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Microgrants for Students

Do you have a strong business idea, but need some help moving it forward? Apply for Enterpreneurship@DU’s Microgrant Program!

Open to all full-time students at the University of Denver

E@DU’s Microgrant Program gives students the tools and resources they need to take their ideas from concept to reality.

One-time microgrants of up to $1,000 are available to DU students from any full-time program to support new and early-stage business ideas. Funds are available upon receiving the grant. The e@DU team will take care of purchasing and expense tracking.

All students will also have access to mentors, co-working spaces and entrepreneurship workshops to further support their business endeavors.

How to apply

1) Submit a 1- to 2-minute video addressing the following questions:

  • Introduction to team member(s): Your name, year and major and the skillset you bring to the team
  • Explain your idea. What is the opportunity, what problem does it solve, what unmet need does it address?
  • Why do you want to pursue this idea?
  • Explain in detail how you plan to use the funds.
  • Explain the status of your idea today and where it will be in 90 days if you’re awarded a microgrant.

2) Email the following information to DU.Entrepreneur@du.edu:

  • Subject line: Application for E@DU microgrant
  • Link to 1- to 2-minute video presentation
  • Paragraph about your idea
  • Contact information
    • Name(s) of every team member
    • Student(s)’ 87 Number
    • Main contact name and email address

Applicants will be notified within 14 days of submitting their application.

requirements / usage

Acceptance Requirements

  • If your application is accepted, you’ll meet in person with the selection committee to discuss the idea and detail how you plan to use the microgrant.
  • All funds must be used within 90 days of receiving the microgrant.
  • Recipients will be required to check in with their assigned mentor twice during the 90-day period.
  • After the grant period, recipients will present their progress and learnings to the e@DU team, discussing the next steps for their idea.

Acceptable Microgrant Uses

  • Purchasing of materials for a minimum viable product
  • Prototyping, experiments and concept testing
  • Market research tools and software
  • Marketing material such as business cards, flyers, domain name, etc.
  • Software to prove out your idea
  • Licensing and legal fees
  • Development and UX/UI design costs (based on the business requirement)

Unacceptable Microgrant Uses

  • Website designer, influencer marketing, services that don’t require a subject matter expert
  • Rent for co-working or office space
  • Equipment or software that isn’t core to the development of the idea
  • Travel expenses
  • Team member salaries
  • Food expenses

For more information

If you have questions, contact the E@DU team at DU.Entrepreneur@du.edu.