Bobcat Seed Fund
About the Bobcat Seed Fund
The Bobcat Seed Fund is a limited pool of money available within the Center for Entrepreneurship for grants to students or student teams who have identified a business opportunity or, preferably, have started a business already and can demonstrate several important things:
- Team: A talented founder or team of founders who can demonstrate commitment, relevant experience and skill sets, and passion for their business idea or proposal
- Business Description: A clear and concise statement of the business opportunity and idea
- Value Proposition: A compelling statement of the business “value proposition.” Why should a customer buy this particular good or service? What is the unique or differentiating benefit to the target customer or market?
- Use of Funds: What is the proposed use of funds and what objectives would the money, goods or services help the team achieve? Examples might be legal or accounting services; creation of a prototype; or software development
Application Review Process
The Center for Entrepreneurship has an Investment Review Committee made up of the director and associate director, a third faculty person housed in a University college or department relevant to the subject matter of a particular application, and a student(s) entrepreneur. The students and third faculty member of the committee will be chosen by the two Center directors upon initial review of the application.
Part of the application evaluation process will include an in-person interview between one or more members of the committee and the applicants. These interviews not only offer an opportunity for the committee to ask questions and request additional information, but they also provide guidance and suggestions to the applicant prior to a decision.
The committee’s evaluation will utilize, but not necessarily be limited to, the application criteria.
The committee will follow-up periodically with all grantees of cash, goods or services to ensure that the grantee has done what they promised or proposed to do and understand what progress the grantee and business have made and next steps. If a grantee has not followed through as promised or has abandoned the business initiative, a grant agreement signed by the Center and the grantee will require the grantee to return the initial grant to the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Any questions regarding the application process or the Bobcat Seed Fund itself may be directed to either of the Center directors.
Meet the Student Investment Committee
Isaac is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas studying Accounting and Finance. He is involved in the Honors Business Program, Presidential Leadership Society, and serves as a head analyst for the Student Equity Management Group that manages $5+ million equity portfolio for the university. This summer, Isaac traveled to Pecs, Hungary as a part of the global consulting program and worked as a consultant for a small business. He has two prior experiences working at startups and continues to have a passion for startups and the venture capital industry. In his free time he enjoys working out and playing racquetball, among other sports.
Mac is a senior from Sugar Grove, Ohio studying Finance, Analytics, and Economics. He is involved in the Ohio University Derivatives Trading Group, Financial Management Association, Emerging Leaders, The Economics Society, and the Schey Sales Centre. Two summers ago he ran his own painting business generating over $75 thousand dollars in revenue. As of now he works as a member service representative at the Ohio University Credit Union and tutors finance classes on the weekend. In his free time he enjoys fishing, watching baseball, and playing racquetball.
Grant Lehman is a Finance and International Business student at Ohio University. He is a graduate of Marietta Senior High School in Marietta, Ohio. He works at Broneys Alumni Grill in Athens. In his free time, he enjoys exercising and spending time with friends and family. He enjoys studying and reading about financial markets. He is a fan of college football and off-road motorcycle racing.
Molly Marek is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, majoring in Ceramics and Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. Molly was homeschooled and used employment as the perfect hands-on, real-life education. Molly has learned what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur though watching both of her parent's companies develop from the ground up. In her spare time, Molly enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, and traveling. Molly looks forward to bringing her personal experiences working with small entrepreneurial businesses and her creativity and artistic eye to the investment committee of the Bobcat Seed Fund.
Morgan Parker is a junior in the College of Business studying Finance and Business Analytics. She is a student ambassador for the College of Business and actively involved in the Fixed Income Management Group, Alpha Kappa Psi, Select Leaders, and Women in Finance. Morgan spent a semester in Ghana doing a study abroad and service learning program where she worked with her first nonprofit, Play and Learn Foundation. She also spent the summer of 2018 in Citigroup’s Sophomore Leadership Program in New York City. Through her many fortunate experiences she has developed a keen interest in working alongside leaders to improve financial situations and partaking in philanthropy.
Sierra is a senior from Cleveland, OH studying Finance and Business Analytics. She is involved in The Select Leaders Development program and serves as a LINKS Peer Mentor for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, she is the Vice-President and co-founder of a new College of Business student organization, The Association of Women in Finance. This past summer, Sierra traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece for the Global Consulting Program and traveled to Ios, Athens, and Santorini. In her free time, she enjoys dining out and listening to live music.
Azure is a senior business student from Columbus, Ohio studying Entrepreneurship and Analytics with a minor in Marketing. Being born to parents who both run their own businesses, she has experienced first-hand what it takes to turn dreams into reality. She is excited to work with other students to bring their ideas to life.
Winter is a Cutler Scholar double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Journalism with a minor in French. Her academic interests include social innovation and entrepreneurship as well as environmental communication and law. Winter is a University Innovation Fellow, Ohio Fellow, Voinovich Research Scholar and CoLab student team member, and founded the Sierra Student Coalition and yOUdesign, an interdisciplinary project-based student organization out of CoLab. Winter has traveled through 20 countries to understand how communities around the world mitigate and adapt to climate change, and her thesis focuses on effective climate change communication. Winter is thrilled to support student-led entrepreneurial pursuits through the investment committee.