Category Archives: Innovation

FY17 FAST Applications Now Open

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has published two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the 2017 Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.  Under this announcement eligible organizations compete for financial resources to provide targeted SBIR/STTR outreach and training.

The application period will close June 20, 2017.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to refer to the two Funding Opportunity Announcements on grants.gov  for more details, including eligibility, matching-fund requirements, application and submission deadlines, and other information.



SBIR Road Tour & Summit July 19th at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Michigan entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to meet face to face with program managers from a host of federal agencies at the SBIR Road Tour & Summit on July 19 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

In addition to one-on-one agency meetings, the full day of activities will include panel discussions, training sessions and the opportunity to meet one on one with Michigan entrepreneurial support providers.

Some of the Agencies visiting Michigan include:

  • Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (tentative)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Event Details:

Date: July 19

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Free parking in adjacent lot with voucher received at check in.

Cost: $40; $20-Students with ID


Students: Enter the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2017 CIC!

Time is running out for students to submit their groundbreaking invention to the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Encourage a student or team to enter TODAY for a chance to:
Network with National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees
Win up to $10,000
Earn an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.
One select team will be awarded the Arrow Innovation Prize. This exclusive Prize advances your team to the final round of judging in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid) and includes a private networking opportunity with Arrow Electronics — a Fortune 150 technology company and leading global distributor of electronic components.
Submissions are due June 5, 2017.
For more information, visit www.invent.org/challenge/application-process.
Need to provide some additional inspiration?
Have them check out last year’s #RoadtoCIC!

Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition

2017 COMPETITION INFORMATION

in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, presents:

CALL FOR PAPERS
Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition
Opportunity to receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, as well as support services and technical assistance
… and it all starts with the
Concept Paper
To start your application visit miwf.fluidreview.com
May 1, 2017 – Call for Entries opens
May 31, 2017 – Concept papers and applications deadline
June 2017 – Announcement of finalists
November 2017 Dolphin Tank Competitions in Detroit, Jackson & Grand Rapids

VentureWell Grants, Community Events and Funding Opportunities due in May, June

Faculty Grants We are seeking proposals for two new focus areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Proposals are due May 24th.

DEBUT– The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovation solutions to health and clinical problems. Applications are due May 31st.

E-Team Program– Our E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market. Applications are due October 4th.

Advancing the Safe Use of Healthcare Products QuickFire Challenge– Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the OCMO are looking to reward up to $200,000 in multiple grants, and one year of JLABS space, to the individuals or teams who submit the best ideas on how to educate, inform, and provide clarity around healthcare product safety. Applications are due May 24th.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge– This international competition is an opportunity for green startups to win €500,000 to further develop their product or service, and to bring it to market. E-Team, Ecovative was a past winner. Applications are due June 1st.

Deshpande Symposium– The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to network and share experiences, gain exposure to ideas, and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities across North America. The event takes places on June 12-14, 2017.

Center for Device Innovation QuickFire ChallengeThe CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge is a device-focused challenge aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with an emphasis on Surgical Oncology and/or Obesity. Application deadline is June 28th.


Pathways in Innovation: May 24th faculty grant deadline

As you close out the school year, don’t forget to apply for up to $35,000 in faculty grant funding. Submit your proposal by May 24, 2017. Read more about all the faculty grants below.

Pathways Grant Cycle: Scaling & Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members) Check your membership
This grant offers up to $30,000 in funding. Learn More

Focus I: Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student:
This grant focus is offered as a two-phase opportunity with up to $35,000 in funding.Learn More

Focus II: Faculty Fellowship for Student Venture Development:
This grant focus offers funding and support opportunities of up to $10,000. Learn More

Please also tune in for a webinar hosted by University of New Hampshire’s Andrew Earle on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Using Social Networks to Bridge Silos. You will leave the session with your own custom plan.
Tuesday, May 30, 2:00pm ET, Register Now

If you have any questions, please email me.


Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge: Proposals due June 30th

Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge
Prospecting & Funding Game Changing Technologies

On behalf of Shell GameChanger, TechConnect invites you to submit your innovative technology ideas and/or proposals to address the challenges defined below for consideration for funding and partnership through the GameChanger program. Shell will be meeting with prospective entrepreneurs at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference, May 14-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Shell GameChanger is soliciting early-stage innovative technology solutions and proposals in the following categories for potential funding and partnership opportunities. Proposals are due June 30th, applicants will be notified of interest by July 31st.

New Energies

  • Solar Fuels
  • Grids of the Future
  • Digitalization Machine Learning

Oil and Gas

  • Safety and Sustainability
  • Real-time monitoring, control, and data analytics
  • Improved hydrocarbon recovery
  • Environment & Conservation – Water
  • Novel Well Technologies
  • Geosciences – Carbonates

Shell GameChanger applies the following criteria for consideration:

  • Novelty – Is the idea fundamentally different and unproven?
  • Valuable – Could the idea create substantial new value if it works?
  • Doable – Is there a plan to prove the concept quickly and affordably?
  • Relevant (Why Shell?) – Is the idea relevant to the future of energy?

For more details and to submit your technology

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

SBIR Road Tour Downstate July 19th

Hi Everyone: We are excited to let you know that on July 19 Michigan will be visited by a group of SBIR/STTR Program Managers from the nation’s federal agencies as part of this year’s SBIR Road Tour. The Road Tour is a rare opportunity for tech startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to meet one-on-one with key decision makers. The event will be held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The Road Tour is a series of regional bus tours the SBA has done over past few years to get SBIR information out to “under-served” areas. Michigan isn’t exactly under served, but this stop also meets SBA outreach goals, and we very pleased to be on their route.

We have built a full day of activities around the tour including panel discussions by agency reps, a lunch panel of Michigan SBIR awardees, two SBIR training sessions and, finally, a gathering of Michigan entrepreneurial support providers available to chat with attendees about their services.

To help us prepared for this usual visit, we would very much appreciate your:

  • Help in spreading the word to your networks. I have attached a flyer for your use either as is or to cut and paste to fit your needs. Event logos and suggested tweets are also attached. The event link is: http://bbcetc.com/sbir-road-tour-and-summit/
  • Letting me know if you would like to secure a table for your organization (no charge) to meet with entrepreneurs during our gathering of entrepreneurial support providers from 3-5 p.m. on the 19th.  Contact me to reserve a table.

BBCetc is grateful to the MEDC, MI-SBDC and EMU for their support of this event!

Participating in the Road Tour:

  • Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (tentative)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Pathways in Innovation: Deadline for new grant opportunities is May 24th

This month don’t miss out on two faculty grant opportunities, a faculty grant fellowship, and a hands-on webinar to help you craft your plan for interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship programming.

Pathways Grant: Scaling & Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members) Check your membership
This grant offers up to $30,000 in funding. Deadline May 24th. Learn More

Faculty Grant Focus 1 (open to all): Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student: This grant focus is offered as a two-phase opportunity with up to $35,000 in funding. Deadline May 24th. Learn More

Faculty Grant Focus II: Faculty Fellowship for Student Venture Development: This grant focus offers funding and support opportunities of up to $10,000. Deadline May 24th. Learn More

May Webinar:
Join University of New Hampshire’s Andrew Earle for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Using Social Networks to Bridge Silos.You will leave the session with your own custom plan.

Tuesday, May 30, 2:00pm ET

Ideas for Future Webinar and Meetup Topics:
Over the summer we’ll take a break from online activities. Take 30 seconds to tell us what topics you would like us to cover or which speakers you’d like to see in the fall.