You have ideas. Gritstart them!

Gritstarter is UMBC’s very own crowdfunding platform. It allows UMBC community members to develop their interests and to pursue creative and entrepreneurial projects through philanthropic funding (donations). Gritstarter is a tool to connect you with your network-- and the rest of the world-- to share your best ideas and find backers to support you.

Gritstarter also connects alumni and donors with the best, brightest, and most exciting projects on campus so that they can give directly to causes that speak to them. You can browse all of our active projects here [link].

What kinds of project are a good fit for Gritstarter?

Projects can be about almost anything. They should focus on the benefit they will provide to students, UMBC, or the wider community. There are a few rules – check our guidelines here [link] to make sure your project is a good fit.

Crowdfunding can be fast, efficient and effective when done right -- but project success depends on you. The more dedicated, creative and organized you and your team are, the more successful your project is likely to be, and the more fun you will have!

Still not sure if Gritstarter is right for you? E-mail us to discuss

How do I get started?

  1. Make sure that your team -- including your advisor -- is on board.
  2. Read through the project guidelines to be sure that your project qualifies.
  3. Submit an application with as much information as you have.
  4. We’ll get back to you within two business days!