IDEA Bank | Troy University


The mission of the IDEA (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Accelerator) Bank is to develop Troy University and Troy, Alabama into a regional center for economic growth by creating entrepreneurial resources and collaboration opportunities for our community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, local businesses, and leaders. The IDEA Bank aims to support student-centric entrepreneurship and new ventures in the southeast Alabama region by providing students with the knowledge, resources, and support system to launch their ideas locally

Guiding Principles


Entrepreneurs must possess unique willpower and a can-do attitude to succeed. Entrepreneurial ventures are risky and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but an idea will remain an idea if the person behind it does not have the confidence and willingness to jump right in. At the IDEA Bank, we will instill pride in being different, cultivate a spirit of risk-taking, and encourage disruption. We will inspire students to lean into their ideas and believe in themselves.


TROY will offer an Entrepreneurship Minor with the frameworks, courses, and theories to ensure students are grounded in both fundamental and innovative principles needed to move forward. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, the IDEA Bank will empower a curriculum that supplies students with the foundation needed to perfect their craft.


The learning does not stop with the academic curriculum. Special workshops, niche brainstorming sessions, mentorship-matching, guest speakers, community collaboration, and real-life projects will be crucial aspects of the IDEA Bank’s operation to allow young entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities associated with their ideas.


The goal for all student entrepreneurs is to launch their ideas. The IDEA Bank prioritizes hands-on collaboration with faculty, staff, community members, alumni, and more, to provide the support system that students need to apply their inspiration, learning, and exploration to the full development and application of their ideas.

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Student Launchpad Program

Are you a TROY student with a great idea, but not sure where to start? We are here to help! Click the LAUNCH button below to schedule your introductory meeting with the director of the IDEA Bank and start making your ideas come to life. 

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Book the IDEA Bank

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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Current Student Entrepreneurs

Check out the current student-run businesses that are growing and thriving at the IDEA Bank!

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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.



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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. Enter your email below to receive email alerts about IDEA Bank activities, events and updates. 


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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.

Sierra Champion

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.

Hannah Dinkel

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.

Darla Thompson

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 doctoral student expected to graduate in 2021.

Mark A. Grant

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. Mark is a current TROY student expected to graduate in 2021. Click below to follow Krysala on Facebook and stay tuned for updates on their first game soon!

Dawson Hicks

IDEA Bank Live, Dawson Hicks

IDEA Bank Live is a YouTube Channel featuring original performances from local musicians, recorded live from the IDEA Bank. Dawson is a current TROY student expected to graduate in 2022. Check out the channel and email to get involved! 

James Fibbe & LuveyAnne Patrick

TrojanVinyls LLC, James Fibbe & LuveyAnne Patrick

TrojanVinyls LLC is a student-owned sticker and vinyl company specializing in promotional items like stickers, signs, koozies, and more. James and LuveyAnne are current TROY students expected to graduate in 2022. Follow TrojanVinyls on Facebook or Instagram for more information.




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!