Student innovators can access $25,000 in grant funding to bring big ideas to market through VentureWell

Do you have an idea that can change the world? Each year, VentureWell awards over $800,000 in non-dilutive E-Team grants to early-stage student innovation teams that develop scalable innovations which aim to solve large social, health, or environmental challenges.

If you are part of a student team developing an idea to solve large social, health, or environmental challenges, take a minute to check out the E-Team Program to discover how its training and grant funding can help you make your idea a reality. You’ll learn, along with a class of fellow innovators from across the country, what it takes to commercialize your innovation, from customer discovery to competitive analysis to developing a winning value proposition.

The E-Team Program, part of the VentureWell Accelerator, supports student ventures as they embark down the path they are likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. We help you advance student inventions through a powerful mix of up to $25,000 in grant funding, entrepreneurship training, mentorship by dedicated staff, national recognition, and networking with peers and industry experts. VentureWell team works closely with each venture to explore possible pathways for their innovations as they advance through an Early-Stage Innovator Training Program.

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Why apply?

Up to $25,000 in Grant Funding
Unlock up to $25,000 to launch your venture. Grants are competitive, recognized nationally as a source of non-dilutive funding, and empower innovators to explore commercialization.

Sponsored Training
Attend our fully funded training workshops and explore pathways for your venture. VentureWell has a bank of innovation curricula that combine lean startup principles with company building, professional development, and individual cultivation.

Networking & Mentorship
Tap into the VentureWell mentor and E-Team network, with the potential to connect with investors and strategic partners who can transform your venture.

National Exposure & Recognition
E-Team members have been named to the Time Magazine “Best Inventions” list and Forbes’ “30 Under 30”; appointed as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador; and appeared in The New York TimesNational Geographic, and other publications.

Is Your Innovation a Good Fit?

  • Social/Environmental Impact: Inventions that will scale to address a pressing social, health, or environmental need. We fund innovations that can solve challenges including health, food security, energy, and climate change. See additional examples here.
  • Science- and Engineering-Based Inventions: An innovation that is different from other competing technologies.
  • Intent To Commercialize: A strong commitment to exploring commercialization of your innovation.
  • Student Team Identified: Teams that include two or more students and a faculty advisor.

VentureWell has trained over 1,400 entrepreneurs in 500+ E-Teams. Teams that have taken part in the E-Team Program have raised $740+ million in follow-on funding. E-Teams have launched 500+ ventures since taking part in our program.

Want to learn more about our program from past program graduates? Meet E-Teams here

If you are a founder who is focused full-time on your startup,Venture Well can also help you prepare to launch and scale your company through ASPIRE and our investor network. Learn how VentureWell startup programming can help secure your first round of equity funding.

The E-Team Grant program is presented through the generous support of The Lemelson Foundation, Qualcomm, and SBIR/STTR America’s Seed Fund.

We invite you to join us for a free, live info session on December 13 at 12:00pm ET to learn more about how we can help you take your invention from lab to market. We’ll share important details about the E-Team Program and answer your questions about eligibility and how to apply!

Register here.