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MacStartups is an 10-week intensive program for student entrepreneurs to launch their ideas globally, nationally, locally or right here on campus. Students receive a $6,250 stipend, $500 per project seed funding, coaching, technological resources and a peer community. In addition, students will have access to accomplished mentors who have founded successful ventures, and industry specific mentors. Participants must commit to making a full-time effort during the 10-week program and meet weekly for programming in a virtual collaborative environment with like-minded Mac student innovators. MacStartups is an idea program for Macalester student entrepreneurs who are ready to do the work to forward their vision.

The 2024 Summer MacStartups Program will take place May 13th, 2024 – July 19th, 2024. 

MacStartups 2024 Important Dates

  • Friday, January 19th MacStartups Summer 2024 Application Opens!
  • Tuesdays, January 30th, February 13th, 20th & 27th E&I Summer Programming Office Hours in the Idea Lab from 11:30-1.
  • Thursday, February 15th E&I Summer Programming Virtual Info Session from 11:30-12:30pm. 
  • Friday, March 8th Applications Due at 9:00 am! Students must submit a fully completed application and all required accompanying materials. Application preview available at the end of this info packet. 
  • Friday, March 22nd First communication will be sent. Students will find out if they have been selected to continue on to the second round of consideration.  Your project will also be submitted to the IRB for review. 
  • Monday, April 1st If selected to move forward, applicants may be asked to meet with E&I Staff to answer questions about submitted ideas. 
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Final acceptance emails will be sent
  • Thursday, April 4th If accepted, mandatory Program Launch Meeting from 11:30-1 in LIB250
  • Tuesday, April 9th If accepted, mandatory ISP Meeting (International Students Only) from 11:30-1 in LIB250
  • Tuesday April 16th If accepted, mandatory Headshots and Hamburgers Meeting 11:30-1 in LIB250

For Twin Cities Entrepreneurs and Macalester Alumni – looking to get involved?

We are seeking mentors, workshop leaders, judges, and more to help make this program awesome! Contact Sasmita Tripathy, [email protected] for more information.

Past MacStartups


Email Sasmita Tripathy, Program Manager at [email protected]