The Entrepreneurship Center at Ball State University has provided four students with pre-seed
fund grants to assist in developing and advancing their entrepreneurial
This semester’s winners are Hunter Beale, a senior Entrepreneurship
and Innovation major; Emali Grose, a senior Entrepreneurship major; Holden
Robinson, a junior Entrepreneurship and Innovation major; and Ani’a Walker, a
senior Entrepreneurship major.
Twice a year, all Ball State students are invited to
apply for pre-seed grants of up to $2,500 per student, per semester, for
venture development. This fund was established to help students take their new
business concepts from idea to prototype. Funds have historically been used to
conduct market surveys, create digital renderings, earn certifications, and
“We have increasingly seen students’ ideas cease to
develop because of a lack of funding. Many ideas are too early for bank loans
or angel investors, so the pre-seed fund helps bridge the gap and helps our
students take those early steps,” said Krystal Geyer,
assistant director of the Entrepreneurship Center.
Among this semester’s winning entrepreneurial ventures:
• Mr. Beale
received funding to hire a designer to make 3D renderings for his concept
Simpler Living, a Tennessee-based tiny home rental company.
Grose received funds to procure 3D renderings for EMG Commercial Development, a
property development firm specializing in Midwest town revitalization,
beginning with a vacant Marsh building in Warsaw, Ind.
Robinson purchased items to build a prototype for Relixir, a subscription
service for nutritional supplements.
Walker used her grant funds to take her high-end cupcake company, Puff’s
Pastries, to the next level.
For Ms. Grose, being able to utilize the pre-seed funding
meant she could better explain her ideas to various stakeholders.
“Being awarded pre-seed funding made my dream feel more
like a reality,” Ms. Grose said. “It was no longer just an idea—I was able to
bring it to fruition through visuals.”
For more information on the pre-seed fund, visit www.bsu.edu/entrepreneurship/seedfund or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute to the pre-seed fund to continue to
foster student entrepreneurship, contact Brian Meekin at email@example.com.