FAQs

  • Who is the ideal student?

    We are seeking students with a bias for action, a passion for launching a new organization, an interesting idea that could be the basis for their new organization, the ability to communicate their passion and idea.

  • Will I receive credit?
    No, this is a non-credit program. However, those who successfully complete the program will receive evidence of participation known as Venture College “Badge.” Internship credit may be possible depending upon the student’s degree requirements.
  • How do I apply?
    You must apply online. Apply here.
  • What is the deadline for application?
    Fall Semester 2016

    • Applications due: April 8, 2016
    • Interview notices: April 10, 2016
    • Interviews: April 20 through May 1, 2016
    • Acceptance letters: May 5, 2016
    • Classes begin August 28, 2016
  • Who is eligible to apply?
    Any full-time Boise State student. All majors and are welcome to apply.
  • What will the college provide?
    1. An individualized program based upon your needs and intentions.
    2. One-one-one mentoring.
    3. Experience in areas relevant to your background and intentions.
    4. Participation as part of a carefully selected cohort.
    5. Participation in a lab relevant to launching a business each Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    6. The opportunity to complete for cash resources to further your idea.
    7. Downtown Boise meeting and workspace.
    8. Access to software to track and document your progress.
  • Can you tell me more about these cash resources?
    We have $30,000 committed and are working to increase this pool. Students will make their case to local business people who will decide whether or not to provide the requested resources. While all students will have the opportunity to compete for the resources, it’s likely not all students will be successful.
  • What’s in it for me?
    We expect some of the students will launch businesses while in the College or shortly thereafter. Others will determine that their idea is not feasible at this time. All will gain skills associated with attempting to launch a business, skills that are important to employers and for successfully launching a business. And all will develop the beginnings of a network of business and investor contacts. Those successfully completing the program will receive the new digital Venture College Badge, which they may put on their resumes.
  • I’m interested in starting a nonprofit. Does my idea have to be for-profit seeking business?
    No, students interested in founding nonprofits are welcome to apply.
  • How much does it cost?
    Nothing. This is part of the university’s commitment to helping our students gain valuable skills and to furthering the economic development of the region.
  • Do I have to have an idea?
    Yes. Part of the application process is to present an idea you’re passionate about. We recognize as you proceed through the program, your idea may transition into an entirely different idea.
  • Can teams apply?
    Teams are welcome to apply. All members of the team will be considered together and all will either be accepted or rejected. Alternatively, each member can apply individually, and the acceptance committee will consider each student’s application individually.
  • How do I apply?
    Complete the online application. You must write a short essay and arrange for a reference to write a short essay.  Based upon your application, some students will be invited to an interview with the staff of the College and representatives of the Venture College Angels. Give it a shot. APPLY NOW!