Funding

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

 

Link to more information

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.

 

Link to more information

Spring 2017 UConn IDEA Grant Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 29 UConn undergraduates who have been awarded UConn IDEA Grants! 19 of the award recipients will be completing individual projects, and 10 will be working on collaborative group projects.
The award recipients represent a variety of disciplines, from nursing to elementary education, animal science to biomedical engineering. They will work on designing prototypes and software systems; producing short films, graphic novels, and animations; developing educational programs; and conducting independent research.
Special thanks to the faculty and staff that supported student applications to the UConn IDEA Grant and to those who will be mentoring the award recipients as they complete their projects.

See the full list of winners here.

VentureWell is Offering up to $25,000 for STEM Student Innovators

VentureWell’s E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market.

The multi-stage program provides grant funding, immersive workshops, and coaching to help student teams realize their projects’ full commercial potential.

The application deadline to participate in the spring cohort is January 25.20th_logo2_horizontalcropped1

Inventions and innovations of successful E-Teams have included:

·       Biomedical devices, health care solutions, or health-based technologies
·       Clean technologies, clean energy or sustainable materials
·       Technologies for low-resource settings (U.S. and/or globally) that address poverty and basic human needs such as affordable energy, clean water, health and medical devices, agriculture, IT and other income-generating tools

Learn about our past E-Team grantees and their innovations here.
Detailed guidelines are here and FAQ here.

Nursing and Engineering Students Collaborate on Healthcare Innovation Projects

 

Undergraduate students from the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering/MEM Program (Management and Engineering for Manufacturing) have collaborated on several Healthcare Innovation projects which were presented during the SON’s annual Shark Tank competition. The MEM program is a joint collaboration between the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Both the SON , SOB and the SOE are members of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. Students collaborated over both the Fall and Spring semesters to prove initial feasibility and a working prototype.

For the past three years, the SON Healthcare Innovation Program has challenged our undergraduate nurses to identify a healthcare problem and a creative solution.  Ideas address a wide variety of healthcare issues such as global spread of disease (ex zika virus) and many improvements to the delivery of hospital based healthcare. In addition to working with the SOE/MEM program, the SON will also collaborate with the Biomedical Engineering Department this year on select projects.

Two of the collaborative teams are shown below.

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Noninvasive monitoring of total body fluid including dehydration and fluid overload in real time

 

                                                                                   

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Novel Dispensing Unit eliminating millions of dollars in wasted gloves

YALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION SUMMIT COMING MAY 12!

The Yale Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit is an event tailored to Yale innovators and others developing early-stage technologies to encourage the sharing of new discoveries with market potential with the broader investment community. The event includes the BIOTECH BOOTCAMP, aimed at those interested in commercializing ideas for drug discovery and biological therapeutics, and the TECH BOOTCAMP, for those interested in commercializing ideas from the physical and computer sciences, engineering, software and services. In both cases, the emphasis is on developing fundable ideas and taking an entrepreneurial approach to getting pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists to engage.

WHEN: MAY 12, 8am-6pm
WHERE: Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave.
DETAILS HERE

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The largest gathering of early stage venture investors ever held on campus – over 25 firms with $40 billion under management!
  • Panels on engaging investors at the earliest stages and the latest opportunities and trends in biotech & tech investing
  • Two keynotes: Crystal McKellar, Managing Director & General Counsel, Mithril Capital & George Yancopoulos, President & Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Research Laboratories
  • Pitchoffs for Yale biotech ventures and Yale tech ventures
  • Two Poster Sessions
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks
  • Networking Session

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

REGISTER FOR BIOTECH BOOTCAMP HERE

REGISTER FOR TECH BOOTCAMP HERE

reSET’s 2016 Impact Challenge

The reSET Impact Challenge is an entrepreneurial competition that awards funding and brings regional visibility to the most innovative and viable social venture start-ups in New England. This year, we are excited to announce that the prize purse has grown to $100,000!

 

To apply, businesses must meet the following three criteria:

  • The business must create positive social/environmental impact;
  • The business must be incorporated in, or hold significant operations in New England;
  • The business can’t have generated more than 1 million dollars in total revenue.

Applications are due June 1st, 2016. To learn more or to apply, visit our website www.TheImpactChallenge.org, where you can also sign up for a coaching session to get some help with your application.