Scholarship generator tops local Startup business competition

H-T report
November 25, 2011

Online technology to enable people to create scholarships around causes they care about came out on top of the recent Bloomington Startup Weekend held at Ivy Tech.

Called Fundships, the new business proposal was one of 20 ideas evaluated by a panel of judges. Second place was awarded to Punchit, a mobile app for marketing small business, and in third place was Whack-A-Stack, a toy promoting fun and fitness.

Fundships now advances to the next part of the competition — Global Startup Battle 2001 — where the idea will compete against others from around the world. You can see all the finalists and vote for your favorite idea at

The local event was hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. Local event sponsors included Ivy Tech, SproutBox, BKD LLP, Mallor/Grodner attorneys, Blueline, Express Employment Professionals, Showers Inn, Bloomington Bagel Co., Pizza X and Jimmy Johns.

There were 35 participants at the local event, who formed nine teams to compete.

Copyright: 2011

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Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.