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2019 Start-Up Fellowship Competition

2019 Start-Up Fellowship Winners2018-19 Winners

The Participation Station” - Phil Donnelly ’22 and Madhav Mohan ’22, pictured with team organizer Nathan Grawe (left) and Jake Phillips ’07, Entrepreneur in Residence (right)


Purpose: The Carleton Start-Up Competition seeks to encourage students pursuing for-profit and social entrepreneurship.

Competition Overview

Eligibility: Teams of at least two Carleton students are eligible to submit a proposal to the competition. Before submitting a proposal, teams should have contacted Nathan Grawe to indicate intent to submit. At that point teams will be connected with an alumni mentor.

Fellowship: The winning team will receive a fellowship which teams can use for summer stipends and/or expenses to support a start-up venture. 

Deadline for Indicating Intent to Submit a Proposal: 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Proposal Guidelines

Deadline for Competition Proposals: Monday, January 27, 2020, 5:00 PM (emailed to ngrawe). Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2020.

Team Presentations, Judging and Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm, winners announced at 4:00pm.

Carleton’s Entrepreneur in Residence

Carleton is pleased to introduce Jake Phillips ’07, co-founder of Prep Hoops as our Entrepreneur in Residence. Jake will be available to work with you by appointment or drop-in in Willis 207 on select dates.  Contact Nathan Grawe to be put on an email list to get updates.

Thank yous:

In addition to support from the Dean of the College, we are grateful for generous contributions from:

  • Raymond Plank Professorship of Inventive Economics
  • Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professorship of the Social Sciences
  • Bruce Dalgaard & Carol Korda

Previous Start-Up Fellowship Winners

  • 2019: The Participation Station - Phil Donnelly ’22 and Madhav Mohan ’22
  • 2018: E and E: Liberal Arts for the 21st Century - Kwaku Bodom ’19, Chris Anisowicz ’18 and Brandon Fabel ’18 
  • 2018: Switch - Keaton Mertz '18 (Chemistry) and Chenxi Sun '18 (2nd Place Team representing Carleton at the 8th Minnesota Entrepreneurship Kick-off in March 2018)
  • 2017: Adisa - Claire Tagoe ’18 and Sabastian Mugazambi ’17
  • 2017: Lift Education Consultants - Robert Kearney ’17, Sijin “Cathy” Chen ’17, and Jacob Snyder-Hansen
  • 2016: Northfield Cannon Dairy: Minnesota Nice Cream - Beau Smit ’17 and Rohan Mukherjee ’19
  • 2016: Campus Concierge - Mitchell Biewen ’17 and Jeremy Keane ’17
  • 2017 Fellows: Lift Education Consultants - Robert Kearney ’17, Sijin ‘Cathy’ Chen ’17, and Jacob Snyder-Hansen

  • 2016 Fellows: Northfield Cannon Dairy: Minnesota Nice Cream - Beau Smit ’17 and Rohan Mukherjee ’19

  • 2016 Fellows: Campus Concierge - Mitchell Biewen ’17 and Jeremy Keane ’17

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This page was last updated on 21 August 2019