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

November 30, 2016

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.

Building an enterprise company as a student or first-time founder

October 19, 2016

As an undergraduate at Stanford with all the hot consumer startups sprouting up around us, my friends and I would always joke that we knew we had become boring computer scientists if we ended up working an enterprise company. To be fair, I was at Stanford when Facebook was growing rapidly, everyone was switching over to Dropbox, and Twitter was just starting to get traction with celebrities. Consumer companies just seemed so much cooler.

Fast forward six years, I’m now a 5th year PhD student at MIT in computer security, focusing on how to practically apply cryptography to enterprise systems that deal with big data. During the school year, I’m on the team of Roughdraft Ventures, focusing on security and enterprise companies, and during the summer, I co-founded and continue to run a summer program with Highland Capital for early stage cybersecurity startups called Cybersecurity Factory, where we help founders penetrate the security enterprise market. I also consult with various companies on their security strategy. Having worked with numerous first-time enterprise founders, of which many were students, I learned a few important lessons on starting an enterprise company.

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Connecticut Innovation Summit

October 17, 2016

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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

September 28, 2016

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

Bioscience Connecticut Progress Celebration

September 19, 2016

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