Name of Engagement

Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship Launches Seed Fund for Student Startups

Contact Information

Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship

Contact Details

cfe@jmu.edu

Description

Created in 2021, the Bluestone Seed Fund is a donor-supported fund that invests in early-stage JMU-affiliated (student, student/faculty, alumni) start-ups through a competitive pitch process. This gives JMU student founders real-world entrepreneurial experience, actionable feedback on their pitches, and mentoring and coaching opportunities from experts.

Not only does it provide experiential learning opportunities for the Student Founders, but also for a prestigious group of Student Venture Associates (SVA) who will recruit and screen initial applicants (deal flow), conduct due diligence, observe investor pitches and Q&A, and manage portfolio companies.

Web Presence

https://www.jmu.edu/cob/centers/center-for-entrepreneurship/bluestone-seed-fund/index.shtml

Involvement

Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students

Scope

JMU Campus Scope, Harrisonburg/Local/VA

Date

Created in 2021

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning

Format

Program, Department or Center

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