“Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.”

David Karp, founder and CEO Tumblr

“Every startup should address a real and demonstrated need in the world. If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it’s so easy to sell your product to the world.”

Kevin Systrom, Instagram

The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University has entrepreneurship spread through its DNA. We live it and we teach it. We live in a region dependent on business startups and innovation. Every major in the college has components of entrepreneurship. We do not expect every student or alumnus to start a business or to solve a social problem. Some will, many others will act entrepreneurially in their work place, volunteer organizations, and homes. Others will interact with, provide services or products for, or work with entrepreneurs.

Understanding the entrepreneurial mindset and process is extremely valuable to a student from any major. Any business or technology student will benefit from learning more about entrepreneurship. Additionally we seek to prepare other students for entrepreneurial success as well. This may be the Music Major who wants to run a blues house, an Ag Business student who will direct market products, the Media Studies student who wants to found a movie studio, or a Graphic Art student dreams of opening his or her own design firm.

For more information please contact:

Brad Goebel
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
McCartney Hall Suite 206
785-628-4745 (Office)
316-889-8464 (Cell) 

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurship Grants

The Center for Entrepreneurship, is seeking individuals or businesses interested in receiving a JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurship grant.

The JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Pilot Program (administered by FHSU) provides grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to businesses operating in Western Kansas (defined as the counties west of the I-35 corridor, excluding Sedgwick County).
To be eligible for a grant, businesses much be characterized by one or more of the following:

1. Unique entrepreneurial concept or idea, startups or existing companies with an opportunity for growth.

2. Innovative product or service, new idea, method or application.

3. Demonstrates significant community impact (i.e. improves quality of life for a specific demographic or geographical area, spurs local economic growth through job creation and/or generation of new revenue).

With limited funding, businesses or individuals will be selected through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will present a compelling case as to how their project meets the grant’s guidelines, demonstrate an understanding of the problem or problems their product/service provides a solution to, and ultimately will pitch their project to the FHSU JumpStart Review Board.

Grant Application
Grant-Funded Internship Application
KSBDC Profit and Loss info sheet

Grant Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis until the funding is exhausted. Priority deadline for the first round of applications is Friday, September 15, 2017.
Address questions and submit completed applications with financial metrics to:

Jessica Heronemus
Director of Assessment and Articulation
Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-4746

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