Open 2015, the VentureWell 19th Annual Conference, will take place March 20-21, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

13602796265_7f4ed4a888_z 13602662175_2819abe222_z 13602694585_1286ddaebb_zOpen is an intensive two-day conference for practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education

VentureWell is dedicated to fostering an emerging generation of young inventors and entrepreneurs driven to improve life for people and the planet. Our Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in technology entrepreneurship education.

The next Open conference will take place March 20-21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Registration will open soon! If you submitted a proposal, you will hear from the conference committee in late October.

To find out more about our Open conferences, visit last year’s site.

The formal Call for Proposals for Open 2015 has closed, but there are still ways to participate in the conference. We invite you to submit ideas for Open Meetups, Open Minis and posters. The deadline for submitting is February 2, 2015.

Open Meetups are 75-minute, unstructured, participant-driven conversations centered on a particular theme or purpose. Each Meetup will have a facilitator (or two). To submit your idea for an Open Meetup and to be a facilitator, email Tim Binkert at

Open Minis are quick, dynamic, 5-minute PPT presentations gathered into themed clusters. They follow the Ignite style: 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds. The format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and engaging. To submit an Open Mini, email Tim Binkert at

Posters allow presenters to discuss their projects with interested colleagues for 75 minutes in an informal setting. If you’re interested in presenting a poster at the conference, log in, select “Apply for a Grant or Enter a Competition,” then click “Select an RFP” and navigate to “VentureWell 19th Annual Conference Call for Posters.” Poster presenters will receive the presenter registration rate.


Accept/reject notification date for submitted proposals:
Monday, October 27, 2014

Paper submission deadline:
Monday, January 5, 2015

Paper notification date:
Friday, January 30, 2015

Submit final draft (optional):
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Poster submission deadline:
Monday, February 2, 2015

Deadline to make changes to session information:
Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper submission

Submitting a formal paper for the conference proceedings is optional for presenting in a paper session. If you choose to submit a paper, one, FINAL draft is due January 5, 2015. Here is the full publishing schedule:

  • Deadline for submission of FINAL draft paper: January 5 (2015)
  • Peer review completed and accept/reject notices sent out: January 30 (2015)
  • Completed, final papers due: February 5 (2015)

Read the paper guidelines.


“The energy level of all of the presenters and participants is amazing. People are passionate and willing to share and everyone quickly becomes part of the activity. So much good information and wonderful activities are crammed into the two-day conference and you come away with ideas that can be implemented at your own university now…not some day.” – Open 2013 conference attendee

“The organizers set up many opportunities for networking both randomly at large group events and in a more focused manner based on interests. I met so many amazing people and came home inspired and motivated to take on my own projects.” – Open 2013 conference attendee

“This was my first NCIIA conference. I felt welcomed by the community… It was a fantastic networking opportunity.” – Open 2013 conference attendee

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