We’re excited to announce our 2018 Faculty Grant awardees! We’ve given over $300k to faculty and staff from 12 institutions to support the creation or improvement of courses and programs that engage students in sustainable innovation and STEM-based entrepreneurship. Learn more about the grantees here.
Our Faculty Grants Program offers faculty and staff up to $30k in funding to pioneer new ways to challenge students to develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain the entrepreneurial skills they need to bring them to market. These grantees are addressing challenges around sustainable innovation, renewable energy, and clean technology education.
The 12 new grantees include:
Elevating Impact Lab (Portland State University) – An expansion of the Elevating Impact Lab from a successful pilot into a permanent offering integrated into curricular and co-curricular programming. The Elevating Impact Lab is a multi-day, team-based, entrepreneurship ideation event in which student teams employ sustainable design and social innovation best practices to solve a specific social or environmental problem.
Integration of Industrial Ecology and Entrepreneurship Across Schools (Dartmouth College) – A new project to connect engineering students studying sustainable design with business students studying entrepreneurship. With support from the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the interdisciplinary student teams will invent solutions to problems identified by local community nonprofits and work to launch ventures beyond the classroom.
Ventures in Social Entrepreneurship (VISE) (Colorado State University) – A new interdisciplinary, service-learning program that combines human-centered design with entrepreneurship to provide solutions to real-world problems facing society’s most vulnerable populations. The program pairs undergraduate student teams with global organizations to address challenges in sustainability, clean technology, and healthcare and enables the formation of socially-minded student ventures to design, develop, and deploy new technologies.