Deadline: November 8, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: VentureWell


The goal at VentureWell is to support an emerging generation of investors and the ecosystems critical to their success. Faculty Grants are a key means of achieving that goal by creating new (or modifing existing) courses and programs in which students develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain the entrepreneurial skills they need to bring them to market. VentureWell encourages proposals that involve students, faculty and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines, as well as groups traditionally underrepresented in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including women and minorities. Proposals may include plans for creating or improving an individual course, course sequence, minor, major, certificate program, incubator, accelerator, and other co- and extracurricular programs. Focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • General (technology-based) entrepreneurship
  • New materials Clean tech/renewable energy innovation
  • Technologies that address poverty alleviation and basic human needs (including, but not limited to water, sanitation, healthcare, energy, agriculture, shelter)
  • Tech-based entrepreneurship led by women and other underrepresented populations
  • Biomedical and healthcare innovation

Funding: Offer up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market.

Duration: up to 3 years

Limit of 2 proposals per institution

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