Category Archives: Innovation

Venture Competition Deadline Dec. 15

Students can compete for more than $80,000 in prize money in the New Venture Competition hosted by Central Michigan University in partnership with Michigan Tech. The deadline for submitting an Intent to Compete application is Dec. 15.

Finalists will compete and have the opportunity to network with other experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs and members of regional angel investment groups at Central Michigan University during a full-day event on April 13.

More information can be found online or by contacting Jim Baker at jrbaker@mtu.edu.


Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop – Apply now for Spring

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop beginning in January.

Dates and times for the upcoming workshop are tentatively scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.

You can apply to be part of the upcoming workshop by filling out this form. If you’d like to learn more about the I-Corps Site Program at Michigan Tech, read the full story.


VentureWell: Apply for our next E-Team Grant Program by 2/7

STEM students can get up to $25,000 for their high-impact social or environmental inventions.

VentureWell’s E-Team Grant Program is a competitive national program that provides funding, hands-on workshops, peer networking opportunities, national recognition, and expert coaching for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions.

Applications for the next cohort are due February 7.


NIH: NHLBI SBIR Info

Tomorrow Virtual Office Hours – NHLBI Small Biz Program

   Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00 PM ET

Register HERE today

Who should attend:

Companies with questions for the NHLBI that plan to submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR: PA-17-302 ) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR: PA-17-303) application by January 5, 2018.

We’ll start the session with some frequently asked questions and then open the line for live Q&A.

Presented by the NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC)


HHS SBIR/STTR Conference Slides Posted

Not able to attend the 2017 HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Milwaukee this year?  There were lots of great presentations describing the Small Business program and tips for small business success both in applying for funding and in developing your technology.  You can view the slide decks HERE.


Rice Business Plan Competition – By The Numbers – Apply Now!

Apply to join the world’s largest and richest business plan competition, where collegiate entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, integrate with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
Applications now open!
Due February 9, 2018  by 5:00 PM CST
Visit www.rbpc.rice.edu to apply!


350th Anniversary Edition – Merck Innovation Cup 2018

From July 16-24, 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, at the occasion of its 350th anniversary, will conduct a special Anniversary Edition of the Merck Innovation Cup Summer Camp. The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. This initiative is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students and postdocs interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.

The Summer Camp is completely free for all accepted participants; travel, accommodation and food are paid by Merck!

Participants learn how R&D in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world.

Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: healthy lives/drug discovery, synthetic biology/life reimagined, innovative materials & solutions, digitalization and bright future/new ways of working together.

A video showing an overview of the event and statements from previous participants can be viewed here:

http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com

http://innovationcup.emdgroup.com (for U.S. and Canada)

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical or chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

Participants have the chance to win with their team the Innovation Cup award – EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan worked out during the summer camp plus EUR 5,000 for the winner in each category: healthy lives/drug discovery, synthetic biology/life reimagined, innovative materials & solutions, vibrant digitalization and bright future: new ways of working together.

All Innovation Cup participants will also attend the “Curious2018 – Future InSight Conference” (http://curious2018.com) where some of the world’s greatest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs will present their groundbreaking work in Darmstadt, Germany, from July 16 – 18, 2018.

Applications are accepted from October 1st, 2017 to January 15th, 2018.

Please make this unique opportunity known to students at your institution and encourage them to apply for the summer camp!  

 

We are looking forward very much to receiving applications and to welcoming students from your institution. Thank you very much for your support.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz

Dr. Ulrich Betz

Vice President │Department Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubator
Biopharma

Merck


Students Invited to Lear Open Innovation Challenge

Michigan Tech students are invited to participate in this year’s Lear Open Innovation Challenge.

The Innovation Challenge is an open tournament for students to propose solutions to a business challenge chosen by Lear. Students work for two weeks to develop ideas and then pitch it to Lear. Winners will be offered interviews for summer internship to develop prototypes.

Apply online before Jan. 2 to take part in this exciting opportunity.

Successful applicants will participate in a two-day intensive “jumpstart” session (Jan. 20-21) where they will learn the innovator’s mindset, absorb innovation principles and acquire basic skills to launch disciplined experiments.

Participants will work through a series of ideation techniques and leave the session with a set of preliminary ideas to further explore and develop and will then have two weeks to conduct research, refine their ideas and create a “Shark Tank” pitch (VC style pitch). Students will receive guidance from experienced innovation coaches and gain access to Lear technological facilities during the process.

On Feb. 3, students will present their pitch to Lear executives, faculty and tournament sponsors (corporate and community leaders). Lear will make full-time summer intern hiring offers to the winning team and a select few exceptional students. During their internship, the students will develop their prototype(s).

Arrangements are being planned for group travel and lodging for Michigan Tech participants to and from the January and February events.

Questions about the program and applications can be referred to Adam Johnson or Jim Baker.


Small Business/Commercialization RFPs & Award Opportunities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY18 SBIR Pre-Solicitation is here!

View more information at FedBizOpps.gov:

https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DHS/OCPO/DHS-OCPO/HSHQDC-FY18-SBIR-PreSolicitation/listing.html

Move your research to the next level with I-Corps at NIH Entrepreneurship Program

I-Corps at NIH is an 8-week experience-based entrepreneurship training program available to small businesses that received Phase I SBIR or STTR funding from 16 participating institutes and centers (ICs) within the NIH and CDC. See below or visit our website to learn more about the I-Corps at NIH program.

Applications for the next cohort are due on Friday, December 18, 2017, 5 PM local time.

Learn more at: https://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps

Funding opportunities from EPA, NOAA & HHS. View all open solicitations at: https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open

COURSE 7 – FINDING PARTNERS

Partnerships are increasingly important as a means of bringing more complete solutions to customers. In this tutorial, we introduce different ways of interacting with federal laboratories that have personnel and physical assets that a small business may wish to utilize. Also reviewed are methods of working successfully with large system integrators in order to provide a more complete solution to a shared customer.

Access the course at:  https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/finding-partners/

Call for Nominations for Igniting Innovation 2018 Conference and Awards

Sponsored by ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation  

Nominations due December 31, 2017

Nominations are currently being accepted for innovations that benefit or could benefit government services to citizens or its operations. To be eligible, nominations must have been conceived, developed, deployed or upgraded in the last two years.  A panel of government and industry executives will review nominations to select the finalists.  These finalists will be invited to share their innovation at the Igniting Innovation showcase in Washington, DC.  Attendees will vote for the winners at this event.

To nominate an innovation or get more information, visit https://www.actiac.org/igniting-innovation-nomination-form



AAAS-Lemelson

Visit http://www.inventionamb.org/ to learn more about the program and read about current and past AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors…many of whom are SBIR/STTR awardees.


NIH: NHLBI Small Biz Program

Virtual Office Hours – NHLBI Small Biz Program

   Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00 PM ET

Register here today

Who should attend:

Companies with questions for the NHLBI that plan to submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR: PA-17-302 ) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR: PA-17-303) application by January 5, 2018.

We’ll start the session with some frequently asked questions and then open the line for live Q&A.

Presented by the NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC)