Lavin Start-Up Fund Provides Seed Capital

Providing Micro Funding to Student Startups

entrepreneur student mentor meetup“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” This piece of insight from Zappos founder Tony Hsieh connects to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s mission of supporting student entrepreneurs through funding opportunities. Students can take advantage of early stage funding to focus on growing what matters most, their venture. Providing access to funding allows for prototyping, web and application development, brand development and trade show expenses. 

The funding committee consisting of Lavin Entrepreneurship Center directors, Advisory Board members, and faculty determines funding eligibility for qualifying student startups.

The Lavin Center would like to recognize Carol Lavin Bernick for her efforts in making this program possible. Carol serves as CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management, a privately held company that manages diversified investments and owned operating companies in retail and professional sports. Ms. Bernick currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and was President of Alberto-Culver Consumer Products Worldwide, a division of Alberto-Culver Co. for two years. She is also founder, past president and a current director of Friends of Prentice, a fundraising board she created in 1987 in support of women's health research and programming. Carol is also the daughter of Leonard Lavin whose generous support helped grow the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

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