events & opportunities

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

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OPEN 2020

OPEN 2020 Call For Proposals

Do you have a compelling idea that you want to share with the VentureWell I&E community? The OPEN 2020 Call for Proposals is now LIVE! We want to hear your ideas about emerging best practices, successful collaborations, and how you plan to shape the future of innovation and entrepreneurship education. This year’s conference will take place in Salt Lake City from March 19-21, 2020. View the CFP now and submit your session proposal! The deadline has been extended to September 25!




VentureWell is now accepting applications for the Winter 2020 E-Team Program! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive up to $25k in funding, along with the training, networking opportunities, and national recognition you need to launch your venture! The deadline for completed Stage 1 proposals is October 2. Read the guidelines for details and apply now! Wondering if your startup is ready? Join an upcoming E-Team webinar to learn more about how your startup will benefit from our workshops and funding, as well as what types of teams are eligible to apply.  Learn more and sign up.



GIST Business Incubation Program: Call for Incubators

This fall, the GIST Business Incubation program will select the most promising ventures from the GIST global network to participate in a six-week, U.S.-based incubation experience with the goal of opening U.S. markets to some of the best innovators from abroad. We’re looking for incubator and accelerator partners from across the U.S. to host and support selected ventures for four weeks of programming. Program partners will provide training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, while helping startups navigate the local entrepreneurship ecosystem. Learn more and apply to be a program partner.


Green Launchpad Educators WorkshopGreen Launchpad Educators Workshop

Registration is now open for our first ever Green Launchpad workshop, happening on October 16-17 in Lowell, MA. This interactive workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills to integrate sustainable invention and innovation curriculum and practices into your courses, whether they are existing core courses or sustainability-specific ones. You will leave the workshop ready to teach basic and intermediate sustainability principles at the undergraduate or graduate level. Register now!


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Faculty Grants

Are you a faculty member seeking funding to support entrepreneurship education, innovation, and the development of the i&e ecosystem at your institution? The VentureWell Faculty Grant Program provides up to $30k to support the development of programs and classes aimed at helping students hone the skills needed to create novel STEM-based inventions and bring their ideas to market. Read the guidelines for details and apply by November 6!



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:


from the i&e community

Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quickfire Challenge in Maternal & Newborn Health

Nurses around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas aimed at improving maternal & newborn care. 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. Apply by October 10!

SXSW Pitch

SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors. A live audience and a panel of expert judges will evaluate startups and their advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. Apply by November 15 for the chance to pitch your startup, participate in a Q&A sessions, and demonstrate your products in front of a live panel of judges.

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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