Open 2017

Invent the future of
innovation & entrepreneurship education

VentureWell 21st Annual Conference
March 23-25, 2017
Washington, D.C.



Our annual Open Minds event at the conference was featured by PBS NewsHour

On March 23-25, 2017, 500 innovators from higher education will explore how best to support innovation & entrepreneurship education at the VentureWell 21st Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Join us!


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. A non-profit founded in 1995, 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.

A key means of building a community that can make our vision a reality is our annual conference, called Open to reflect both the welcoming culture of our attendees and the way the conference connects people across disciplines and geographies to grow entrepreneurship education. The conference gathers together hundreds of engaged faculty and university students to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in this rapidly growing field.

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Student teams: apply to participate in Open Minds

Woman listening to presentationScientists and students watching a demonstration
A conference presenter delivering her presentation


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