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.


E-Team Grant Program

Applications for the Spring 2020 E-Team Program are now open! We offer up to $25,000 in grant funding, a sponsored training program, networking opportunities, and national exposure for your team. The deadline for full Stage 1 proposals is February 5. Read the guidelines for details and apply now!




BME IdeaBME-IDEA International 

VentureWell, with the support from the Whitaker International Program, is implementing a new grants program, BME-IDEA International: Developing Global Connections for US-based BME Design Faculty and Students. The BME-IDEA International grants program will support collaborative project opportunities for US-based BME design students and faculty across the BME-IDEA global network, and will connect faculty members of the consortium to share resources, best practices, ideas, curriculum, knowledge, challenges, and opportunities around innovation in BME design. The deadline to apply is February 26. Apply now!


from the i&e community


2020 SPARC Ideas Lab

Do you want to help transform the future of bioelectronic medicine? Apply to be part of the 2020 SPARC Ideas Lab! Happening April 20 – 24 in Washington D.C.,  the interactive experience will bring together diverse interdisciplinary teams to tackle the challenge of building interoperable, extensible, and personalizable simulations to inform bioelectronic medicine approaches. The concepts generated can benefit from the extensive experimental data collected within the NIH SPARC program and will integrate into SPARC’s systematic cloud-based framework for computational neuro- and life-sciences. The deadline to apply is January 31 at 5:00 PM ET.

Want to learn more about the program? Attend an interactive webinar with the SPARC Microlab, on Wednesday January 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM ET! Learn more about the 2020 SPARC Ideas Lab and brainstorm opportunities and challenges for modeling bioelectronic medicine therapies. Reserve your seat.

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.

Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology

Oncology nurses are at the forefront of cancer care. Whether tending to patients’ needs, carrying out clinical trials, developing new models of healthcare delivery, or advancing evidence-based research, nurses are experts in the best practices and opportunities for improvement when it comes to cancer prevention, treatment and remission care. Nurses around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas to this new QuickFire Challenge aimed at improving oncology care – including but not limited to prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for cancer survivors. The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem to help bring their ideas to life. Learn more and apply by Februrary 7. 

OPE: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

The Office of Postsecondary Education’s (OPE’s) DHSI Program supports Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they work to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. The program grants enable HSIs to expand their academic offerings, enhance program quality, and increase institutional stability as they work to increase success and graduation rates of Hispanic students. The deadline to apply for a DHSI grant is February 10.

Invisible Shield QuickFire Challenge

The future of pathogen protection can go beyond traditional respiratory devices, to integrate seamlessly into our daily lives, becoming an “invisible shield” against disease. Innovators are invited to submit ideas for potential solutions that repel and protect against airborne viruses while integrating seamlessly into everyday life. The innovator(s) with the best idea will be awarded up to $200,000 in funding from BARDA, access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem, and support in developing their ideas from BARDA for one year, to support health security products and technologies in biotechnology, life science research, and medical innovations as they navigate research, development, and regulatory pathways. The deadline to apply is February 14.

NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Program

The NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of deep technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market. The program is designed to provide non-dilutive funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development. This year’s first submission window closes on March 5.

NSF Small Business Innovation Research Program

The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit.  The NSF SBIR Program supports research and development with non-dilutive funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development. Proposals must be consistent with NSF’s mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.. This year’s first submission window closes on March 5.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program is now accepting applications! Designed to address the need for a high-quality STEM workforce, the NSF S-STEM program supports low-income, academically talented students who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the select STEM fields. Applications are due by March 25, 2020! Learn more about the program and find out if you qualify.

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 April 24.

Accelerator One

During our intense accelerator program, 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 clean tech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact clean tech 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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