open is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education

13602796265_7f4ed4a888_z (1) 13602662175_2819abe222_z (1) 13602694585_1286ddaebb_z (1)VentureWell is dedicated to fostering an emerging generation of young inventors and entrepreneurs driven to improve life for people and the planet. Our Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.


“Excellent conference overall; makes me feel excited to be working in higher education because it enables me to see that I’m part of a nationwide movement to catalyze innovation in areas that have societal impact.”

Very high energy. A wealth of different sessions and great topics.”

This is the best place to tune into the ‘pulse’ of what’s going on in the university community around teaching/facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship education. My team and I came back with loads of new ideas.”

“This was my first conference and I felt like I’d found my peeps. I profited from learning what others were doing and from the discussion of culture change and the examples of administrative actions. Also made many connections I will follow up with.”

“I was personally a newcomer to VentureWell—I had heard great things, but this conference exceeded my expectations and was extremely useful for my growth. I am impressed by VentureWell and have never seen anything quite like it. VentureWell connects people across disciplines and geographies to grow student leadership, entrepreneurship education, and inter-sectoral collaboration for innovation. I love this group!”


20th_logo2_vertical croppedIt’s our 20th anniversary!

VentureWell is 20! As this is our 20th annual conference, we will be doing what we encourage our grantees to do: innovating. The 2016 conference will be more interactive than it has been in the past, focusing not simply on what people are doing at their institutions but on what people have learned from their work. We are introducing several new formats to encourage purposeful discussion between presenters and audience. We’ll also be doing some celebrating at the conference itself, with a special 20th anniversary party and more. Join us!


About VentureWellVentureWell Idea to Impact

VentureWell was founded in 1995 as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and rebranded in 2014 to underscore its impact as an education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions. A not-for-profit organization reaching more than 200 universities, VentureWell is the leader in funding, training, coaching and early investment that brings student innovations to market. Inventions created by VentureWell grantees are reaching millions of people in more than 50 countries and helping to solve some of our greatest 21st century challenges. Visit www.venturewell.org to learn how we inspire students, faculty and investors to transform game-changing ideas into solutions for people and the planet.


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