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VentureWell News

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

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

Partner News

11/20/14 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.

10/8/14 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.

9/19/14 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 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.

Grantee & Alumni News

10/31/2014 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 Three VentureWell E-Teams won MassChallenge Awards. Disease Diagnostic Group and DrinkWell each won $100K. Fluid-Screen won $50K.

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

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

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

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

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

Innovation Network News

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

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

9/9/14 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.


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