events & opportunities

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

from venturewell


OPEN 2020 in Salt Lake City

Join us for our 24th annual conference on March 19-21, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our OPEN conference gathers together engaged faculty, administrators, global innovators, and university students from across disciplines to network, share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in technology entrepreneurship education. Learn more and register.

Freelance Science Writer

We are seeking an experienced science writer/journalist to produce a portfolio of stories that describe and spotlight the work and accomplishments of the National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program. Written for a non-scientific audience, the stories will feature IUCRCs’ most noteworthy breakthroughs or emerging advances, highlighting both research outcomes and human-interest outcomes. Learn more about the project here. Submit your proposal to Michael Sjostedt, Marketing & Communications Officer:


OPEN 2020 Call for Posters

Share your work with an audience of faculty, administrators, global innovators, and university students across the I&E spectrum by presenting a poster at OPEN 2020 in Salt Lake City! Our Poster Session & Reception provides a unique opportunity for presenters to have thoughtful, in-depth conversations with dozens of fellow attendees about their research. The dynamic, 90-minute session allows presenters to gain valuable feedback on their ideas, helping them fine-tune their project or research.  Accepted poster presenters will receive a discount off our standard registration fee. The deadline for Poster session proposals is December 20.



from the i&e community

2019 New England Venture Summit

The 14th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of venture-backed, emerging and early-stage companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers. This year’s summit will be held on December 4 at the Hilton Boston in Dedham, MA. Register now!

Greentown Labs

One of the largest cleantech incubators is the US, Greentown Labs is a community of passionate entrepreneurs creating energy technologies that transform the way we live, work, and play. They believe in the impact that innovative clean technologies will have on the world and the difference people can make. Apply to become a 2019 member now!

Richi Entrepreneurs

Richi Entrepreneurs is a two phase immersion program in Boston for companies from around the world with high impact solutions in Biotech, Medtech, Digital Health and Cleantech sectors. You’ll get the opportunity to connect and initiate meaningful relationships with investors, market players, advisors, industry experts, and private & public institutions that will help bring your business to the next level. Applications open January 2020.

JLABS @ Washington, DC Children’s QuickFire Challenge

In honor of the new JLABS @ Washington, DC launching together with Children’s National1, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS announces the JLABS @ Washington, DC Children’s QuickFire Challenge. Visionaries within the fields of pediatric oncology, pediatric surgery and influenza are invited to submit innovative ideas. Innovators can receive up to $150,000 in total grant funding and one year of residency at JLABS @ Washington, D.C. along with mentoring by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.

Accelerator One

During our intense accelerator programme, selected smart energy startups will receive hands-on mentorship from industry experts, free office space, seed funding and access to a global network of investors with the ultimate goal of scaling their business and becoming one of the energy industry leading companies. Learn more and apply.


Every six months Urban-X selects up to 10 urban-tech startups and invest $100,000 per company. The URBAN-X accelerator program provides 20 immersive weeks of customer development, product development, network-building and expert guidance for startups – all in preparation for fundraising. The accelerator is unique in that our mentors are experts in urban-tech challenges and deeply understand regulated industries and government procurement– to help equip startups facing the unique challenges of working with and in cities. Learn more and apply.

ACRE @ Urban Future Lab

Rapidly scale and transform your startup into a vehicle for solving the world’s greatest challenge, climate change. ACRE provides unmatched access to strategic advisement, introductions to industry stakeholders, marketing and branding support, investor networks, and access to a community of like-minded founders solving real challenges in energy, water, waste, infrastructure, transportation, and resiliency. Learn more and apply.

Clean Energy Trust Investment

Clean Energy Trust brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest. To date, Clean Energy Trust has invested in 27 companies across the Midwest. Currently, the 501vc® Seed Fund typically invests between $100k and $300k in companies that are Pre-Seed through Series A and that are currently based in the broader Midwest. Learn more and apply.


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