Category Archives: Innovation

VentureWell Events and Opportunities

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 May 3.
Faculty Grants– Our new Spring 2017 faculty grants are now open! 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 24.

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

Halcyon Incubator– Halcyon equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, and change the world. Applications are due May 4.

2017 Clean Energy Trust Challenge– The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator for clean energy innovation. Run by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, the Challenge has led to the development and growth of over 95 businesses throughout the Midwest. The event takes place on May 9.

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 31.

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 1.

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

BBC: SBIR/STTR DoD Rapid Innovation Fund

DoD’s FY’17 Rapid Innovation Fund BAA Available for White Paper Submission
The Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for technology R&D issued with the goal to transition innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or save costs into acquisition programs. The DoD seeks mature prototypes for final development, testing, evaluation, and integration. Those selected for award may receive up to $3 million in Rapid Innovation Funding and will have up to two years to perform the work. There is a source selection preference for technologies from small businesses. There are two phases in the source selection process: White Paper submission and full proposal submission. Full proposal submissions are by invitation only based on evaluation of the submitted White Paper. White Papers shall address one of the requirements listed in the BAA and should focus on one requirement per paper. There is no limit on the number of White Papers an offeror may submit in response to the BAA.White Papers are due by 3:00 pm ET on May 19, 2017.

Proposers must be classified under either NAICS Code 541711 (R&D in Biotechnology) or Code 541712 (R&D in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences) and noted as such in SAM. Companies also need an active registration in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to the BAA close date. Links to the 2017 RIF BAAs are found at FedBizOpps:

Previous RIF awards and project descriptions as well as a 2017 RIF briefing and milestones can be found at Defense Innovation Marketplace.

More Funding Opportunities
HHS/NIH
PA-14-171 – Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R41/R42) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 9/15/17
PA-14-172 – Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 9/15/17
PA-14-196 – Complex Technologies and Therapeutics Development for Mental Health Research and Practice (R41/R42) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PA-14-197 – Complex Technologies and Therapeutics Development for Mental Health Research and Practice (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PA-14-219 – Renewal Awards of SBIR Phase IIB Grants for Brain and Behavior Tools (R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PAR-17-200 – Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R41) Synopsis 1
Posted 3/29/17; closes 1/5/20
PAR-17-199 – Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R43) Synopsis 1
Posted 3/29/17; closes 1/5/20
PA-14-250 – Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
RFA-AR-18-005 – Small Business Innovation Research on Rare Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic and Skin Diseases (SBIR) (R43) Synopsis 1
Posted 4/11/17; closes 7/10/17
RFA-CA-17-024 – SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44) Synopsis 1
Posted 4/12/17; closes 7/6/17

Pathways in Innovation: Grant & Opportunities

Pathways Grant Cycle: Scaling & Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members) Check your membership
Apply for funding to scale or institutionalize one or more components of your campus innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. This grant offers up to $30,000 in funding.Learn More

Focus I: Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student:
Many undergraduate students are not exposed to innovation and entrepreneurship until their final year in courses, such as the capstone design. We can better prepare students for these culminating experiences and increase the pipeline of student inventors and innovators through early exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship education. 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:
Many university students have access to innovation and entrepreneurship programming on their campuses, but many do not gain support or funding beyond local ecosystems. Because of this, student teams often lack key learnings that would make them desirable to national venture development programs. This grant focus offers funding and support opportunities of up to $10,000.
Learn More

May Online Meetup: Develop your Interdisciplinary I&E Plan: A Social Network & Bricolage Approach

Tuesday, May 30, 2:00pm ET

TiE: Multi-Modal Mobility Experience (3 M) – Data on Wheels Panel Discussion April 13th

From connected cars to multi modal transportation, electric bikes and autonomous vehicles, the design and structure of moving people and goods from one place to another has seen a rapid growth. Where can an entrepreneur strike a balance between trends, data, customer preferences and solution designs?
The 3 M Experience – Data on Wheels
Date Thursday, April 13th 2017
Time 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Place Lawrence Technological University
21000 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075
The UTLC Gallery, building #9, room #210
Speakers
Joseph Berry
Founding and Managing Director
JBJ Advisors
Ansgar Strother
Founder & CEO
Motivac
Kody Baker, P. Eng. MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
VeloMetro Mobility
Moderator
Anu Gopalakrishnan
Sr. Product Manager –
Connected Audio Services
Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Agenda
6:00pm – 6:15pm Networking
6:15pm – 6:30pm Award TYE Volunteers
6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30pm – 8:00pm Q & A
Free Admission
Must Be Registered to Attend

Collegiate Inventors Competition: Enter by June 5

Do you know a student or team with a groundbreaking invention?
If so, encourage them to enter their invention 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

To help spread the word around campus, packages of flyers are available upon request.

BBC SBIR/STTR resources

ABC’s of SBIR/STTR Funding
Tuesday April 4
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Automation Alley, Troy
Attend this Lunch & Learn and find out how the SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Covers eligibility requirements, selecting the best agency for your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more. Cost: Complimentary admission, but registration is required.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation for the Dept. of Defense
Wednesday, April 5
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schoolcraft College, Livonia
This DoD-focused seminar covers up-to-date information on the DoD SBIR/STTR program, understanding of the differences between components, how to identify a topic and talk to Technical Points of Contact during the pre-release period, preparing your proposal and writing to meet the reviewers’ expectations. Cost: $75
Lunch & Learn: NIH RO1 and SBIR/STTR:  Not all NIH Grants are           Created Equal!
Thursday, April 6
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WMed Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
You’ve had experience with NIH research grants – RO1s, R21s, RO3s. You are ready to transition to SBIR/STTR proposals. Piece of cake, right? Not so fast! The two mechanisms are definitely NOT the same. The participation qualifications are different. The review criteria are different. And the ultimate goal of the R&D is different. Find out how you’ll need to think, plan and write differently to be successful with the SBIR/STTR program — and why you’ll need more SBIR/STTR training to be competitive with your proposal. Cost: Complimentary but registration is required.
How to Manage Your SBIR/STTR Grant or Contract
Monday, May 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ann Arbor Spark Innovation Center, Ann Arbor
Whether you are anticipating an award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success. Program provides guidance on preparing a budget, what you should know about government audits, strategies for indirect rates, using QuickBooks to stay in compliance and setting up policies and procedures. Cost: $50

TiE Detroit: Fostering Innovation RE Mobility

TiE Detroit is BACK after a successful TiECon MidWest 2016!

From connected cars to multi modal transportation, electric bikes and autonomous vehicles, the design and structure of moving people and goods from one place to another has seen a rapid growth. Where can an entrepreneur strike a balance between trends, data, customer preferences and solution designs?

The 3 M Experience – Data on Wheels
Thursday, April 13th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lawrence Technological University
21000 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075
The UTLC Gallery, building #9, room #210

Apply for the 2017 I-Corps Energy and Transportation program

NextEnergy, a Detroit-based accelerator, is inviting entrepreneurs and researchers to apply for the 2017 I-Corps Energy and Transportation program, a commercialization training program that helps participants identify their technology’s target market and positions them for ongoing funding. The program serves as a great stepping stone for growing an idea and building a business plan. Previous participants have gone on to secure more than $3.8 million in combined funding and many have secured corporate strategic partnerships with the skills they learned at I-Corps.

Applications will be accepted online through April 18 at www.nextenergy.org/icorps.