Student Venture Funds

This campaign ended on May 10, 2017, but you can still make a gift to William and Mary by clicking here!

Purpose: To provide seed funding for student entrepreneurial ideas at William & Mary.

Student Venture Funds are a catalyst to help student ventures move beyond the idea stage. A couple hundred dollars can mean the difference between an idea staying just an idea or becoming something much more. From validating customers to testing assumptions, there is a point when great student ideas need a small amount of capital to proceed. Whether a student venture becomes a successful endeavor or a learning experience, there is immense value in taking a step forward. Funds raised through this campaign will be allocated to student ventures through an application process managed by a committee comprising the Entrepreneurship Center and key stakeholders in the W&M entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition to the funding, student ventures will get support, mentorship, and connections through the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. Student Venture Funding will be allocated according to the composition of the team as follows:

· Single-person ventures - $250.

· Multi-person ventures with students from the same major - $500.

· Multi-person ventures where students are from different majors - $750.

Our $5000 campaign goal will allow us to prototype this new initiative and award between six and twenty grants to student startups over the course of one year. If we raise less than our target, we will still be able to prototype this initiative - only with fewer grants. If we raise more than our target, we’ll be able to offer Student Venture Funding for longer than one year or award more grants within the same time period. However, if we raise significantly more than our target, we could create an endowment for this initiative and make it a permanent and featured program of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. The following campaign funding amounts would enable awards as follows:

Join the entrepreneurship movement underway on campus and contribute to the Student Venture Funds initiative.

Goal Not Met: Fewer projects will be funded.

Goal Exceeded: More projects will be funded.


Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center


Graham Henshaw, Executive Director, Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center

Fund held by the William and Mary Business School Foundation

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Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
1960 1$5,000
1962 1$500
1973 1$250
1975 1$500
1978 1$250
1982 1$610
1987 1$250
1988 1$500
1989 1$100
1994 1$1,000
2003 1$100
2006 1$50
2007 1$50
2010 1$100
2011 1$50
2013 1$250
2014 1$250
2016 1$100
2018 3$60
2019 2$25

Donor affiliations

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16% Students

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7% Parents

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16% Friends

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Stuart F. Honenberger
Jeff Hammer
Don & Kristen Franklin
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Jessica Taylor
Stephen S. Tang
Karen Griffith Gryga
Van Black
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Thomas I Moore
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Thomas E. Foreman
Marty Kaszubowski
Kirk Roberts
Trevor Jackson
Jeffrey Sarmonis
David Heenan
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