May 2010

Spring newsletter available for download

NCIIA News is the bi-annual newsletter of the NCIIA, with each edition featuring the latest in NCIIA happenings and a spotlight on a particularly successful recent E-Team. The latest issue focuses on VentureLab, NCIIA's new venture accelerator program, and Whole Tree, Inc., a Baylor University E-Team having success turning coconuts into car parts for the benefit of the rural poor.

Open 2011: NCIIA's 15th Annual Conference


More than 380 faculty and students attended Open 2011, the NCIIA's 15th Annual Conference, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Washington, D.C. from March 24-26. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our three days of knowledge sharing and network building.

In case you're filing your reimbursement form, the hotel rate was $189/night + tax.

Among the comments from attendees:

The NCIIA conference was one of the most productive conferences that I have attended!

Thanks to NCIIA for a great week. It was incredibly stimulating, challenging and validating. I know our team took what feels like a great leap forward with our project given all the input we received.

I love the conference; I always return with many ideas to pursue.

We've published a number of papers. View PowerPoint archives here. If you're looking for a particular PowerPoint presentation and can't find it, email Tim Binkert at

Thanks to our sponsors: The Lemelson Foundation, Olympus Corporation, NSF, Inventors Digest, General Patent Corporation, Intellectual Ventures and Time Warner Cable.


Spirit of Silicon Valley


 One of the great highlights of our 14th Annual Conference in San Francisco last March was the tour of the 'Places of Invention' in Silicon Valley, developed and coordinated by our partners at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Tour leader Amanda Murray, project assistant for the NMAH's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, reminds us how cool that tour was! Read the blog.

Opportunities for Faculty


NCIIA works with engineers, social entrepreneurs, designers, biologists, physicists and physicians to:

  • advance the fields of technology innovation and entrepreneurship
  • create experiential learning opportunities for students
  • move promising ideas and innovations with strong social benefit towards commercialization.

By the numbers:

Our faculty represent nearly 200 NCIIA member institutions. In the past 15 years, with NCIIA support, our faculty have:

  • Created 300+ experiential courses and programs
  • Engaged 10,000+ students in these courses
  • Initated 350+ student-led project teams (E-Teams)
  • Engaged 1,300+ students in these teams
  • Launched 75 companies out of these teams.


Where are you?

NCIIA provides the funding, training and network you need to move your course, idea or innovation to the next stage. 

Course and Program grants
Build or improve programs in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Sustainable Vision program
Advancing transformational educational programs where breakthrough technologies are created and commercialized to help poor people. 

  • Grants: up to $50,000.  
  • VentureLab for grantees: evolve your business strategy
  • Learn more

Teaching Resources 
Resources to build, promote, and support courses and programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.   


Open: The NCIIA Annual Conference
The premier conference on university technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Save the date:
Open 2011: March 24-26, Washington, D.C.

Olympus Innovation Awards
Recognizing faculty excellence and innovation. Learn more


NCIIA offers proven funding and workshop opportunities to support the development of student entrepreneurs. Read more. 



  • 2010 Olympus Innovation Award winners

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