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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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Be like Battier: A collaborative approach to fundraising

By Victoria Matthew Faculty entrepreneurs need money, be they starting a venture or building programs on campus. Many motivated faculty are happy to jump in with both feet and raise money, only to be told to back off because that’s the development office’s job. So what’s a faculty entrepreneur to do? A few weeks ago […]

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NCIIA is now VentureWell!

We’re so excited about our new brand! Take some time to look around our new web site. Check out our new blog, InsideImpact, for news and stories from our CEO, staff, partners, and innovators. See what our community is saying about our new name. Watch our new VentureWell video and success stories! We’d be honored […]

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Phil Weilerstein talks about our new name

NCIIA is Now VentureWell! It is with great pride and excitement that we announce our new name: VentureWell. Our new tagline: Idea to Impact. Why change now? To prepare for the path ahead. For nearly twenty years, we’ve been on a mission to launch new game-changing ventures from an emerging generation of young scientists and […]

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GIST Tech-I competition is heating up! Vote!

Selection of the 30 GIST Tech-I finalists by the online voting public is occurring now through October 1st.  The 67 semi-finalists are entrepreneurs representing 34 countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The 30 finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) being held in November […]

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I-Corps for Learning™ grows with NIN

One of the exciting growth areas of I-Corps™ is I-Corps-L™. “L” stands for “learning.” The program adapts the I-Corps™ model for the purpose of promoting sustainable innovation in STEM education. As blogged by Steve Blank here, I-Corps-L™ has grown from a successful pilot in 2014 to a full cohort in California in Jan-Feb 2015. Potential […]

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Greenlight Planet: Bringing light to millions off the grid (new video)

Greenlight Planet: Bringing light to millions off the grid (new video)

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Ecovative: Building materials from nature (new video)

Ecovative: Building materials from nature (new video)

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Profile: I-Corps™ Mentor Randy Graves

Sometimes the best lessons are learned the hard way. When Randy Graves mentors young entrepreneurs through the Washington, DC, I-Corps™ program node, he often thinks back to a long, painful experience with one of his own startup companies that had a great product but failed because it didn’t know its customers. In the early 1990s, […]

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University of Akron I-Corps™ Site

Just over a year ago, the University of Akron launched its I-Corps™ Site. Elyse Ball, Assistant Counsel at the University of Akron Research Foundation, is an instructor at the Site and a key part of its success. I asked Elyse what’s new at Akron and she said, “Thus far, 29 teams from UA and five […]

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Sproxil fights fakery that threatens health (new video)

Sproxil fights fakery that threatens health (new video)

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