5 Trends That Will Shape Entrepreneurship Education in 2016


Entrepreneurship education is starting to steal the limelight in the US. Students want it—about four in ten students want to start their own businesses, according to a poll released in January by Gallup—and schools want to deliver it. The number of colleges and universities that offer courses related to entrepreneurship has grown from a handful […]


E-Team grant awardees announced!

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Our recent grants totaling over $200K are helping teams of science & technology entrepreneurs bring their high-impact inventions to market. This cohort of E-Teams kicked off 2016 with our intensive workshops to help them bring their innovations to market. We’re looking forward to great things!  


The VentureWell List: 2015


2015 has been a successful year at VentureWell, focused on implementing new programs to support science and technology innovators and growing our organization. We engaged nearly 1,800 participants in our programs and events. We worked with over 500 I-Corps teams. We awarded 42 Faculty Grants. We awarded 47 Stage 1 and 20 Stage 2 E-Team […]


14 Higher Education Teams Selected For Pathways To Innovation Program


Fourteen teams of faculty and administrators from U.S. colleges and universities have been selected by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) to join the Pathways to Innovation Program. The Pathways to Innovation Program is designed to help institutions fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. The program is run […]


E-Team NeoVent offers advice to other student entrepreneurs


Stephen John enjoyed a remarkable childhood: he grew up in Nepal, the son of a physician and an engineer who worked in a mission hospital. He’s now following in his parents’ footsteps at the University of Michigan, devoting his career to bringing high-quality, low-cost medical care to people in low-resource settings. He’s already made plenty […]


Xcelerator Workshop Insights: Unexpected Pathways to Breakthrough Solutions


The Xcelerator program facilitates breakthrough problem solving that has substantial implications for the creation of global innovations. Xcelerator achieves this goal through the transfer of ideas among innovation experts and participant teams. “The real shift came at the beginning of Day 2 when they challenged us to think differently,” explained Dr. Raffi Aroian, who leads […]


The Act of Doing is the Art of Learning: Lessons from an Xcelerator Workshop


VentureWell’s Xcelerator Training Program provides strategic planning tools for participants to work with through structured guidance over the course of three days. More often than not, participants find additional applications for the tools they begin to use at Xcelerator beyond marketing their current innovation. For Dr. Amy Webb-Girard, Xcelerator transformed her vision of the knowledge her students […]


“Inspired by what we learned at Xcelerator”: Strategic Tools for Institutional Transformation

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  Growing Nations is a non-profit organization based in Lesotho that trains and provides resources to local farmers in conservation agriculture. The organization has been challenged to make conservation agriculture more accessible and less labor intensive for women farmers, who play integral roles in farming and must often support their families in the absence of […]


So you want to offer a pop-up class?


What are pop-up classes and how can you get your own up and running? Professor Joseph Tranquillo from Bucknell University and Epicenter’s Victoria Matthew share key questions to get you started. There’s a new activity we keep hearing about on campuses across the country: pop-up classes. What exactly are they? And how can you get […]


Do-Think-Make: Engaging in Design Thinking & Creativity at Texas Tech


The Texas Tech University Innovation Fellows, composed of Marshall Head, Victoria Young, Valente Rodriguez, Taylor Persons, Francis Atore and Benjamin Simmons, were able to host an innovative thinking event on their university campus called Do-Think-Make. This event was similar to the activities at the recent University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup, and it was captured […]


Moving university sanitation research into the business world with Xcelerator

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There is an ongoing sanitation crisis in the developing world. Inadequate sewage disposal and overflowing latrines are a serious public health concern across the globe. Dr. Francis de los Reyes hopes to solve this problem through his innovation: a machine that can empty septic tanks. De los Reyes leads a team that has developed the […]


How to grow your institution’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem


As you may have guessed, according to these educators the “secret sauce” perfect solution doesn’t exist. Every school is unique; a technique that may be successful at one school may not be as effective at another. However, the group did identify nine key things everyone can do to help spread I&E on your campus: Identify […]


I-Corps™ success story: STEMKids


Most start up stories aren’t like fairy tales—even seasoned and talented entrepreneurs can run into walls. The founders of STEMKids used the I-Corps™ program to leap over that proverbial wall and find the right product-customer fit. “We started the company to solve problems for teachers, administrators, and parents by providing a 360 degree view of […]


I-Corps team OmegaChea uses microbial engineering to transform chemical industry

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Petroleum-based products are dirty to produce, difficult to recycle and until very recently, relatively expensive. Could friendly bacteria be genetically modified to secrete useful substitutes to replace them? A new student-led company at Iowa State University thinks so. “What we are doing is we are feeding sugar to bacteria, and we have engineered bacteria to […]


E-Team PharmaCheck saving lives by safeguarding the efficacy of pharmacopeia

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The top ten causes of death in developing countries take an estimated 5.25 million lives each year. Many of these deaths caused by illness or disease are preventable. One problem is that 30-50 percent of pharmaceuticals available in the developing world are either counterfeit or sub-standard. Counterfeit drugs often contain none of the essential active […]


AppScale Systems scales up with I-Corps™


AppScale Systems has been on a fast track since completing the seven-week National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) course in November 2013. The open-source software company has attracted $1 million in angel investments, won major SBIR grants (Phase 1/B and Phase II funding) and launched a game-changing collaboration with the giant, Google. AppScale is […]


Are We Diluting BME Capstone Design?


An interesting topic just came up at ASEE’s annual conference in Seattle, one that we don’t discuss very often in the world of innovation promotion: are we focusing too heavily on it? That is, are we diluting BME capstone design by orienting the curriculum too far toward technology commercialization? Are engineering fundamentals getting lost? In […]


E-Team Baisikeli Ugunduzi reinvents the wheel


You could say that they set out to reinvent the wheel. John Gershenson, a professor with a background in bicycle R&D, and Ben Mitchell, a graduate student and former Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso with a passion for bicycles, spent several years at an engineering lab at Michigan Technological University developing a new bicycle […]


Less fertilizer, more food? Growcentia advances sustainable agriculture

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The sustainable agriculture movement is gaining ground with Growcentia, Inc., a new company providing an innovative solution to reduce environmental impact and boost crop health. Growcentia, now on the cusp of going to market, is a venture that its co-founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Matthew D. Wallenstein has created in part from lessons he learned […]


Activities for teaching innovation

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download the games toolkit and start designing your own game now     The VentureWell annual conference always focuses on activities for teaching innovation and other practical takeaways for educators. Part of the 2015 VentureWell conference was Ideas at Play, a gathering of 50 faculty and students who spent the day playing games that teach innovation skills, creativity […]


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