What are Spark Grants?
The Olympus Spark Grant Fund helps Project Olympus PROBEs students kick-start their business ideas. Olympus Spark Grant Fund [pdf].
The Olympus Spark Grant fund is available for PROBE students and is funded by charitable gifts from alumni and other community donors. Students submit proposals and practice 'pitching' the donors. Donors play a vital role in helping Olympus evaluate the students' applications and making award decisions. This is an ongoing grant fund where donors can begin their participation at any time.
More ways to support Project Olympus.
We invite you to join the supporters of Project Olympus. Your contributions will help us support commercialization by our best and brightest as vital to the growth and success of the university, the region, and the nation.
Olympus Core Sponsorship Opportunities [pdf].
Contact: Brian Peck
Major Gift Officer
- Glenn Philen, CEO Carbon Freight
“Spark Grant has helped me hire a designer to work on the art, design and animation of my project. Also it has allowed me to make a trip to California to do customer discovery, make connections and learn about some funding opportunities."
- Nesra Yannier, CEO NoRILLA
Project Olympus Announces the 2016 Spring Spark Grant Award Winners
Five PROBE Projects were awarded a $5,000 micro-grant from the Olympus Spark Grant Fund. These grants are made possible through charitable contributions from alumni and Friends of Olympus.
Eleanor Haglund, Founder
eebooks is changing the publishing landscape of enhanced e-books. eebooks is developing software that enables writers to easily create media-rich e-books for electronic reading devices.
Torrell DaShawne Jackson, Founder & Investor
Chiroproktr is an instructional medical device/dummy developed to assist doctors in developing/practicing adjusting techniques for spinal manipulation.
Parag Goel, Founder
ECE, Masters 2016
LogCycle helps schools process visa documents for millions of international students quickly and seamlessly, without touching a sheet of paper.
Austin Webb, CEO
Tepper MBA 2017
Robotany is automating the commercial vertical farming industry by creating mobile robotic solutions that increase labor efficiency by 25 percent, double crop output and provide an unprecedented level of data collection to improve farm operations.
Kerolos Mikaeil, Founder
ECE and Engineering/Public Policy, 2017
VIC provides vendors, such as Coca-Cola, with a mobile application that focuses on providing real-time inventory data. This information decreases the labor costs associated with manually counting inventory and allows sales representatives to spend more time selling.
Spark Grant Donors
Tony R. Berkman
Eric C. Cooper
Marcel D. DePaolis
Marc C. Guldimann
James Jacob Huttner, M.D., Ph.D.
The Painter Family
Richard and Nancy Waichler