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"Test Your Big Idea" Start Up Grant Competition

The founders of lean start-ups don't begin with a business plan; they begin with the search for a business model.   

During this search, Founders translate company ideas into business model hypotheses, test assumptions about customers needs / problems / pain points.


  • Lasell Small Business Institute will support 2 to 3 selected "test grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to Undergraduate students​​
  • Faculty Advisor: Each selected entrepreneurial team will have a Lasell faculty Advisor during the search for a business model.


  1. Download and fill out the application
  2. Email it to or drop it off at Maple Terrace

As part of this program each recipient will also be provided with the following assistance and resources:

  • Business Planning
  • High Speed Internet Access  
  • Peer-to-peer Networking  
  • 3 months Mentoring & Coaching


Application Submission Thursday: November 17, 2016 - Due at midnight
Business Pitch Monday: November 21, 2016 - Common Hours: Selected will present a 10 minute business pitch of their business idea and/or project to a selection committee
Winners announced Tuesday: November 22, 2016
50% Payment Sequence: 50% of the award will be granted on selection of the winner in November. Balance of the award will be paid after a review of expenses and receipts of the initial grant.