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Funding Opportunities for Student Entrepreneurs

The Severino Center supports student entrepreneurs as they seek to learn more about the business aspects of start-ups and early stage companies.

Through the SCTE, faculty and experienced entrepreneurs mentor students who are developing business plans or who want to work with early stage companies.

Buhrmaster Grants

Small grants for student-based ventures.
Mr. Bob Buhrmaster ’69, friend of the Lally School, and his wife Maureen, have given a gift that enables the Severino Center to offer small grants to help student-based ventures test the market feasibility of their business concepts. Grant amounts are up to $2,000, and are determined by the staff of the Severino Center.

Rensselaer Entrepreneur Internship Program (REIP)

Designed to assist students in understanding the opportunities and challenges of working within a startup or early stage company.

Students engage in ten-fourteen week, intensive internships with selected student start-up teams, gaining firsthand experience in working with challenges typically faced by start-ups. In turn, participating student start-ups gain the help of top-notch students with complimentary skills to their team makeup.

Companies Seeking Interns
Teams must be in the start-up phase, and ready to expose students to meaningful work in the world of entrepreneurship. If this program is of interest to you, please contact the Center Director at to discuss the possibilities.

Venture Well (formerly NCIIA) E-Team Program

The E-Team Program gives college students the chance to move new tech ideas out of the lab and classroom and into the marketplace. Pproviding early-stage funding of up to $75,000, along with training, coaching, and investment opportunity for teams working on market-based technology inventions.

Venture BPlan Series

A collaboration of the Center for Economic Growth and the Rensselaer Incubator Program.
This forum offers a first-look for the business community at the best and brightest early-stage growth companies in our region. Up to two businesses present each month to a panel of investment experts. This forum offers visibility for entrepreneurs to the region’s angel and institutional investors, business service providers, advisors, students, faculty, alumni and the early-stage business community.

Forums are held every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Rensselaer Alumni House at 7:30 a.m.

Venture Summit - 2012

A day long series of events designed to draw investors to campus to learn about the Entrepreneurial culture and opportunities at RPI, but also designed for the RPI community to learn about invention from the investor community and from the government policy perspective.
David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the (USPTO), explained The Impact of the America Invents Act. Watch video here.

Grant Programs

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. solicitations

(Market-Validated) "Quick Money"

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Investment platform for startups and investors.
Unlike crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, people who invest through AngelList get a stake in the startup, although terms vary per company and per deal. AngelList has a minimum of $1,000 investment and is free for startups and investors.





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