Category Archives: Innovation

Opportunity for I-Corps Innovators at Cyclotron Road

I am a Cyclotron Road team member and I am emailing to ask if you will share news of our open application for innovators with your community. The I-Corps graduates are exactly the kind of people we want in our program! The application is a short 5 pages and closes on October 31st. Information and blurb below:

Cyclotron Road: A Home for Hard Tech Innovators
Our goal is simple: empower innovators to mature their ideas until they can align with the most suitable commercial partners to take their technology to scale.
 
Applications to be an innovator are now open through October 31st. For two years, our innovators are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem, where we provide them funding, access to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley, and a program of intensive mentorship, education, and networking. As a member of our cohort, you’ll be part of a dynamic community of scientists, engineers, technologists, and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating a positive societal impact with technology. Visit cyclotronroad.org/apply to register your application today and view the full application details.
Thank you for your time!
Best,
Brenna
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Brenna Teigler, PhD
Program Operations
Cyclotron Road

National Inventors Hall of Fame: Fall Newsletter

Call for Nominations
Nominate an inventor who has inspired you for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2019. A candidate for Induction into the Hall of Fame must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has progressed society and industry. The lives of nominees are characterized by inspiring stories of determination and beating the odds, as well as a passion to develop the next generation of American innovators.

NOMINATE!

Patents for Humanity: Call for Nominations
Patents for Humanity, the USPTO’s top honor for patent owners and licensees who use game-changing technology to meet humanitarian needs, is now accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. Anyone who owns or licenses a U.S. patent or patent application is eligible. Winners receive an acceleration certificate to expedite proceedings at the USPTO, as well as public recognition of their work.
The USPTO is accepting applications through Dec. 8.

SUBMIT!


VentureWell News and RFPs

OPEN 2018 Registration
Are you a VentureWell member? If so, registration is live. Join us March 22-24, 2018 in warm and sunny Austin, Texas!

Not sure if you are a member? Don’t worry, check our membership status and if your institution is not listed, sign up today to become a member so you can attend OPEN 2018.

Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar
This workshop is a 2-day program (November 6-7) designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the new and improved workshop in Boston.

Faculty Grants
We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. We provide grants of 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. Applications are due November 8.

OPEN Minds 2018
Cap off the conference with the must-attend OPEN Minds showcase and reception. Our top student E-Teams will demonstrate their ground-breaking innovations and practice their pitches to faculty, VentureWell’s extended staff and funders. Attendees will receive $1 million in Venture Bucks to “invest” in the team (or teams) they like best. At the end of the night, the team receiving the most Venture Bucks will win a $3,000 prize. The second- and third-place teams will win $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Are you an E-Team? If so, apply to participate in the exhibition and training. Learn More

E-Team Grant 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 February 7

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

Echoing Green Fellowship
The Echoing Green Fellowship is for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why Echoing Green invests in talent wherever it is. Fellows represent diverse ethnic, religious, and gender experiences, with varied educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds.Applications accepted September 26 – October 24, 2017.

2018 KEEN National Conference
The 2018 KEEN National Conference is taking place January 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. Register to learn from thought leaders and experts across engineering disciplines in interactive workshops, keynote presentations, and an expo. You’ll leave the conference with tools you can immediately implement, including faculty engagement strategies, pedagogical approaches, and curricular and extra-curricular examples. Registration closes November 1.

athenahealth’s More Disruption Please (MDP) Hackathon
Join athenahealth’s More Disruption Please innovation team in Watertown, MA for their annual Hackathon on November 4-5. The hackathon will challenge hackers to build a hospital in the cloud by developing solutions that replace the archaic, pre-internet technologies that currently dominate hospital IT, and bring healthcare into the digital age. $6,000 in prizes will be awarded!

Greenbuild Conference and Expo Boston 2017
Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose. The event takes place in Boston, November 8-10, 2017.

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing GALI’s unique, global dataset on early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individuals and teams from universities around the world. The winning submission will be published on www.galidata.org and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Submissions are due December 1.

Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Startup Accelerator
Core training, meetings, and events are held in “one long weekend a month” bootcamps, featuring hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. Teams then participate in a public showcase and rounds of competition for awards. Applications are due today, October 18 and the program runs January through May in Springfield, Massachusetts.


VentureWell: Grants and training opportunities

Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar– This is a 2 day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the workshop in Boston, November 6-7.
LEARN MORE

Faculty Grants– Are you interested in up to $30,000 to help students develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain entrepreneurial skills. We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Applications due November 8.
LEARN MORE


Reminder of MTRAC Funding Opportunity Discussion on Wednesday Oct. 11

Please forward this reminder to your faculty of the opportunity to discuss the funding opportunities for commercialization funding at various MTRAC Innovation Hubs at U. Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech.  All program managers from around the state will be on campus with information about their programs.  A free lunch will be available beginning at noon with the program managers in the 2nd floor conference room of the Great Lakes Research Center.  Presentations detailing the various programs begin at 1 pm followed by opportunities for one on one discussions.  Full details are available at this link.

Thank you!
John Diebel

 

M-TRAC Program Director
Innovation & Industry Engagement
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931

Making the Most of Entrepreneurship: For You and Your Community 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19

by Michigan Tech’s Center for Social Innovation (CenSi)

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, John Tyler, will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 19, to share his insights on entrepreneurship and the importance of considering the social impact of our endeavors.

Tyler has spoken and authored publications relating to the roles and responsibilities of philanthropy in society. He contributes to the Foundation’s work through his extensive knowledge regarding public policy and law relating to foundation and charity assets.

Tyler has published academic articles on topics ranging from improving university technology transfer to reforming U.S. immigration policy, many of which can be found here.
Making the Most of Entrepreneurship will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the PHC Collaboration Space (M&M 722) located on the graduate side of the M&M building overlooking the canal.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation (CenSi), the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI), the School of Business and Economics, and the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE).

If you would like information regarding Tyler’s visit or arrange more time to meet with him while he is on campus, contact Latha Poonamallee.


REMINDER: MTEC SmartZone events next week featuring Ted Dacko

On October 9th and 10th, Ted Dacko, CEO of Arbor Dakota, will hold several events for entrepreneurs in Houghton. Events include:

  • Challenges of the Academic Founder – Monday October 9 from 12-1pm at the MUB Ballroom B1
  • Tips and Tricks from a Serial Entrepreneur – Tuesday October 10 from 8-10am at the Lakeshore Center
  • B2B Sales Operations Guide – Tuesday October 10 from 11-12:30 at the Lakeshore Center

One-on-one sessions are available with Ted.  RSVP HERE:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DcIoyzMGVI3Dc3pP0yguc_HA7zsIiKozD5KBgNjgj3Q/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f-kzi2fl7nfUuT9gJjGs3w4SJ8e8G9zt4dXC9WcZi-M/edit?usp=sharing

Ted has over 42 years of experience in executive-level management and leadership, including Sales, Marketing, M&A and the Chief Executive Office.

If you are interested in attending these events, please contact the MTEC office and let us know: mtec@mtecsz.com.

We hope to see you there!


Call For Research – MDOT by Dec. 1

CALL FOR RESEARCH

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Dear Research Stakeholder:

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is requesting your research idea (s) for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2021 research program. You are encouraged to submit ideas that support MDOT research priorities that were recently approved by the MDOT Research Executive Committee. Please fill out the attached research idea form and e-mail it to the Research Administration Section (mdot-research@michigan.gov) by December 1, 2017.

As outlined in the research project development process, MDOT executives, Focus Area Managers and technical experts will review the submittals and select research ideas that will be further developed and prioritized over the winter months. The higher priority ideas will be discussed by internal and external stakeholders at spring Program Development Meetings (formerly Research Summit) in May 2018. Further information regarding the Program Development Meetings will be forthcoming in early 2018. Requests for Proposals will be issued in 2019 and 2020 for research projects resulting from this Call for Research.

Any questions can also be emailed to mdot-research@michigan.gov. Additional information regarding MDOT research can be found at www.michigan.gov/mdotresearch. Thank you for your contributions to the MDOT research program.

Sincerely,

Steven C. Bower, P.E.

Engineer of Research


Venture Well: grants and training opportunities

Faculty Grants– Are you interested in up to $30,000 to help students develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain entrepreneurial skills. We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Applications due November 8.
LEARN MORE

Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar– This is a 2 day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the workshop in Boston, November 6-7.
LEARN MORE


VentureWell OPEN 2018 proposal deadline extended until Monday, October 9

We extended the OPEN 2018 proposal deadline! You can submit a session proposal until Monday, October 9. We are still looking for sessions that will catalyze learning and collaboration across I&E ecosystems within the following 4 topical tracks:

  • Building Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Campus
    This track focuses on topics that are key building blocks for institutions or individuals that are in the early growth stages of developing innovation and entrepreneurship on their campus.
  • Novel Approaches – Nifty Ideas
    This track focuses on nifty ideas and novel approaches in all things innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • The Innovator Experience
    This track puts the focus on the experiences and perspectives of students, inventors, and innovators.
  • Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    This track focuses on topics related to building thriving I&E ecosystems in emerging economies.

Submit your proposal by Monday, October 9. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in Austin, TX!

The VentureWell OPEN Team