Springboard announces $300,000 in available funding for 2017-18 competition


ACU’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy kicked off its annual Springboard competition this morning with $300,000 in prizes available for aspiring entrepreneurs. The competition includes five separate tracks, including three opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Big Country, as well as tracks focused on regional high school and ACU students.

The highlight of this year’s Springboard competition is a new opportunity titled “BE in Abilene,” which offers up to $250,000 in funding for entrepreneurs who establish their young companies in Abilene. The new competition track is underwritten by the Development Corporation of Abilene and includes the Abilene Industrial Foundation and Texas Tech Small Business Development Center as partners who will provide additional training and post-competition services.

More information about the five different tracks within the Springboard competition, as well as the application for the “BE in Abilene” track, can be found at acuspringboard.com. Deadline to enter the “BE in Abilene” track is October 31st. The start date for the additional contest tracks begin later in the year.

Entrepreneurs interested in participating in this year’s competition can find more information on the ACU Springboard website. For up to date information, tips, resources and important dates, follow @acuspringboard on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Griggs Center
The Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at Abilene Christian University is focused on developing an entrepreneurial and giving spirit throughout the ACU community, including the Abilene area. The center was launched in 2011 and has received national awards for its student programs and
engagement on ACU’s campus. Through ACU Startup Week and Springboard, the center has also partnered with various organizations to promote, connect and equip the regional entrepreneurship community.