events & opportunities

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


from venturewell


Faculty Online Learning Series

In light of the global shift to online learning and virtualized events, we’ve launched the Faculty Online Learning Seriesdesigned to help faculty, staff, and other individuals who’ve had to adjust their programming to an online format, learn how to best adapt to this change. You can join or view webinars featuring best practices for pivoting to virtualized learning, as well as access resources and articles offering tips for success—and what elements to avoid—when designing your next online virtualized class or event. Learn more.


from the i&e community


Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) 

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals for RADx, a fast-track technology development program for at-home and point-of-care testing innovations, in response to COVID-19. Innovators and inventors with promising rapid testing solutions can receive up to $500 million to help fund product development, along with coaching from technical, business, and manufacturing experts to support their journey to market. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more.

Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19

The Division of Innovation and Industrial Partnerships (IIP) of the Engineering Directorate is inviting all active NSF SBIR/STTR awardees, and any other interested US-based small businesses, to submit SBIR Phase I proposals focused on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes, and services with the potential to positively impact the nation’s and world’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. While proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, NSF is committed to expediting review, with the hope of awards within six weeks of proposal receipt.


This intensive 8-week program allows teams to work on their companies and products with the guidance of startup gurus, healthcare IT professionals, physicians, successful tech entrepreneurs, and other med-tech experts. Each company will receive a $30,000 investment from Houston Health Ventures, along with $24,000 worth of services from Rackspace, Inc., office space and amenities at University of Houston’s brand new Innovation Center. Learn more and apply—applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator

The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator allows new ventures to tap into a growing global network of business mentors, venture capitalists, and enterprise executives. The program helps startups enter the Fortune 500 market and provides up to $1,000,000 in potential investments if your company is selected. Over the course of 6 months, companies will get access to coaching and learn how to commercialize their business. Applications for this virtual, non-exclusive program are accepted year-round.

Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC)

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition designed to deepen cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition: in the first stage, Planning Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to undertake pre-development activities, including solidifying the team, maturing the project plans, and preparing to submit a well-developed full proposal for Stage 2; select teams from Stage 1 will be chose to receive a full Stage 2 award of up to $1,000,000 to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects. Applications are due July 1.

Tech Briefs Media Group- Create the Future Design Contest

Tech Briefs Magazine is searching  for engineering innovations that are serving the public good, to enter their annual Create the Future Design Contest. Entries will be accepted in seven categories, and judged based on the product’s innovation, manufacturability and marketability. One grand prize of $20,000 will be given out, and first place in each category will receive a workstation computer. The deadline to apply is July 1.

Harvard University Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to Market

Wondering how you can leverage technology to improve the commercialization process for your innovation? Harvard University is offering a free introductory course, Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to Market, to help students and researchers prepare their innovations for real-world use. You’ll learn how to find the best market applications for your invention as you begin to navigate the venture creation process. The program is self-paced, and available through July 6. Sign up.

The Michelson Smart Justice Initiative

The Michelson 20 MM Foundation is offering up to $25,000 to proposals improving emergency student aid programs and remote education support. The Smart Justice Initiative aims to assist justice-impacted communities by creating opportunities for education and employment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications open on July 13! Sign up be notified.

NEA Foundation COVID-19 Response Learning and Leadership Grant

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grants to support educators responding to educational needs and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and smooth the transition into the 2020-2021 school year. Grant applications should focus on projects and activities that boost the learning of both educators and students, and address pertinent educational equity and opportunity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic. Apply before July 15 to be considered.

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 second submission window closes on September 3.

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 third submission window closes on September 3.


The URBAN-X accelerator is designed to equip startups facing the unique challenges of working with and in cities. The program provides urban-tech startups with 20 immersive weeks of customer development, product development, network-building, and expert guidance, along with a $100,000 investment, as they prepare for follow-on fundraising. Applications for Cohort 09 are now open! The deadline to apply is October 8.

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. Their 501vc® Seed Fund invests between $100k and $300k that are Pre-Seed through Series A and that are based in the broader Midwest. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis, and initial responses are sent within 2 to 3 weeks. Learn more and apply.


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