All three entrepreneurial ideas were hatched by Illinois Wesleyan students and further
developed with a $5,000 grant through the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Funded by
Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Marc Talluto '94, proposals are now being accepted for the
fourth fellowship. The IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship will provide a student of any academic major with
the opportunity to pursue an entrepreneurial idea under the supervision of a faculty
member and guidance of a successful entrepreneur. The program is designed to deepen
research and creative competencies and help a student advance his or her business
idea and prepare to take the idea to market.
Once applications are received, the top candidates will present their business ideas
to a panel of judges. Proposals are due Oct. 9 for round one of the fellowship. The
selected student will have the opportunity to work on his or her business idea the
following semester, with the option of taking an independent course credit in the
Department of Business Administration. Round two proposals are due Feb. 26, 2018.
To be considered for this program, students should submit the application form along with their narrative essay answers to the required questions in no more than
750 words. Once applications are reviewed, the top candidates will be asked to present
their business idea face-to-face to the panel of judges. Proposal materials are due
to the Associate Provost’s Office by 4 p.m. on the day of the deadline.