Category Archives: Innovation

VentureWell Opportunities

E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due October 3. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more about the program. Register here
BME-IDEA 2018
The 1.5 day workshop will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-17, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Members of the U.S.-based BME-IDEA consortium will meet to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. institutions that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation. Register now

OPEN 2019

Save the date! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30, 2019.
If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Call for proposals and registration will open in August. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

 

Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation

This device-focused QuickFire Challenge, announced by the Victorian Government in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies. The Victorian Government will award up to AUD 300,000 to the top solutions including access to the device prototyping lab and mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Medical Device experts. The deadline to apply is June 22.

SOCAP 18

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Go West Summit

Learn about available resources and promising practices surrounding making, inventing, and entrepreneurship at the Go West SummitSeptember 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. The Lemelson-MIT Program is teaming up with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the California Community College’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative to host a fall conference to support invention education pathway offerings for students across K-16.

NACCE 2018

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), recently opened their registration for their annual conference, NACCE 2018 The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution. They are featuring keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. The event is October 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.
 

A new must read in innovation and entrepreneurship
The new VentureWell report, Innovator Insights: Illuminating the Path for Tomorrow’s Inventors, explores the needs, challenges, and gaps in the early-stage innovator support ecosystem. Download the report.


NSF RFPs

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-550
Introduction to the Program:The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF SBIR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-551
Introduction to the Program:   The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF STTR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

06/12/2018 11:00 AM EDT

In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and …

 

Engineering Design and System Engineering

 

Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment

 

Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future

 

Letter of Intent Deadline Date: July 16, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-602
The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure.  LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505475&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click


Boston Scientific sponsored summer accelerator program

I wanted to bring this opportunity that might be attractive to Michigan Tech healthcare startups.

Boston Scientific is partnering with several institutions to offer an opportunity for early stage startups to take part in a 7 week Accelerator Program this summer.  There is more information in the attachment, which also contains a link to the application website.  Please distribute this to those in your ecosystem who would be interested in attending this summer session.  Applications are due by June 22nd.  There will be another session in the fall.

Please feel free to reply to me for further information, and forward this to others in your organization.

Thank you!

Kate

Kate Taylor, PhD

Global Innovation Program Manager

Global Technology

Boston Scientific
kate.taylor@bsci.com
763.494.1529

3 Scimed Place MS C290

Maple Grove, MN 55311

gBETA Medtech Summer 2018 v3 (2) (002)


NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 14, 2018

Program Guidelines: NSF 18-550  The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.The NSF SBIR Program … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 14, 2018

Program Guidelines: NSF 18-551  The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.The NSF STTR Program …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 13, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-553 Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technolo­gies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences. …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503172&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

NSF Program Announcements and Information items.

Molecular Separations

Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering

Fluid Dynamics

Electrochemical Systems

Biosensing

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Sustainability

Engineering of Biomedical Systems


Encourage your students to apply for the 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
  • Patentability

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 Wednesday, May 31.

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NHLBI SBIR Phase IIB Bridge & Small Market Awards

Accepting applications beginning June 27, 2018

NHLBI SBIR Phase IIB Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies for Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders and Diseases (R44 Clinical Trial Optional).

The Bridge Award supports Phase II SBIR or STTR awardees to advance NHLBI mission-related products to regulatory approval and eventual commercialization. The program promotespartnerships between SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees and third-party investors and/or strategic partners.

Read the full announcement: RFA-HL-19-017

NHLBI SBIR Phase IIB Small Market Awards to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies for Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders and Diseases (R44 Clinical Trial Optional).

The Small Market Award supports Phase II SBIR or STTR awardees that are developing NHLBI mission-related products that address a rare disease or young pediatric populations. The goal of this FOA is for these products to be further validated so that development can continue with private funding after NHLBI support ends.

Read the full announcement: RFA-HL-19-018
Due Dates:

Application: July 27, 2018; by 5:00 PM

Letter of Intent (optional but encouraged): June 27, 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program representative(s) listed in the announcement prior to submitting a proposal.

More information is available in the full Funding Opportunity Announcements RFA-HL-19-017RFA-HL-19-018 and by contacting

Gary Robinson, PhD 
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: 301-827-7978
Email: gary.robinson@nih.gov


VentureWell Opportunities

1 Faculty Grants

Receive up to $30k by creating new or transforming existing courses and programs in sustainable technology or sustainable design to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. Proposals are due May 23. Apply now
2 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. Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Deadline is May 31. Apply now

3 E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due October 3. Apply now. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more. Register here

4 BME-IDEA 2018

The 1.5 day workshop will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-17, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Members of the U.S.-based BME-IDEA consortium will meet to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. institutions that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation. Register now

5 Deshpande Symposium 2018

The Deshpande Symposium is an annual gathering of higher ed thought leaders and visionaries discussing best practices in entrepreneurship education, university research commercialization and campus-wide development and support of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Register now for the event happening on June 11-13, 2018 in historic and cultural Lowell, Massachusetts.

6 SOCAP 18

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.


VentureWell: Sustainability RFP

Get funding to engage students in sustainable design and technology  innovation and entrepreneurship
Many colleges and universities are lacking the integration of sustainable design principles into courses and programs that teach innovation and entrepreneurship. Because of this, faculty and staff are not aware or do not have the resources to integrate this content into their courses or programs.

In response, we are seeking proposals for innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs that focus on sustainable technology or sustainable design, including, but not limited to:

  • Sustainability

  • Climate change

  • Cleantech/renewable energy innovation

  • Green design: efficiency, materials selection

  • Green chemistry

  • Novel approaches to integration with materials science, biomedical engineering, or other disciplines

Apply now, deadline is May 23!

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NHLBI Funding & Resource Opportunities


Business Workshops: Michigan SBDC

Learn to Navigate the Michigan Treasury Online
Thursday, May 24th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
 Do you need some help navigating the Michigan Treasury for your small business? Join us as the Michigan Department of Treasury discusses the optimization and advantages of using their web service, Michigan Treasury Online (MTO).
No cost for Michigan residents by using coupon code MIFREE
Business Legal Issues
Wednesday, May 23rd, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
 Are you struggling with understanding legal issues for your business, or in the beginning stages of starting a business? This introductory webinar covers educational content on various forms of legal entities, tax and liability issues, and more.
No cost for Michigan residents by using coupon code MIFREE
The Fundamentals of Small Business Success
 Did you know that the Michigan SBDC hosts weekly training on the Fundamentals of Small Business Success? Each week we’ll cover an important business topic, with time reserved for live Q&A with a Michigan SBDC business consultant. Have your questions ready – it’s like a virtual coffee meeting with a business expert!