Dorfman Incubator Grants

Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Startup funding that educates.

Based on a generous gift from a private donor, the Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SCDIE) at Cal Lutheran’s School of Management is able to provide generous funding, with an educational twist, for early stage startups.

These Dorfman Incubator Grants are designed to help launch promising early stage companies that involve Cal Lutheran students and recent alumni (as founders, employees, interns, apprentices, research assistants, etc.).

The grants provide non-dilutive early-stage funding ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 to US-based founders and startups participating in our open calls, our annual New Venture CompetitionHUB101, Startup Weekends, and others.

Grants may be used for most startup expenses, provided that the grantee incorporates two educational components to its use of the funding: 1) hiring a Cal Lutheran student intern to participate in grant-funded activity, and 2) once the grant is spent, returning to Cal Lutheran to share lessons learned.

The most recent grant application deadline will close on Friday, May 17, 2024.

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