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Entrepreneurship Excellence Grants Program

We are excited to provide Belmont students an opportunity to apply for the Entrepreneurship Excellence Grant Program- made possible thorugh a generous donation by a Nashville entrepreneur. This program is designed to assist with small, business-related expenses students incur as they begin their entrepreneurial journey. Belmont encourages students from all disciplines to apply. 

Average Award: $500

To apply: Email an overview of your business concept and a detailed description of your funding request. Please also tell us how this grant will help you grow your business. Include a detailed breakdown of all costs associated with the expense.

Email to: BelmontETP@belmont.edu


  1. Awards are intended to help practicing entrepreneurs with small, business-related expenses, and are not limited to College of Business students.
  2. Students may recieve only one grant per academic year.
  3. Students must provide a receipt showing payment of, or an invoice for, the expense which they are requesting the grant. Invoices will be paid directly to the vendor on your behalf.
  4. Requests can be for any amount (Ex: $50, $500, or $2,500). All requests will be considered equally. Keep in mind that the average amount awarded is $500 and funds are limited. Requests exceeding $500 may require additional detail to be provided to the reviewing committee, and, if approved, may be funded partially and/or incrementally.
  5. Requests should describe how the purchase will impact your venture.
  6. Requests are processed and granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  7. Recipients are required to write a one page follow-up paper with documentation of how the grant impacted their business, as well as a hand-written thank you note.
  8. This is a grant; you are not required to pay back any monies awarded. Students may consider a donation to the fund when their business is sustainable. 

Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society

Sigma Nu Tau is an entrepreneurship honor society with the mission to promote, recognize, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage and recognize the practice of principled entrepreneurship.

Runway Loan Program
This program is designed to assist current students and alumni entrepreneurs with $25,000 loans that serve as seed financing to help them in the launch or early development stage of their ventures.  For eligibility and application guidelines, contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at 615-460-6601.

"Belmont’s Runway Loan program was very helpful in teaching us the fundamental lessons of how to manage our company’s finances.  Not only did the program help us purchase equipment for our first start-up, Just Kidding Productions, but it set us up for success in paying it back.  The support we’ve received, combined with practical, real-world instruction, has been very beneficial."
- Kurt Nelson & Tyler Seymour (repaid in 2011)

Practicing Entrepreneur Awards
These awards are given out every spring to recognize students who created and operated an entrepreneurial business while enrolled at Belmont University.

Belmont Student Business Plan Competition
This competition takes place during the spring semester of each year.  All Belmont undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.  Students submit written applications and finalists present to a panel of community and alumni judges.  Prizes awarded include:

  • 1st Place - $5,000 scholarship award - Outstanding Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 2nd Place  - $2,000 scholarship award
  • 3rd Place - $1,000 scholarship award

For application and guidelines or more information, contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at 615-460-6601.

Past Award Recipients of the Belmont Student Business Plan Competition:

2014 - Channing Moreland, Makenzie Stokel, Seth Clarke What's Hubbin

2013 - Ross Hill PictureBooth.Co

2012 - Jerell Harris    QuickMed
2011 - Bruno Silva & Jonathan Murrell     MyDormFood.com
2010 - Jake Jorgovan     Rabbit Hole Creative
2009 - John Price & Sam Dryden     Lifetime Reel
2008 - Andy Tabar     Bizooki
2007 - Cameron Powell     River Rock Media Group
2006 - Andy Tabar     Andy Tabar & Associates, Nashville Creative
2005 - Matt Sells     Transformations Landscaping
2004 - Kevin Alexandroni     Sova Catering

Outstanding Collegiate DECA Member and Outstanding New Collegiate DECA Member
At the annual entrepreneurship banquet, a certificate is given to an outstanding returning Collegiate DECA member as well as a new Collegiate DECA member.

Monroe and Ann Scott Carell Endowed Scholarships
Two $10,000 scholarships awarded to one Junior and one Senior every academic year.

Bun Lady Scholarships
Scholarships used to finance study abroad trips for entrepreneurship students.