The IU Founders and Funders Network presents the Spirit of Venture Award. The award(s) celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation across the entire Indiana University community.
The annual award(s) are given to Indiana University faculty, staff, alumni or student founders and funders who have:
Eligible candidates are Indiana University faculty, staff, alumni or students who hold a degree from any Indiana University program. Up to three eligible candidates can be nominated together as one “team” candidate. Student nominees must be in good standing with the University as determined by the Office of Registrar, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, and/or the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.
There are two pathways to nomination – (1) applicant can be nominated by an Indiana University faculty, staff, student or alumnus or (2) self-nomination. Eligible candidates are encouraged to seek eligible nominators to submit nomination.
Nominators complete the “Spirit of Venture” Award application on behalf of the nominee.
Nominee will be contacted via email to provide: authorization to verify status of good standing (if applicable) and supporting materials to include: Cover letter and Resume/CV
Application materials (application, cover letter, resume/CV) may be submitted year round and will be considered on an ongoing basis.
The “Spirit of Venture” Selection Committee will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:
1. Exhibited entrepreneurial success as a Founder of a commercial or social enterprise as demonstrated by traditional business success and growth metrics.
2. Exhibited commitment and service to IU Ventures through their support of IU affiliated founders and funders including (but not limited to) mentorship, education, networking, career placement, etc.
The 2021 “Spirit of Venture” Award(s) will be presented at the IU Founders and Funders Network Conference on October 21, 2021.