events & opportunities

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


for early stage innovators


spring eteam cohortE-Team Program

Applications due October 4th
Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Our next informational webinar will be August 17th.


from the i&e community


The Cleantech UP 2017 National Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) 2017 National Competition brings together aspiring clean energy entrepreneurs, and gives them market exposure, investor feedback, business mentoring, and a chance to win cash prizes. The event takes place on June 26-27.

Center for Device Innovation QuickFire Challenge
In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Center for Device Innovation (CDI @ TMC) in the Fall 2017, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices have launched the CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge, a device-focused challenge aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with an emphasis on Surgical Oncology and/or Obesity. Application deadline: June 28, 2017.

Success Factors for University Partnerships Seminar
Successful collaboration between universities and companies is essential for innovation. In this MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy Impact Seminar, learn the five success factors for university partnerships based on a multi-year research project and forthcoming book where 10 leading companies share how they strive for excellence in university-industry collaboration. The event takes place on June 29, 2017.

Create the Future Design Contest
This contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 12,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide. Submit your best new product designs in up to seven categories for a chance to win $20,000, other great prizes, and global recognition. Application deadline: July 1, 2017.

VERGE Accelerate
VERGE Accelerate elevates early-stage entrepreneurs with solutions that address market opportunities across any one of the eight VERGE Tracks: City and Regional Resilience, Next-Gen Buildings, Grid-Scale Power, Connected Transportation and Mobility, Renewable Energy Procurement, Smart Infrastructure, Distributed Energy Systems, or the Circular Economy. Apply today to pitch at VERGE 17. Application deadline: July 7, 2017.

MD5 Hacking Emergency Response
Developers. Designers. Engineers. Come to a three-day hackathon to build product prototypes that incorporate functional fabrics as part of a system that addresses emergency response in challenging environments. Winning teams will be awarded up to $15,000 to further develop their ideas. Free and open to the public. The event takes place July 28-30, 2017.

ISAM 2017
The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces joins the people, knowledge, and inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces which maximize their impact on the student learning experiences and alumni success. They foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making. The community includes, but is not limited to, student and faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy makers, educational researcher and makerspace managers, and other practitioners. The event takes place on September 24-27, 2017.

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