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Albert Gallatin Founders Fund

The Albert Gallatin Founders Fund provides support for Gallatin students and recent alumni undertaking early-stage entrepreneurial projects. Awards range in size and are intended to offset project and business expenses. Awards are evaluated and approved according to the adjudication principles detailed below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A student may receive funding for only one project per semester. Contact with any questions.


Currently enrolled Gallatin undergraduate and graduate students and alumni (within 3 years of graduation) may apply.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, the final application deadlines for the Fall and Spring semesters are December 1 and May 1, respectively. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed in the subsequent semester.

Adjudication Principles

  • Commercial Applicability - clear explanation of how and why the business will be positioned to succeed.
  • Scalability / Vision - explanation of how the business will grow in the future.
  • Use of Human Resources - explanation of how the business will harness the talent and power of a team.
  • Display of Market Knowledge - display of thorough understanding of the details of the specific market.
  • Assessment of Risk Factors - display of planning and foresight into the risks the business will face.