e-team grant program

We help student inventors make an impact on the world.

About the E-Team Grant Program
Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Our offerings advance teams through the pathway they’re likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. If teams are able to continue with their startup after they graduate, ASPIRE and our investor network are available to help teams prepare to build your company.

We accept applications three times a year. See our upcoming application deadline in the sidebar.

What’s an E-Team?
An E-Team—or Entrepreneur-Team—is a multidisciplinary group of student-led teams working together with faculty to bring an invention to market. View our E-Teams.

Why apply to be an E-Team?

e-team grant program




e-team grant program




e-team grant program




e-team grant program




Do you qualify?
For each cohort, VentureWell selects dedicated science and engineering based student-led teams from across the nation that are creating high-impact inventions or innovations.

Other requirements include:

  • Developed Invention. Do you have a science or technology invention with the intention to commercialize?
  • Social/Environmental Impact. Could your invention scale to address a social or environmental need? We fund and support innovations to local and global challenges including health, food security, energy and climate change. See additional examples here
  • Student Team Identified. Does your team include two or more students (grad or undergrad)? Does your team have a faculty advisor?
  • Institution Member Status. Is your institution a VentureWell member? Check your school’s membership status. Membership is required by the time you submit your proposal.

Need additional information about the program? Read the detailed guidelines.

Watch what past E-Teams are saying. 

 Impact numbers

  • $11.1M in grants given to teams of student inventors and entrepreneurs
  • 699 E-Team grants have been awarded since 1996
  • E-Teams have launched 230 ventures and have received $578 million in follow-on funding

Questions? Please contact David D’Angelo

The E-Team Grant program is presented through the generous support of The Lemelson Foundation and the Autodesk Foundation.

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