Seed Funding

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Calling all student innovation teams! Pitch your idea for a chance to receive $500 to $2,000 in funding to support approved expenses in the following categories: customer discovery, prototype development, market research, legal, and design.



Students must currently be enrolled at the U of A, have an innovative idea, and share how they would use the funds toward customer discovery or prototyping. Pitches are 90 seconds (no slides allowed) and teams will have 2 minutes of Q&A with judges. 

Students can pitch as individuals or teams, and they can request up to $2,000. Students can pitch for prototyping resources, legal fees, design services, and market research costs. Prior customer discovery or market research on their ideas is required before competition. The audience will also select one team to receive a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.



November 17: Applications due

November 21: Finalists notified

November 27-December 1: Pitch Practice for Participants 

December 2: Seed Funding Pitch Competition


Questions? Email Madison Stricklen at for more information.


DONORS: Help us to continue to PLANT THE SEED in student startup success!  Donate to support the bi-annual Seed Funding Pitch Competitions. 

Idea Fame Pitch Competition

Do you have an idea for a new product or service? Are you willing to pitch that idea for $1,000? Here’s your chance… 

Startup Junkie launched IdeaFame in 2019. This 60-second pitch competition is offered several times a year in different locations - including the University of Arkansas campus. Stay tuned or email for more information.

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