events & opportunities

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

for early stage innovators

ASPIRE (Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness)

Applications due August 13
We are seeking science and engineering startups in the cleantech and sustainability sector to participate in an intensive 5-day workshop to prepare for the investments and partnerships that are necessary to launch. This program is an opportunity to decelerate, focus, and deliver on work product created alongside a group of dedicated mentors. The ASPIRE program is not about the 5-minute pitch or the “startup shuffle.” Startups leave with a clear investment ask or next steps in order to get there. The priority deadline has passed, but we are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

spring eteam cohortE-Team Grant Program

Applications due October 4
Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Attend an upcoming informational webinar to learn more about the program. Next sessions are August 17 or September 6.


for faculty

Lean LaunchPad Educators Seminar

Register Now! Event is November 6-7, 2017
The Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar is a 2-day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the new and improved workshop that will occur in Boston.


Faculty Grant Program

Applications due November 8
We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. We provide grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market.

from the i&e community

ISAM 2017
The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces joins the people, knowledge, and inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces and maximize their impact on the student learning experiences and alumni success. They foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making. The community includes, but is not limited to, student and faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy makers, educational researcher and makerspace managers, and other practitioners. The event takes place on September 24-27, 2017.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition
The Race to Zero inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy-ready buildings. Through this competition, future architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs will gain the skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems. Application deadline is November 2017. The competition takes place April 21-22, 2018 in Golden, Colorado.

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