The Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship values our relationships with our alumni and our business partners, as your shared expertise and capital are invaluable to our student entrepreneurs. If you engage with us you help to bridge the gap between theory and practice as you share your personal and professional journeys, industry expertise and career networks with the JMU community.

Your investment in the GCFE helps us to create programming that is timely, relevant and provides an environment where the ideas of tomorrow find their footing today.

Take a moment to look through the many ways you or your business can engage and invest with the GCFE and contact us at cfe@jmu.edu to explore even more options.

Guest Speaker

Connect with students while contributing a valuable component to their education. You can share your career journey, business success and industry insights with them in a classroom, at a student organization meeting or at a collegewide event. The GCFE hosts three student organizations that often welcome guest speakers to share advice and wisdom about their industry.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Take your engagement even further by visiting campus for a multi-day program to provide industry expertise and advice. Our entrepreneurs in residence help students to delve deeper into the processes and practices necessary to build a thriving organization from a well-developed idea. Multiple events over a period of days allow for more substantive mentorship and learning.

Advisory Board Member

If you have already given of your time and experience to the center and are looking for further involvement, you might seek consideration for advisory board membership. Developing tomorrow’s leaders requires real-world insight from the organizations that hire them, and the board plays a vital role in ensuring our graduates are prepared for the needs of today’s rapidly evolving business world.

Investor

A donation to the GCFE is an investment in the truest sense, one where your funds open the door for fledgling business ideas to develop and enter the marketplace. These funds provide support for programs like our summer Accelerator and academic year Incubator that help students create their ventures and get them off the ground.

Partnership Options

 Supporter Level: $1000

  • Opportunity to have one corporate representative act as Mentor or Observer as one of the GCFE’s annual events, such as Summer Venture Accelerator, Incubator Program, Madison Venture Cup or Summer Impact Fellowship.
  • Opportunity to have one corporate representative present during one of the GCFE recruitment night activities with student groups such as Incubator Cohort or Epsilon Nu Tau.
  • Opportunity to make one presentation a year to JMU student business organizations such as Epsilon Nu Tau or Madison Venture Group.
  • Annual recognition on the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship web page.

 Contributor Level: $2000

  • Opportunity to be the primary contributor using your company’s product or service for one of the GCFE’s annual events, such as Summer Venture Accelerator, Incubator Program, Madison Venture Cup or Summer Impact Fellowship.
  • Opportunity to have two corporate representatives participate in one of GCFE recruitment night activities with student groups such as Incubator Cohort or Epsilon Nu Tau.
  • Opportunity to have two corporate representatives present during any Entrepreneurship Minor Networking events.
  • Invitation, with public acknowledgement of support for two corporate representatives, to all GCFE public events.
  • Opportunity to present once per semester to an entrepreneurship class. Topics must include current issues in entrepreneurship that provide educational benefit and may not just be a recruiting presentation (invitations for other class presentations and purposes may be available).
  • Opportunity for second presentation to student business organization such as Epsilon Nu Tau and Madison Venture Group.
  • Annual recognition on the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship web page.

 Partnership Level: $3000

  • Right of first refusal to be the lead partner for one of the GCFE’s annual events, such as Summer Venture Accelerator, Incubator Program, Madison Venture Cup or Summer Impact Fellowship.
  • Opportunity to have three corporate representatives participate in GCFE recruitment night activities with student groups such as Incubator Cohort or Epsilon Nu Tau.
  • Opportunity to have three corporate representatives present during any Entrepreneurship Minor Networking events.
  • Invitation, with public acknowledgement of support for three corporate representatives, to all GCFE public events.
  • Opportunity to present once per semester to an entrepreneurship class. Topics must include current issues in entrepreneurship that provide educational benefit and may not just be a recruiting presentation (invitations for other class presentations and purposes may be available).
  • Opportunity for second presentation to student business organization such as Epsilon Nu Tau and Madison Venture Group.
  • Opportunity to act as judge for Fallon Challenge Business Plan Competition or Madison Venture Cup.
  • Digital poster on Major Innovation, Creativity, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship (ICCE) Lab Digital Boards.
  • Annual recognition on the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship web page.

 Lead Partnership Opportunities: $4000

Additionally, in the first year we are offering lead partnership opportunities at the $4000 level for the following: 

Academic Year Incubator Program - The partnership would provide financial support and act as a Seed Fund for Incubator students. Opportunities will also include one-on-one mentoring meetings for corporate executives, as well as report details on how their gift is benefitting student entrepreneurs.

Summer Impact Fellowship - The partnership would pay student stipends for their work on a community non-profit in a time of pivot or crisis. Opportunities will also include weekly updates on students' work, as well as acknowledgment in all social media, publications and reports of the partnership.

Summer Venture Accelerator - The partnership would act as a Seed Fund for Incubator students. Opportunities will also include one-on-one mentoring meetings for corporate executives, as well as report details on how their gift is benefitting student entrepreneurs.

Madison Venture Cup - The partnership would supply funds for awards and other operating needs for this venture capital competition. Would also include acknowledgment in all social media and print publications of the partnership.

Monthly Event Series - The GCFE seeks to hold monthly events within the Major ICCE Lab in the COB LC. The partnership would allow for operating and marketing support for events. Would also include acknowledgment in all social media, publications and follow-up stories of the partnership.

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