Stage 1 E-Team grants

VentureWell identifies and supports STEM student innovators as they move from initial idea to raising their first seed round. Each year, we make a select number of investments in alumni startups from our E-Team program. We offer matching seed stage funding to startups that have secured a sophisticated lead investor and can illustrate the impact of their solution and clear growth through their VentureWell experience. We make these investments through a donor-advised fund at ImpactAssets.


Smart indoor air-purifying system


University of Pittsburgh


Device that measures livestock water consumption to detect disease and predict breeding cycles.

Ambercycle Inc.

A way to break down waste plastics into high-value commodities without fossil fuels


Simple prosthetics that can be created in a fraction of the standard time


Energy monitoring system that empowers residents to control their energy consumption

Aperture Biomedical

A one-time therapy that extends the primary patency of hemodialysis vascular access for end-stage renal disease patients

Aperture Medical

A one-time intervention at the time of creation that integrates easily into existing surgical procedures and leverages new scientific insights into vascular biology

Aptus Bioreactors

Laboratory equipment for researchers testing and developing tissue-engineered heart valves

AquaSift: Water Contaminant Sensing Ecosystem

A means of testing water sources for a variety of contaminants using a mobile phone

Assistive Surgical Arm for Interventional Oncology

University of Georgia

Better Together

A service that will link together home-owning senior women with younger women looking for affordable housing

Big Blue Technologies

New materials processing technology for the ceramics and light metal industries


Upcycles unrecyclable plastic pollution into biosurfactants

BioMetrics Analytics E-Team

A minimally invasive motion-sensing technology that will help clinicians accurately measure and track the gait and upper extremity movements of patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Blu Horizon

Sensor that tracks water usage

Blue Defibrillation

A low-cost, rugged Automated External Defibrillator


University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez


Imaging tool that enhances diagnostic accuracy for cervical cancer screening.


A smartphone device that provides cheap fluoroscopy for classrooms

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