Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Win $$ by entering these BME competitions!

DEBUT Challenge:

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities, the ability to manage the product development process, work effectively in teams, and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
Significance of the problem being addressed
Impact of the proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
Innovative design
Working prototype
Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:
Market potential and economic feasibility
Read more about the guidelines and the 2017 DEBUT winners.

Encourage your students to apply today! Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Applications are due May 31, 2018.


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BMEidea Competition:

Your biomedical engineering students can win up to $10K for their health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. BMEidea, a VentureWell competition, is the nation’s premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering innovation, open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 will be awarded to the top three winners. Winners will be announced at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Convention in New York, NY in June 2018.

Entries for the competition are judged on:
Technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility
Contribution to human health and quality of life
Technical innovation
Potential for commercialization
Read about the 2017 BMEidea winners.

Deadline is April 4, 2018.


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Michigan Tech Pavlis Honors College Now Accepting Applications

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference. If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA:

By Pavlis Honors College.

GSG SPARK: A Professional Development Workshop


A series of power packed sessions on life building skills that will help make your journey of entrepreneurship, job search, career growth and self–development productive and successful!

WHEN:    January 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  MUB Ballroom B

Register for the sessions via

You can find more details about the schedule and sessions here: (This too has a registration link. )

Sponsored by:

  • College of Engineering
  • Career Services
  • Graduate School
  • Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement

1 Million Cups Entrepreneurship Pitch Event

Michigan Tech has partnered with MTEC SmartZone, KEDA and the local entrepreneurial community to host a local chapter of 1 Million Cups (1MC). A free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

The inaugural 1MC event for the Copper Country is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 10, 2018) at the Finnish-American Heritage Center in Hancock. Both presenting companies have connections to Michigan Tech and will have 6-7 minutes to present their business ideas, followed by 15-20 minutes to answer questions from the community.

By Jim Baker.