events & opportunities

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

for early stage innovators

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.


Gloved hand holding colorful biologic gridDEBUT

Applications due May 31
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, a project that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. With $65,000 in prizes, the DEBUT challenge is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems.

for faculty

Faculty Grants

Applications due May 24
We are seeking proposals for two new focus areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Our Faculty Grants 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

2017 Clean Energy Trust Challenge
The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator for clean energy innovation. Run by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, the Challenge has led to the development and growth of over 95 businesses throughout the Midwest. The event takes place on May 9.

Deshpande Symposium
The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to network and share experiences, gain exposure to ideas, and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities across North America. Register by May 4th to save $100 off the registration price. The event takes place on June 12-14, 2017.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
The international competition is an opportunity for green startups to win €500,000 to further develop the product or service, and to bring it to market. E-Team alum, Ecovative was a past winner. Application deadline: June 1, 2017.

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