Spine Sweat Experience (BUS-W409) Interest Form
Practicum in Entrepreneurship (W409) is Indiana University’s advanced venture creation and development course. Nicknamed the “spine sweat experience”, this course provides a unique challenge to develop a business plan and present a final pitch to real angel investors and venture capitalists who come to campus from across the country to serve as a panel of judges for your final course deliverable. The Spine Sweat course is the ultimate entrepreneurial experience at Kelley. It is specifically designed for students with the passion to create new entrepreneurial ventures. In addition to bragging rights, students who are able to secure an “A” from the judges through the full business plan and presentation receive a reverse scholarship (Over $10,000 is awarded each year).

“The spine sweat experience is the most realistic and engaging entrepreneurship course offered at Kelley. It requires you to look beyond a syllabus and determine what is actually critical to bring to a real panel of investors. I recommend this course to all serious aspiring entrepreneurs.”
- Michael Wayne, Spine Sweat Graduate.
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Your Name *
IU Email *
Enter your program majors/minors *
Enter the current name of your company or business concept:
What customer or market problem is this business idea trying to solve? *
What is your solution in one sentence? *
Who are or could be your competitors in this market space? [If you are not sure, do a google search use keywords that a customer might use to try to find your solution] *
Explain in more detail your value proposition and how is your business unique relative to alternative solutions. *
Are you currently working or planning to work on this business with another student? (Enter names below).
What actions have you taken so far? Discuss any financing received, revenue earned, expenses incurred, MVPs built, & legal status (if any).
Explain why you and your team are the right group to execute on this idea?
What specifically would you like help with and what resources do you need to execute on your vision?
Are you currently an entrepreneurship major or co-major? *
If no, are you consider entrepreneurship as a major or co-major? *
Please select all the courses that you have completed or are currently enrolled in *
In which semester do you plan to graduate? *
In which semester would you like to apply to take Spine Sweat? (check all that may apply) *
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