Wichita State University offers a variety of funding opportunities for students and the community. Check out some of the resources below to learn more.

Center For Entrepreneurship Funding

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The Moral Family Fund for Innovation

The Moral Family Fund for Innovation aids Wichita State University students in moving their innovative ideas forward.

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Shocker New Venture Competition

Kansas college students of all majors take key steps in developing and launching a successful business venture. Start-up capital will be awarded to the winning teams to aid in the launch of their new venture. 

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Don Hackett Support for Entrepreneurialism Fund

The Don Hackett Support for Entrepreneurialism Fund is awarded to Wichita State University Students to remove financial barriers for young entrepreneurs as they explore their startup ideas.

Other Funding Sources

Innovation Fund Award

Innovation Fund Award

Sponsored by: Office of Tech Transfer & Commercialization  
Available for: Wichita State University students

The Innovation Fund has been established with contributions to the Wichita State University Foundation to foster and accelerate innovation among Wichita State University students. 

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John A. See Innovation Award

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Sponsored by: John A. See
Available for: Wichita State University faculty and students

The See Innovation Award provides awards of up to $20,000 to support prototype development. Examples of supported costs are prototype development, product testing, and marketing analysis.

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Sponsored by: U.S. Small Business Administration
Available for: Anyone owning or creating a domestic (U.S.) small business

Does Your Business Need A Boost? SBIR and STTR are federal initiatives that provide Research and Development (R&D) funding to qualified small businesses and non-profit research institutions to commercialize new technology. We can assist you in navigating the SBIR/STTR process.

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VentureWell: Opportunities for early stage inventors

 E-Team Program: Funds and trains student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures
ASPIRE: for committed science and engineering based startups in the healthcare sector that are actively raising capital
DEBUT:  recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation
Faculty Grants: help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market.

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