events & opportunities

A collection of upcoming events and opportunities, both from VentureWell and the innovation & entrepreneurship community

for early stage innovators

Gloved hand holding colorful biologic gridBMEidea Competition

Applications due April 5
A national competition offering university biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas.

E-Team Program graphic explaining the stages of the progamE-Team Program

Applications due May 3
We fund and train student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures. Our E-Team Program provides up to $25k in funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace.



for faculty

US Capitol Building against sunset skyOpen 2017, the VentureWell 21st annual conference

Register now
March 23-25, Washington, D.C.
Our annual conference gathers together hundreds of engaged faculty and university students to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of innovation & entrepreneurship education.

from the i&e community

MassChallenge is now accepting applications for its 2017 startup accelerator program. Apply now for equity-free access to mentors, office space, an alumni community that has raised $1.8B in funding, a dedicated network of top corporate partners and sponsors, and a chance to compete for a share of over $1.5M in no-equity cash awards! Application deadline: March 28

BFI Fuller Challenge
Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” Application deadline: March 31

Mass Ventures
The SBIR Targeted Technologies (START) program helps growing Massachusetts-based companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts. The START program plays an important role in powering Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy. Application deadline: April 3

Deshpande Symposium
The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to share experiences, gain exposure to ideas and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities from across North America. Award nominations due April 4.

TechCo. Startup of the Year
This program seeks diverse startups from all over the world, especially from areas that are newly emerging in the tech scene. It provides opportunities for startups to network with established brand leaders, investors and mentors in the tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Application deadline: April 20

The Global Good Fund Fellowship
The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 15-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund develops these innovators by pairing them with executives who serve as Mentors, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital. The program starts in April.

2017 Clean Energy Trust Challenge
The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator for clean energy innovation. Run by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, the Challenge has led to the development and growth of over 95 businesses throughout the Midwest. The event takes place on May 9.


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