Faculty Spotlight: Ruth Ochia

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This week we continue our series highlighting educators within the VentureWell network that are doing good work—faculty members that are challenging norms in higher education. Next up is Ruth Ochia from Temple University.

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15 I&E Books for Your Holiday Reading List

Looking for some innovation and entrepreneurship holiday reading? Here’s what a cross-section of entrepreneurship educators from around the country are interested in today.

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The VentureWell List: 2016

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2016 was a banner year at VentureWell, and 2017 is shaping up to be even more exciting. Here’s a quick summary of how we helped grow innovation and entrepreneurship in 2016.

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Faculty Spotlight: Magda Lagoudas

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Our on-going series on educators within the VentureWell network doing good work focuses on Magda Lagoudas, Executive Director of Industry/Nonprofit Partnerships and Instructional Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.

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Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students

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To build a diverse pipeline of I&E innovators, we must recruit students from underrepresented groups into STEM and help them persist. Mentoring is part of the answer here. We spoke with mentoring expert Becky Wai-Ling Packard about how to design an effective mentoring initiative.

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Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at VentureWell!


We’d like to take a moment to give heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes VentureWell happen: Our funders and partners for their indispensable support The brilliant people who participate in our programs with whom we always feel lucky to work All the stakeholders in the greater community working to push invention & entrepreneurship forward And […]

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Three Things We Can Do to Make Entrepreneurship More Inclusive

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Science- and technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship is rightly seen as a fundamental driver of American prosperity, but underrepresentation of women and people of color occurs along every step of the I&E process. Here are three practical things we can do.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alizabeth Sanchez Lopez

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Our on-going series on educators within the VentureWell network doing good work focuses on Alizabeth M. Sánchez-López, Associate Professor in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico.

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Want to Integrate I&E on Campus? Adopt a “Principle of Inclusiveness”


“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Change is hard. Leading change efforts is even harder, and not for everyone. Yet as part of […]

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Inventing Green: Sanergy


Let’s say you have an idea. You think it’s clean tech, and it’s going to improve lives around the world. Now step back for a moment: is it really clean? What are the environmental impacts of the innovation? What materials are used in production? What happens when the product is disposed of? VentureWell has produced […]

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So What Exactly Is Entrepreneurship, Anyway?


If you’re a champion of entrepreneurship education, you know how challenging it can be to get other faculty and administrators to share your vision and passion. The biggest challenge, other than overcoming biases, often comes down to the perennial question, “What is entrepreneurship?” I’ve been in meetings and at events where definitions range from “venture […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Mary Raber

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what makes for a great teacher? a passion for learning This week we continue our series on educators within the VentureWell network. These educators are challenging norms in higher education and inspiring students to impact the world through invention. This month’s faculty spotlight is Mary Raber, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, Pavlis Honors College Director, […]

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Five Models for Scaling Up a Global Health Venture

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Last week we offered six tips on being a successful global health innovator, including knowing your “innovation pathway”: the way you want to get your innovation to market. Do you want to form your own venture? License? With whom will you partner? These are key decisions, made all the more important by the fact that […]

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So, You Want to Be a Global Health Innovator?

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You’re smart, you’re aware of the challenges in global health, and you might even have an idea for a new technology that could address a need. Take a look at these six tips for global health innovators—they may help you plan out your next steps with greater clarity.

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Customer Interviews: Tips, Do’s and Don’ts

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Steve Blank’s Lean Startup approach to entrepreneurship is based on a simple idea: quickly find out what works and discard the rest. That way you’ll discover if your idea is worth pursuing before putting a lot of time and effort into it. One of the key ways entrepreneurs find out what works is through conducting […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Craig Forest


the best part of teaching? seeing students discover the person they want to be This week we continue our series on educators within the VentureWell network that are having an impact on innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystems—both the national one and their own. These educators are challenging norms in higher education and inspiring students to have an impact on […]

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You Built It. Did They Come?

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A recent New York Times article, ‘The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas: Can architecture spur creativity?’ discussed how schools have gone from building high-end dining commons and luxe workout facilities to innovative, multimillion dollar learning spaces. These spaces often mirror high-tech workplaces, with open work areas and pass-through spaces to foster creative collisions. Here’s the […]

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Four Themes Shaping Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education

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At VentureWell, we firmly believe the best is yet to come in entrepreneurship education, both as a field of study in higher ed and the impact future innovators will have in creating a more prosperous world. But what are the next steps in innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) education? What are the areas of focus that […]

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