Grant Rules

Grant recipients must:

  • be a 4-year college or university in North America
  • offer at least one entrepreneurship course
  • be engaged in student entrepreneurship experiences and learning
  • encourage the development of at least one undergraduate e-Fest team



Jennifer Gessner
Jennifer Gessner
e-Fest Program Manager / EIX/University of St. Thomas
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DOI: 10.32617/977-651b107dda09c
Gessner, J. (2023, October 2). E-fest grants can help schools fund entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from
Gessner, Jennifer. "e-Fest Grants Can Help Schools Fund Entrepreneurship Programs" Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. 2 Oct. 2023. Web 21 May. 2024 <>.