2015 archives: grantees

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.

Acoustic Shield

A gunshot detection sensor designed to decrease the notification time of first responders

Advanced Bone Technology

Replicates the shape and mechanical properties of a human bone for use in medical research


An antimicrobial coating for medical devices that doesn’t promote antibiotic resistance

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

Big Blue Technologies

New materials processing technology for the ceramics and light metal industries

Carolina E(I) Lab

Experiential entrepreneurship program for graduate students

Co Optical

A glucose monitoring device, shaped like a pair of glasses, that records the electrical signals in the skin around the eyes

Crescentium, LLC

Alleviating complications during common ICU procedures on intubated patients

Providing people with clean drinking water after natural disasters

Design Thinking Modules that Support Student Entrepreneurs

2-4 week design thinking experiential learning modules

Developing an I-Lab Accelerator Program at Northern Illinois University

16-week startup accelerator for students working on global problems

A patient-centric wearable providing data capture during emergency healthcare events

Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Systems Design and Control

A new course that takes an entrepreneurial approach to renewable energy systems design


Mobile health platform that allows patients to take control of their at-home physical therapy program

Fused Machines

A desktop machine for the engineering-grade 3D printing market

Idea to Commercially-viable Healthcare Solutions

Improvement of an existing course to include a clinical immersion experience for student teams

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Capstone Bootcamp

A series of projects exploring interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship

Integrative E-learning course: Bringing together business, engineering, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Students

A course focused on innovations for and by people with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ultra-lightweight, multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs

Journey to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A new campus-wide interdisciplinary entrepreneurship minor


An additive that colorizes bleach solution, allowing Ebola caregivers to thoroughly disinfect their clothing

Launch in the RAIN

Product design innovation studio class at a local accelerator


A portable, low-cost device that produces life-saving MANA food paste on-site for starving and malnourished children


An intraoperative imaging tool based on multispectral photoacoustic tomography, which uniquely provides contrast of tumor and non-tumor tissue based on the difference between their optical absorption properties

Master of Science in Law Entrepreneurship Lab

Program teaching STEM-trained students about the legal aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship

MITO Material Solutions

Stronger and more reliable carbon fiber-reinforced composites


A low-cost desktop computer made from a discarded mobile phone


Affordable treatment for infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome

NIU Algae Group/Wastewater Treatment, Algae Productivity, and Biofuel

A new species of microalgae to improve municipal wastewater treatment

NTi Technology

Nanoparticles that disinfect surfaces without user intervention

NYU Healthcare Innovation Challenge

Engaging engineers, developers, business students and researchers in issues and opportunities in healthcare


A novel ostomy bag solution with capability to seal and introduce a valve.

Pisces Technologies

A new method to raise shrimp sustainably

Preserving perishable foods in some of the world’s most challenging conditions


Low cost, neurally controlled prosthetic hands


Solar panels for vertical building walls

Reduced Cost Heliostat

Low-cost heliostats for energy companies moving away from coal

Safe C Cesarean Section Assist Device

Safely and quickly disimpacts the fetal head during Cesarean section

Smart glass designed to selectably tint a window at the push of a button

SolaPur LLC

A solar-powered water purification device

Spasticity Quantification Device

A diagnostic tool to quantify spasticity in a clinical setting in order to optimize treatment.


Enables architects to easily create low-cost, energy efficient buildings

Squirrel Devices

A geometric instrument for students with blindness

SubQ Assist

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation

New entrepreneurship certificate for graduate students


An intervention to help Parkinson’s disease patients manage their debilitating motor symptoms

U-Imagine Center: Planning for IMPACT

A program that will house innovative curricular programming

Vita Inclinata Technologies

A pendulum control mechanism to minimize the swinging motion of the cable during helicopter rescues

Wearable Internet of Things

A course focused on affordable wearable devices with healthcare applications

WindPax LLC

Portable, collapsing wind turbine devices

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