events & opportunities

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

for early stage innovators

Gloved hand holding colorful biologic gridBMEidea Competition

Applications due April 5
A national competition offering university biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas.

E-Team Program graphic explaining the stages of the progamE-Team Program

Applications due May 3
We fund and train student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures. Our E-Team Program provides up to $25k in funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace.



for faculty

US Capitol Building against sunset skyOpen 2017, the VentureWell 21st annual conference

Register now
March 23-25, Washington, D.C.
Our annual conference gathers together hundreds of engaged faculty and university students to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of innovation & entrepreneurship education.

from the i&e community

 nepal1Round 7 Call for Innovations

Deadline February 24
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) invite global problem solvers to answer their seventh call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

Cleantech to Market Technology

Deadline February 28
Selected technologies will receive approximately 1,000 hours of comprehensive market research. The program culminates in December with an in-depth market report, a public symposium showcasing the innovations, and presentation materials to be used for prospective investors or grant applications.

FLoW Cleantech University Prize

Deadline March 1
The FLoW DOE Cleantech UP competition is a clean energy business plan challenge offering teams of students, and/or new graduate entrepreneurs the opportunity to win $100,000+ in prize and grant money, receive expert mentoring, and connect with California’s largest utilities.

EAC Criteria Changes

Deadline March 10
The Engineering Area Delegation has decided to release the proposed changed to EAC Criteria 3 & 5 for public review and comment. Review and submit your feedback.


Early Bird Deadline March 1, Final Deadline March 28
MassChallenge is now accepting applications for its 2017 startup accelerator program. Apply now for equity-free access to mentors, office space, an alumni community that has raised $1.8B in funding, a dedicated network of top corporate partners and sponsors, and a chance to compete for a share of over $1.5M in no-equity cash awards!

Mass Ventures

Deadline April 3
The SBIR Targeted Technologies (START) program helps growing Massachusetts-based companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts. The START program plays an important role in powering Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy.

_0002_deshpande-2383-color-correctedDeshpande Symposium

Deadline April 4
The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to share experiences, gain exposure to ideas and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities from across North America. Award nominations are due April 4.

TechCo. Startup of the Year

Deadline April 20
This program seeks diverse startups from all over the world, especially from areas that are newly emerging in the tech scene. It provides opportunities for startups to network with established brand leaders, investors and mentors in the tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem.


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