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February 2015

2/25/15 | Grantee & Alumni news
I-Corps alum & current E-Team Elegus Technologies featured in Bloomberg Business for making a safer battery using kevlar

2/24/15 | Grantee & Alumni news
Congrats to E-Team Fluid-Screen for being chosen as one of four winners of the 1776 Challenge Cup in Boston!

January 2015

1/22/15 | VentureWell news
VentureWell President Phil Weilerstein quoted in Fast Company article on students fighting to claim IP revenue from undergrad startups

1/16/15 | Innovation Network news
25 U.S. Institutions Selected for Pathways to Innovation Program by NSF-Funded Epicenter

December 2014

12/12/14 | Innovation Network news
Steve Blank Challenges Federal Government to Learn Entrepreneurship” article in Forbes on NSF and NIH I-Corps programs.

November 2014

11/24/14 | VentureWell news
VentureWell’s Open Conference registration goes live.

11/20/14 | Partner news
Epicenter PI Sheri Sheppard, professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

11/20/14 | VentureWell news
VentureWell partners with State Department global mentoring network for MENA, Asia regions.

11/11/14 | Innovation Network news
Building a United States of Innovators” article on the NSF I-Corps National Innovation Network in the Center for Innovation Management Studies newsletter.

October 2014

10/31/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
Selling and trading groundwater rights is no longer a complicated exercise thanks to Mammoth Trading’s innovative approach, based on NSF-funded research.

10/30/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
Three VentureWell E-Teams won MassChallenge Awards. Disease Diagnostic Group and DrinkWell each won $100K. Fluid-Screen won $50K.

10/8/14 | Partner news
Village Capital will host a happy hour on October 16 in Louisville, KY, featuring 12 of the country’s most promising agricultural entrepreneurs. Join them if you are in the area.

10/3/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
VentureWell grantee Sanergy beat applicants from 93 countries to share top position in the 2014 Nestle Prize in Creating Shared Value competition.

September 2014

9/30/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
The September issue of The Innovator, VentureWell’s alumni newsletter, is released. Featuring Dara O’Rourke of GoodGuide.

9/19/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
Harvard faculty member Conor Walsh unveils the Soft Robot Toolkit, funded in part by VentureWell.

9/19/14 | Partner news
The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) opened the application process for its University Innovation Fellows program for U.S. college and university students. The application deadline is October 31, 2014.

9/13/14 | Partner news
GIST I-Tech Business Competition Heating Up! The 67 semi-finalists are entrepreneurs representing 34 countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

9/9/14 | Innovation Network news
The Lemelson-MIT Program awards prestigious prize and $500k to Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, biomedical engineer and professor, for designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies with applications to improve human health.

9/6/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
PharmaChk receives $2m grant to speed commercialization of its portable screening device that detects fake and substandard medicines.

9/3/14 | Grantee & Alumni news
Sanergy cofounders Vallabhaneni and Lindsay Stradley, husband and wife, win the 2014 Grinnell Prize — a $100,000 award honoring young innovators in social justice.

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