The "Spine Sweat" Experience
[W409]

The “Spine Sweat” course is the trademark undergraduate student experience in the Kelley entrepreneurship program. Students who are admitted into this course are provided a unique opportunity to present a business plan and pitch to a panel of distinguished alumni including angel investors and venture capitalists (who fly to campus for the pitch). The class functions as a semester long accelerator to prepare the students to launch their businesses and pitch for capital as the culmination experience. Several students have launched businesses and raised capital as part of this course. Pre-requisites and progress toward the entrepreneurship major is required.

"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

Selected Past Student Profiles

Saahil Anand

Hunter Hawley

Josh Bromberg

Salo Levy

Mikayla Geier

Christina Randall

Daniel Guerra

Chase Rosett

Brian Tao

Harrison Wesner

Tijmen van der Maas

Ayush Sarawgi

Learn how to start your venture by enrolling in Indiana University’s advanced venture creation course BUS–W409: Practicum in Entrepreneurship. This course is specifically designed for students with the passion to create new entrepreneurial ventures. Nicknamed the “spine sweat experience,” this course provides a unique challenge for selected students to prepare and present a business plan with a risk vs. reward aspect. Students who take the course are given the unique opportunity to present a business plan and pitch to a panel of distinguished alumni including angel investors and venture capitalists.