Sarah Says: What Customer Discovery Approach Is Right for You?
Sarah Wharmby defines the different types of customer discovery interviews early-stage innovators can use.
What Is Non-Dilutive Funding and Why Is It So Important for Early-Stage Innovators?
When you’re just starting out as an early-stage innovator, the number of funding opportunities can be overwhelming. Learn how non-dilutive funding can be right for your venture.
Sarah Says: Mapping Three Paths for Student Innovators
Welcome to Sarah Says, a new series by VentureWell Program Officer Sarah Wharmby. Sarah will address commonly asked questions raised in our E-Team workshops. Our…
5 Strategies for Startups Navigating an Uncertain Supply Chain
Our experts offer five tips to help early-stage startups manage global supply chain disruptions.
rethinking pitch competitions: create value, not a spectacle
VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups.
the six biggest challenges faced by student entrepreneurs
We fund some of the nation’s top university students dedicating their time to inventing something new. Here are the top six challenges they typically face.
Entrepreneurship Activities on Campus: Helping Students Leverage the Power of an Ecosystem
Faculty play a key role in helping students identify campus entrepreneurship activities that most align with their personal and professional interests.
Faculty Spotlight: Gary Brooking from Wichita State University
Gary Brooking from Wichita State University helps students develop a mindset that is open to understand broader issues to better solve problems.
Do You Have the Right Answers to these Intellectual Property Questions?
In honor of World Intellectual Property Day, we put together a quick-reference guide on the role IP rights play in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Water-Energy Nexus: A Connection That’s Driving Innovation
For World Water Day, we spoke with three ventures operating at the water-energy nexus to learn how they’re addressing strains in both resource systems.
Innovator Spotlight: Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife
E-Team grantee Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife has learned to look for teammates who have vision and passion for the problem the startup is trying to solve.
Faculty Spotlight: Scott Shrake from Colorado State University
For Scott Shrake, teaching allows him to interact with students who believe that everything is possible and recognize that failure is temporary.
Innovator Spotlight: Katie Kollhoff of NUMiX Materials
For Kollhoff, getting comfortable with discomfort has become a valuable survival skill.
3 Tips for Finding the Right Financial Partner
Regardless of the path you take, it’s important to think strategically when seeking the right long-term financial partner.
What We’re Reading: 6 Recommended Innovation and Entrepreneurship Books
Faculty grantees and VentureWell thought leaders shared their must-read innovation and entrepreneurship books that are worth adding to your library.
Cool Ideas to Fix Global Warming: Preparing Cleantech Startups to Counter Climate Change
Climate change, dire threat that it is, also represents a long-overdue invitation to transform society through the adoption of sustainable technologies.
Innovator Spotlight: Blake Dubé of Aeronics, Inc.
Blake Dubé of Aeronics, Inc. found that talking with customers and mentors led to solutions and opportunities that he may not have considered.
9 Steps to Formulating a Successful Exit Strategy
VentureWell Senior Program Officer, Christina Tamer, identified nine important steps startups should take when creating an exit strategy.