events & opportunities

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


from venturewell

Faculty Grant Program

VentureWell is pleased to announce a Spring Faculty Grant opportunity, offering awards of up to $30,000 to support faculty and staff who are committed to integrating environmentally responsible practices and methodology into their I & E curriculum. This Faculty Grant program provides funding, a hands-on workshop, and peer networking. Deadline to apply is May 29. Read the guidelines for details and apply now!





The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support DEBUT, a competition for teams of undergraduate biomedical students who are solving real-world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded. Deadline to apply is May 31. Apply now!





Are you a seed-stage medtech startup aiming to embark on fundraising? Apply now to participate in ASPIRE, an intensive week-long workshop that prepares startups for the investments and partnerships necessary to launch their ventures. Work with mentor-investors, vet your fundraising strategy, stress test your startup and leverage our investor network as you work to bring your innovation to market. Deadline to apply is August 12th. Apply now!


from the i&e community

TMCx Medical Device Accelerator 

The TMCx Medical Device Accelerator program provides medical device startups with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of more than 250 advisors from the front lines of the industry. Throughout the 4-month TMCx program, medical device startups engage with Texas Medical Center physicians, hospital stakeholders, VCs, entrepreneurs, regulatory and design experts, and others to refine their solution and business models. The deadline to apply is May 24 at 11:59 PM CST.

Tool Foundry Accelerator

Tool Foundry, a Luminary Labs initiative, is seeking applicants for a four-month accelerator to help toolmakers build a foundation for sustainable growth and advocate for the science-curious. Tool Foundry is most interested in low-cost, physical tools that support inquiry, observation, and data collection across scientific domains. The accelerator will include virtual and in-person activities emphasizing education and collaboration. Applications close at 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 30.

SOCAP19 Scholarship Applications

The SOCAP Social Entrepreneur Scholarship Program brings passionate changemakers to the organization’s flagship conference so they can make valuable connections and get their ideas in front of impact investors, global influencers, and their peers. This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will select up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference in San Francisco. Scholarship winners receive free full conference pass to SOCAP19 (valued at $1595), admission to the Impact Accelerator @SOCAP, hostel accommodations, and elevated status and visibility at SOCAP19. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Perioperative Care

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Perioperative Care, together with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), invites nurses from around the world to submit innovative ideas with the potential to improve perioperative care, including solutions that aim to address the physical and psychological impact of patients throughout pre-, intra-, and post-operative care. Challenge finalists can receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, mentoring and coaching from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem. The deadline to submit your ideas is July 26.

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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