Career Services Support
Schroeder SEED Grants (Supporting Entrepreneurial Enrichment and Development)- These grants (up to $500) are meant to help students begin the process of developing a venture they envision pursuing as a long-term goal. Preference is given to ventures demonstrating an innovative idea. Non-profit entrepreneurial ideas are also welcome. Students submit the application materials to Scott Crawford, and a committee makes funding decisions.
Contact: Scott Crawford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Application Deadline: Rolling; applications accepted during academic year; Senior applicants must apply before spring semester
Open to: any Wabash student
2013 SEED Grant Recepients
|Greek Market seeks to bridge the gap between expensive fraternity style clothing and broke college students by accumulating and selling this clothing at low prices on college campuses. One other separating factor for this company is that it sells to a selective market: only college Greeks. Many top line clothing manufacturers DESTROY their clothing when they can't sell it in their stores instead of giving it to retailers because these companies want to protect their brand identity. College Greeks are within that brand identity that they would want to sell to, so Greek Market will be the selective retailer of top-line brands." With the financial support of a SEED Grant, Tyler will be able to purchase the marketing tools needed to sell his products, including an e-commerce website.|
"COLLIDe is a nonprofit information campaign for high school students about college and post high school options. COLLIDe is a tool for high school administrative offices to get more in touch with their student by creating a peer bond between college and high school students. This is essential now more than ever because our world is changing and America needs kids that will set the curve instead of hope for it. COLLIDe will bridge the gap between high school administration and high school students allowing them to connect in a more translatable and real way." Ivan received a SEED Grant that will allow him to fund the background checks needed for the volunteers in his program.
|"Synopziz is the first social network for college admissions." Justin and Charlie received a SEED Grant which they used to attend Startup Weekend Athens, an event hosted by Start-up America and University of Ohio. The ability to attend this event helped them jump start their company by learning to pitch, building a business model, and working with mentors.|
|"MADE FBRX (fabrics) is a fresh, new, urban clothing brand aiming to highlight culture and diversity by incorporating designs and fabrics inspired by our own customs and environment as well as international culture. The brand is targeted towards 'urban gentleman' who want the flare and swag of urban fashion, with the subtle refinement and detail of sophisticated gentlemen’s clothing." MADE FBRX gives back to the community by offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving student for every $500 in sales. Cahmelan received a SEED Grant which he used to pay legal fees and purchase materials to make the first set of prototypes.|
|"My business venture innovates new ways to think about an exercise experience by giving people more accessible means to help them stay healthy and reach their fitness goals. The SEED Grant is a great opportunity to grow your idea with preliminary legal protection or prototype development like I used mine for, or whatever can help you mitigate risk for your idea when it is just starting and most vulnerable."|
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|"I was approved for the SEED Grant with the understanding that my Grant would be used for purposes such as insurance, lawn maintenance computer software, and equipment costs. The SEED Grant not only gave me some breathing room in terms of cash flow, but it also allowed me to run my business much more efficiently with the purchase of a rather expensive, yet incredibly beneficial, software program--something I would have never been able to spend the money on otherwise. This past summer turned out to be a major success and the business is now stronger than ever thanks to the Wabash College SEED Grant."|