IDEA Bank | Troy University


Located on the Square in Downtown Troy, the IDEA Bank at Troy University will serve as the collaborative environment for connecting students, faculty, businesses, community, alumni and beyond - creating an environment where innovative ideas and expertise can be exchanged, creativity can be nurtured and entrepreneurial thought can develop. 



We recognize that TROY students from all disciplines have incredible ideas for new ventures but could use some assistance in bringing those ideas to reality. Our goal is to foster that creative energy as ideas develop. The IDEA Bank offers an environment that formalizes connections, expertise, education and resources for student entrepreneurs. 


By offering the opportunity for students to interact with alumni entrepreneurs, business leaders, etc., the IDEA Bank connects University and community resources to students. This connection creates an important interface for our students that will provide a variety of game-changing resources.


The IDEA Bank serves as a hub of innovation for our students, alumni entrepreneurs, business and community leaders. Creating this inspirational environment for students enables them to think creatively, while providing tools needed to compile a strategy for launching, implementing and sustaining their business.


The IDEA Bank brings our Small Business Development Center educational programs and support to TROY students and the community. It also offers a unique learning environment for classes within the Troy Bank & Trust Entrepreneurship Program. With courses to learn the mindset of entrepreneurs, designers and artists, the IDEA Bank serves as an economic engine for community development, growth and prosperity. 


New student-created businesses are thriving at the IDEA Bank!

As winners of the 2020 Sorrell College of Business Entrepreneurship competition, the following entrepreneurs are now operating and growing their businesses from the IDEA Bank.

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SHORT the Squirrel, Sierra Champion

SHORT the Squirrel's mission is to spread literacy-rich, community-oriented, enjoyable content to our youngest citizens. Follow @shortthesquirrel on Instagram,  check out our Facebook page, or click below to view our website. Sierra is currently a TROY student expected to graduate in 2021.

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Hannah Katherine Boutique, Hannah Dinkel

Hannah Katherine Boutique is a clothing boutique. Follow Hannah on Instagram @HannahKatherineBoutique to find the latest trends or click below to shop online. Hannah is currently a TROY student expected to graduate in 2023.

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Urban Bees Beauty Company, Darla Thompson

Urban Bees is committed to sustainable products. Our local honey-containing skincare products have numerous benefits including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, moisturizes, speeds healing, reduces scars, relieves burns and fungus. These healing, nourishing properties have provided the platform for us to grow into a business. Click below to check out our website! Darla is a TROY student expected to graduate in 2021.


Krysala Gaming, Mark A. Grant

Krysala Gaming is a tabletop game developer bringing gaming to more affordable environments by reducing the "pay-to-win" aspects of competitive tabletop gaming as much as possible. Click below to follow Krysala on Facebook and stay tuned for updates on their first game soon!




The IDEA Bank is YOUR resource for collaborative learning and creating.

From classes to board meetings to entrepreneur workspaces, this downtown building is your hub for growth. 

Is the IDEA Bank the right place for your next class, meeting, workshop, or brainstorming session? Utilize the links below to book your next meeting at the IDEA Bank. For additional information or questions, please email or call 334-770-2620. 



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Whether you are a current TROY student, alumni, business leader or member of the community who is simply curious to learn more, we have a place for you at the IDEA Bank. Fill out the form below to receive email alerts about IDEA Bank activities, events and updates. 



TROY Entrepreneurship Minor

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Troy Bank & Trust Entrepreneurship Program

The Troy Bank & Trust Entrepreneurship Program will provide students with a collaborative, creative environment for learning. Students will learn to develop and defend their own opinions, to successfully pitch creative ideas and influence others to invest, engage and/or participate in their own ideas. This program is developed to bring together University resources to assist students with developing, creating, launching and sustaining their own businesses.

The Troy Bank & Trust Minor is available to students across all disciplines.










The State Normal School at TROY was established in 1887 under the leadership of school president, Joseph M. Dill. The institution was founded in downtown Troy, Alabama, where it was located for 42 years until the college moved to its present-day site. We see the opportunity to be back downtown as a sign of coming home for Troy University. This is where it all began over 130 years ago!