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WILDCAT MICRO FUND

WHAT IS WILDCAT MICRO FUND?

A seed fund for very early stage concepts or ventures that need funding to move their business idea to the next stage.

DOES THE UNIVERSITY TAKE EQUITY?

The University DOES NOT take equity in your business, nor are you expected to pay the money back. It's more like a business grant.

HOW MUCH IS AVAILABLE? 

Pitch for hundreds or a few thousand dollars to help your concept move forward to through the next milestone.

WATCH A QUICK VIDEO


Next Application Deadline: Now Accepting

Next Pitch Dates: June 25 and July 23

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRESENT
Check out our Facebook Page for current information, workshops, and open office events to help you create your application

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRESENT

Apply today!

HOW-TO VIDEOS

Business Model Canvas
Financial Pro Forma
(Note: Substitute British Pounds for U.S. dollars)

 


CONTACT US

Bob Gruhler:
bobgruhler@weber.edu 

Brandon Stoddard:
brandonstoddard@weber.edu 

 

Events

RAISE THOUSANDS!

Pitch your business idea for a chance at very early-stage funding for your idea or new venture.

LECTURES

GET EXPERIENCE

Work with mentors to help you learn and prepare to pitch your breakthrough idea.

LECTURES

MAKE CONNECTIONS

Meet new people that help move your concept forward.

CONTACT US

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Make progress on your idea and make a difference in the lives of those you serve.

 

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

The Wildcat Micro Fund provides very early stage funding for community, student and/or faculty business concepts and new ventures that helps move businesses forward to the next milestone(s). Interested entrepreneurs may submit an application directly above or below for initial review. Applicants must fill out the application to be considered. After review by a panel of expert judges, if an applicant is selected to move forward, they will be invited to work with a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counselor or mentor to refine their business model and prepare for a seven-minute public pitch to a judging panel who will decide how much funding will be awarded to each entrepreneur. That amount may equal a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollarsThe funding is not a loan and the University does not take equity in the applicant's idea or venture. Applicants may apply and pitch multiple times depending on their progress and needs.

At the pitch events, the selected applicants will present their business concepts to a judging panel in front of a live audience. The judges will then decide how much funding each successful pitch should be awarded. There are no stipulations on what kind of business opportunity is submitted, other than evidence shows strong possibility of becoming a revenue-generating business.

Competitive applications include:

  • A reasonable value proposition;
  • Identified and reasonable customer segments for the value proposition
  • Describes market validation including preliminary research, reviews of prior art (intellectual property), customer surveys; and
  • Specifies the next business milestone, which is reasonably achievable for the amount of funding being requested and is a logical step towards successful commercialization

Next Application Deadline: Now Accepting

Next Pitch Dates: June 25 and July 23

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRESENT
Check out our Facebook Page for current information, workshops, and open office events to help you create your application

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRESENT

Apply today!


WILDCAT MICRO FUND DATES TO KNOW

June 25 | 1PM
ZOOM Meting (Click Here)
(Application Deadline: CLOSED)

June 23 | 1PM
ZOOM Meting (Click Here)
(Application Deadline: June 11)

 

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS

 

Weber State University Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center  Larry H & Hail Miller Family Foundation  Utah CDC  Weber State Credit Union  


 

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