In 2019, the Zia & Priti Fund for Innovation and Impact was established to support students in the process of building and scaling business and non-profits. Through this fund, Entrepreneurship at Macalester offers mentorship and a boost to power through financial roadblocks. We are looking to support students who need more resources to continue to push their idea forward. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to dedicated students who present:

  • A strong willingness to continue building their organization or project.
  • A thoughtful financial plan that outlines an allocation of funds.
  • A proven commitment to the project thus far (personal financial stake or commendable time commitment).
  • A clear set of milestones the funding will allow them to achieve with a way to measure it.

Please note, students can receive funding from the Zia & Priti Fund for Innovation and Impact one time only.

There will be a Fall 2019 application cycle. Exact deadline dates are TBD.

To apply, write a 2 page proposal and email to Jody Emmings at

Proposal should address the following questions: What is the name of your venture? Who are you (and if applicable, your teammates). What skills/expertise/connections do you have to make your venture successful? Give us your high-level pitch (in a way that we will get it, as if you are telling a friend). What is unique about your venture? What have you done so far? What stage are you in? What areas do you need most help with? How much funding are you requesting ($2500, $5000)? What will you spend the funds on? Anything else you would like to share with us?

Didn’t find the right entrepreneurship program for you? Consider the Dream It Fund!

The Dream It Fund supports student-led and alumni-guided entrepreneurial projects by helping to build the for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations of tomorrow. For more information, email Jody Emmings at