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How to grow your institution’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem

By Victoria Matthew, co-leader of the Pathways to Innovation Program. Do you ever wonder if there’s some secret sauce you can add to your campus and voila, you’ve got a fully formed innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) ecosystem? Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with faculty and administrators from across the country who have decades of […]

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I-Corps™ success story: STEMKids (re-blog)

This blog post by Rhonda Schrader was originally posted on the Bay Area NSF I-Corps™ blog. You can read the original post here. Most start up stories aren’t like fairy tales—even seasoned and talented entrepreneurs can run into walls. The founders of STEMKids used the I-Corps™ program to leap over that proverbial wall and find […]

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I-Corps team OmegaChea uses microbial engineering to transform chemical industry

Petroleum-based products are dirty to produce, difficult to recycle and until very recently, relatively expensive. Could friendly bacteria be genetically modified to secrete useful substitutes to replace them? A new student-led company at Iowa State University thinks so. “What we are doing is we are feeding sugar to bacteria, and we have engineered bacteria to […]

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E-Team PharmaCheck is saving lives by safeguarding the efficacy of pharmacopeia

The top ten causes of death in developing countries take an estimated 5.25 million lives each year. Many of these deaths caused by illness or disease are preventable. One problem is that 30-50 percent of pharmaceuticals available in the developing world are either counterfeit or sub-standard. Counterfeit drugs often contain none of the essential active […]

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AppScale Systems scales up with I-Corps

AppScale Systems has been on a fast track since completing the seven-week National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) course in November 2013. The open-source software company has attracted $1 million in angel investments, won major SBIR grants (Phase 1/B and Phase II funding) and launched a game-changing collaboration with the giant, Google. AppScale is […]

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Are We Diluting BME Capstone Design?

An interesting topic just came up at ASEE’s annual conference in Seattle, one that we don’t discuss very often in the world of innovation promotion: are we focusing too heavily on it? That is, are we diluting BME capstone design by orienting the curriculum too far toward technology commercialization? Are engineering fundamentals getting lost? In […]

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E-Team Baisikeli Ugunduzi reinvents the wheel

You could say that they set out to reinvent the wheel. John Gershenson, a professor with a background in bicycle R&D, and Ben Mitchell, a graduate student and former Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso with a passion for bicycles, spent several years at an engineering lab at Michigan Technological University developing a new bicycle […]

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Less fertilizer, more food? Growcentia advances sustainable agriculture.

The sustainable agriculture movement is gaining ground with Growcentia, Inc., a new company providing an innovative solution to reduce environmental impact and boost crop health. Growcentia, now on the cusp of going to market, is a venture that its co-founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Matthew D. Wallenstein has created in part from lessons he learned […]

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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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