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Faculty Grants (VentureWell Opportunities)

Up to $30k grant opportunity to help students develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain entrepreneurial skills. RFP opening in August.

 

get funding and support to pioneer new ways to engage students in stem innovation and entrepreneurship and grow your campus i&e ecosystem

VentureWell is excited to announce new faculty grant opportunities for Spring 2017. We are seeking proposals for two new focus areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success.

Our Faculty Grants help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. The Spring cycle has three areas of focus:

Focus 1: Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student:
Many undergraduate students are not exposed to innovation and entrepreneurship until their final year in courses such as the capstone design. We can better prepare students for these culminating experiences and increase the pipeline of student inventors and innovators through early exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship education.

This focus offers a two-phase grant opportunity:

  • A $5,000 Phase 1 planning grant and workshop
  • Grantees from Phase 1 who have completed the workshop are invited to apply for the Phase 2 grant of up to $30,000 to develop and implement their plan

Focus 2: Faculty Fellowship for Student Venture Development:
Many university students have access to innovation and entrepreneurship programming on their campuses, but many do not gain support or funding beyond local ecosystems. Because of this, student teams often lack key knowledge that would make them desirable to national venture development programs.

VentureWell is seeking proposals from faculty who are interested in preparing student entrepreneurs to be competitive beyond their campus; improving their own skills for teaching invention and innovation to solve real-world problems, and exploring new ways to teach entrepreneurship concepts.

This focus offers funding, training, and support:

  • $10,000 in grant funding for curriculum development, course materials, and travel
  • Attendance at E-Team Stage 1 workshop and access to the curriculum

Focus 3: Pathways-Scale and Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members)
Up to $30,000, to scale or institutionalize one or more components of your campus innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

*For this Spring 2017 grant cycle we are accepting proposals only for these three focus areas. If you would like to submit a proposal on another topic, please submit to the Fall 2017 cycle (deadline November 8).

For complete details on each focus, click on the read the guidelines links on the right.
For questions please contact: grants@venturewell.org

 

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E-Team Program (VentureWell Opportunity

Up to $25k grant opportunity for student teams. Applications dueOctober 4.

 

Venturewell helps student inventors make impacts on the world.

We fund and train student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures. Our E-Team Program provides funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace.

E-Team program. Grants and training to help university entrepreneurs move ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace. Stage 1, Market Discovery: 50 teams; Key objective: Discover the best market for the invention; $5,000 in funding. Stage 2, Business Model: 20 teams; Key objective: Develop and validate business model; $20,000 in funding. Aspire: Investment Readiness: 10 teams; Key objective: develop a case for partners and investors to invest in the business; Opportunity for further funding.What’s an E-Team?
An E-Team—or Entrepreneur-Team—is a multidisciplinary group of students and faculty working together to bring an invention to market. Here are some of our top E-Teams.

Eligibility
There are five questions to ask:

  1. Do you have a science or technology invention?
  2. Could your invention scale to address a social or environmental need? Some examples of types of technologies we fund include medical or healthcare-related
    devices, clean energy technologies, and technologies for low-resource settings.
  3. Does your team include two or more students (grad or undergrad)?
  4. Does your team have a faculty advisor?
  5. Is your university a VentureWell member? Check your school’s membership status.

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, then the E-Team Program is for you. Read the detailed guidelines.

 

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HackUConn 2017

The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society hosted the second annual HackUConn event on March 24th into the 25th in NextGen 012.  A hackathon is an event that promotes a collaborative effort among teams to innovate and invent.  The HackUConn event brought together motivated students, industry sponsors, and experienced mentors to encourage networking, creativity, and problem solving in a fast-paced team-oriented environment.

The theme this year was Living with Allergies: Reimagining the Solution.  Student teams had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts at the conclusion of the event.  The event was sponsored by The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C, the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium, First Year Programs and Learning Communities, and Residential Life.

Coverage of the event included The Daily Campus (http://dailycampus.com/stories/2017/3/27/innovation-and-creativity-at-second-annual-hackuconn) and UConn Today (http://today.uconn.edu/2017/03/student-innovators-create-solutions-allergies).

Connecticut Innovation Summit

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Building on the exceptional success of our 2015 Innovation Summit, we’re moving forward with the 2016 Innovation Summit in a similar fashion, focusing on connecting launch and growth companies with funding, co-working opportunities, and professional resources. On the tenth anniversary of the Innovation Summit, we’re making sure the event is bigger, better, and the most business-friendly event CT has ever seen!  Join us for Connecticut’s largest networking event for Launch, Growth and Proven companies, featuring workshops,  Lunch with an Angel, Company Showcase, and more! Perfect for entrepreneurs, businesses, venture capitalists, angel investors, and members of the public.

To learn more, visit http://www.ct.org/signature-event/connecticut-innovation-summit/

CSI CyberSEED

On October 10-11, the University of Connecticut, through its Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation, will be hosting CyberSEED’16 (#CyberSEED on Twitter): the third conference on “Emerging Cybersecurity Trends in Cloud, IoT and Beyond”. Cybersecurity leaders from industry, academia and government will come together on the UCONN campus. They’ll hear from notable thought leaders, share perspectives, and formulate strategies for addressing current and emerging security and cybersecurity threats. This year’s special focuses include Geopolitical Security, Workforce Challenges, the Rise of Ransomware, Open Source Vulnerabilities, Wearable Tech Risks, Social Engineering, Integrated DevOps Security and more.

We invite you to check five top reasons why not to miss CyberSEED’16, hop to csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/ and freely register today!

Here are a few reasons to attend:

  • A Sad Story, a Smart Watch and a Cozy Bear. We all know that social engineering, wearable tech and global tensions are creating very real threats to our economy, our privacy, our elections and more. CyberSEED is where white hats sharpen their skills.
  • $4.45 Buys a Starbucks Venti and a Ticket to CyberSEED’s All Star Lineup. (Hint: One is Free.)A former White House employee who now focuses on Internet policy and privacy issues at Facebook. The Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. The Founder and CEO of Amyx+, winner of the Cloud and DevOps World 2016 Award for Most Innovative Vendor. These are just a few of the leaders and doers scheduled to speak at CyberSEED 2016. Your cost? $0 to register ($25 security deposit for no-show). You cover your own transportation, meals and lodging costs, but the conference and all of its sessions are free.
  • A Peek Behind the Curtain at fsociety On the lighter side, you’ll have the chance to hear firsthand how the real hackers behind USA’s Mr. Robot get it so right. Four of them will be joining us for a special panel to discuss how the hacks featured on the show have been driving security awareness and change.
  • Networking: Challenge Accepted. The person sitting next to you at lunch or at a session could be a future partner, collaborator, or mentor.
  • Some Sweet Extra Credit. Attendance at CyberSEED 2016 will earn you a healthy batch of 16 CPEs towards your re-certifications.

General Event Information:

October 10-11, 2016 UConn Rome Commons Ballroom 626 Gilbert Road Ext. Storrs, CT 06269 URL: csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/ Registration: http://www.csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/register.html Twitter: #CyberSEED, @CSICyberSEED

The CyberSEED Team Contacts: laurent.michel@uconn.edu, john.chandy@uconn.edu