Shoemaker Scholars

A community of entrepreneurs

The ten Shoemaker Scholars and their mentor

Ten students with one common thread: the entrepreneurial spirit. The Shoemaker Scholars help fellow Indiana University students access the resources to create their own startups. The scholars receive $3,000 per year in tuition assistance—and they are also entrepreneurs themselves.

Shoemaker Scholars Casey Curtis and Brady Anderson created award-winning startups with support from the program. Curtis co-founded Elevate, where she is developing a smartphone app that can reduce wait times at elevators in tall buildings. Anderson co-founded Prospect VR, a tool that helps e-commerce businesses set up their own virtual storefronts. Both startups were named winners of IU’s 2021 Cheng Wu Innovation Fellowship. Curtis and Anderson received 12 weeks of mentorship and $5,000 to help refine and develop their startups. How cool is that?

The Shoemaker Scholars program is just one example of the many entrepreneurial opportunities at IU that are right at students’ fingertips, both inside the classroom and out.

Wondering if you could create the next student startup? Learn more about the Shoemaker Scholars.

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I was so impressed by IU’s support of student entrepreneurs that it really made me interested in the Shoemaker Scholars, and I decided this is where I wanted to go.

Brady Anderson, Shoemaker Scholar