Kauffman Foundation Provides 15 Scholarships to Defrag 2010

The Kauffman Foundation just announced that they are providing 15 scholarships to Defrag. If you are an entrepreneur running a startup that is pre-Series A funding, you are eligible for a scholarship.  Kauffman will cover the full cost of the conference pass – all you have to do is get to the conference and find a place to sleep.

I’m hugely appreciative that Kauffman has stepped up to do this.  Conferences are not cheap and it’s a big expense for a company that has no funding.  On the other hand, it’s an incredible networking and learning opportunity for a startup that’s addressing issues in the ecosystem that Defrag covers.  Paul Kedrosky had a big hand in this and has been super helpful to Eric Norlin at Defrag from the beginning – thanks Paul – you are a star.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, just email Eric Norlin (enorlin AT mac.com) with your name, company website, and a 100 word (no more) explanation of why you should be at Defrag.

  • John Minnihan

    It delights me to see this announced.

    I've had the pleasure of getting to know both Eric & Paul over the past few years & this is simply a very public manifestation of the type of work they do every day. This will undoubtedly positively impact those entrepreneurs that attend Defrag via these scholarships – who knows what they'll do w/ the connections they make here?

    Bravo, Eric & Paul.

    • Thanks John (and Brad). I'm really happy that we're able to do this. Conferences at resorts with the amenities that Defrag has aren't cheap to put on — but at the same time you want to always make sure that you've got new voices joining the conversation. This Kauffman Scholarship allows us to pull that off in a spectacular way — and I'm overjoyed that we were able to get it done.

  • Awesome! I applied and got one of the scholarships. Thanks to everyone who've helped set up these scholarships.