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Activities for teaching innovation

download the games toolkit and start designing your own game now   The VentureWell annual conference always focuses on activities for teaching innovation and other practical takeaways for educators. Part of the 2015 VentureWell conference was Ideas at Play, a gathering of 50 faculty and students who spent the day playing games that teach innovation skills, creativity and […]

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How bias in STEM impedes commercialization path for women faculty

The issue of gender discrimination against women has officially percolated to the surface of the science and tech world. From high-profile Silicon Valley gender discrimination trials to discussions of the low participation rate of women in STEM fields, secrets are suddenly out in the open, questions are being raised, cultural biases are being examined and […]

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BullEx: Training Firefighters Safely & Effectively

Firefighting is dangerous work. And naturally, training firefighters is difficult, complicated and expensive. Putting firemen trainees in front of live flames with a hose is dangerous, given the unpredictable nature of fire, and time consuming and expensive, given local, state and federal regulatory compliance. Cleaning up hazardous waste left behind imposes additional costs. In 2003, […]

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Spaces for Innovation: 12 Suggestions

This post is re-blogged from the University Innovation Fellows program website. Fellows are change leaders who foster a climate of innovation, creativity and design thinking on their campuses and beyond. The deadline for applications for the Fall 2015 cohort is May 11. Google “space for innovation” and several hundred results will show up. The difference between […]

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Intelliwheels: Why not gears for a wheelchair?

On a beautiful fall morning at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, Scott Daigle, an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, was watching from his dorm room as the campus came to life. Looking across the quadrangle, he noticed that everyone seemed to be making their way with ease, running to class, roller-blading, bicycling—everyone except for […]

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The VentureWell List

Welcome to The VentureWell List. 2014 was a banner year for VentureWell, and 2015 looks to be even more exciting. We changed, and our innovators achieved new milestones. We changed our name. This year NCIIA became VentureWell. Why? Our community is expanding and becoming rapidly more globalized, reaching into most every corner of the world […]

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AYZH delivers health solutions for women in India

Habib Anwar and Zubaida Bai moved to the United States from India in 2008 to attend an MBA program at Colorado State University. They believed that the MBA program would be instrumental in setting up a business to bring health solutions to India’s rural poor. But this desire to make a difference existed within these […]

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Luke Pinkerton of Helix Steel

Luke Pinkerton of Helix Steel

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Xcelerator in Malawi: Innovations to save lives at birth

“See, we have innovation here as well,” laughed Queen Dube, Head of Pediatrics at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi as she pointed to a lawn-chair strapped to a set of wheels. VentureWell’s 8th Xcelerator program was held in Malawi to strengthen innovations to save lives at birth, in partnership with the University of […]

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AWAIR: Reducing Discomfort for Patients on Ventilation

At first, the ventilation solution seemed too simple. Rush Bartlett, a Biomedical Engineer and Post Doctoral student in the interdisciplinary Stanford University Biodesign Program, had been observing doctors in the Intensive Care Unit at Stanford Hospital for several months. Within Biodesign, Rush teamed up with Ryan Van Wert, a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician in […]

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Designmatters: Art & design education embraces social entrepreneurship

When Mariana Amatullo sought to develop Designmatters, a global academic program that would combine art and design education with social entrepreneurship for the Art Center College of Design, a leading art and design college in Pasadena, California, she turned to VentureWell for her first grants. The daughter of Argentine diplomats who spent her childhood in […]

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D-Rev: Affordable Prosthetics for the Developing World

In the West, modern science and technology has attainable solutions for those unfortunate enough to lose a limb. Veterans and other amputees in the United States can receive computer-assisted prosthetics made from titanium and carbon fibers that cost upwards of $20,000. But those are out of reach for the billions of people who live on […]

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Avitus Orthopaedics: A New Tool for Harvesting Bone Grafts

There is a saying among doctors that patients who enter a hospital for back surgery enter with spinal pain and exit with hip pain. The delicate procedure to fuse spinal vertebrae is preceded by a painful, cumbersome process of harvesting autograft (i.e., bone graft from the patient’s own body) from the pelvis, requiring a major […]

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Sanergy: Turning waste into wealth in Kenya’s slums

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to adequate sanitation, and contaminated water is the second largest cause of disease in the world. Waterborne illness kills approximately 1.6 million children each year. The problem is particularly acute in slums, where more than 1 billion people live. In 2009, at a class in the Massachusetts […]

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Profile: I-Corps™ Team Bio-Adhesive Alliance

Americans’ love for pork products is producing some unintended consequences. Hog farms produce 6 billion gallons of swine manure annually, overwhelming sewage systems, contaminating groundwater and spreading disease. But research at North Carolina A&T University supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and VentureWell’s I-Corps™ program has found a profitable solution to the pollution and […]

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Profile: I-Corps™ Team Mammoth Trading

Profile: I-Corps™ Team Mammoth Trading

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30 Finalists will pitch in Morocco at GIST’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Whoever said that good ideas only come out of Silicon Valley? Once again, GIST finalists for the Technology-Idea, or Tech-I, competition identify this as a myth. A team from South Africa has created a low-cost fire detection device and alert system to mitigate loss of life in high-density slums. A startup in Colombia has created […]

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Profile: I-Corps™ Team SupraSensor

Profile: I-Corps™ Team SupraSensor

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New I-Corps™ programs

Several exciting adaptations of the I-Corps™ program are starting. DC I-Corps is kicking off the Fed Tech Program at the GWU Business School. “Get class credit to build a tech startup!” More info here. Georgia Tech’s VentureLab has created a Startup: Thesis class that is “the first step in the Startup Gauntlet process.” (Startup Gauntlet is […]

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GoodGuide founder puts smarter (and greener) choices at your fingertips

While leading a student research project on consumer product sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, environmental and labor policy professor, Dara O’Rourke, quickly realized that most consumers rarely understand the chemical content and environmental hazards of the products they purchase and bring into their homes. With a passion for education and two decades of […]

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