2024 Deshpande Symposium Awards

The winners have a proven track record of enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship in their campuses and communities.

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NOAA Innovates Cohort

Eleven teams are chosen for the Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerator, Powered by VentureWell.

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American-Made MSI Contract Readiness Prize

Up to $300K to increase the level of Department of Energy–contract readiness of Minority-Serving Institutions.

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A new white paper offers four ways to foster creative thinking in student entrepreneurs.

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Aspire Climatetech 2024 Cohort

Meet the 16 dynamic startups chosen to participate in our investor-engagement program.

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Ascend Energy & Mobility Accelerator

An opportunity for Michigan startups, presented by VentureWell, TechTown Detroit, and DOE’s EPIC Prize.

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Our Vision

We envision a world in which science and technology innovators have the support, training, and access to networks and resources they need to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

VentureWell is on a mission to cultivate a pipeline of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges and to create lasting impact.

We foster collaboration among the best minds from research labs, classrooms, and beyond to advance innovation and entrepreneurship education and to provide unique opportunities for STEM students and researchers to fully realize their potential to improve the world.

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Early-Stage Innovators

We work directly with a variety of early-stage innovators to help them bring their ideas to market through workshops and training, coaching and mentoring, funding and awards.
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Faculty Initiatives

We support faculty in developing programs that cultivate student innovators and promote institutional change through grants, workshops, training, and conferences.
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I&E Networks

We create and build networks to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, both nationally and within individual organizations and schools.
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Ideas & Impact

Here are our top stories, new ideas & reflections.

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Ascend Energy & Mobility Accelerator

Preparing Michigan startups to launch their venture.
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