September 2010

Limited slots available--submit your poster proposals now!

Don't miss out on the chance to contribute to the vibrant and growing body of knowledge in the field of technology entrepreneurship education. Submit a poster proposal for Open 2011, NCIIA's 15th Annual Conference. Poster session participants will receive the conference presenter registration rate of $490.

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SMIT Solar Ivy featured in Popular Science, and more

Former E-Team SMIT Solar Ivy continue to make headlines, as they develop their ivy-esque solar panel technology. Here's the stories from the summer:

Popular Science: Lightweight Solar Panels that Mimic Ivy

Departures: Solar Energy with Style The Ripple Effect

Dwell: The Future of Solar

Inhabitat: Inspiring Examples of Groundbreaking Green Technology



Sustainable Vision Grants Overview

Sustainable Vision TeachingLab 2011


Thanks for attending Sustainable Vision TeachingLab!

Curricular innovators from the US, Ghana, Peru and Sweden assembled at Colorado State University June 13-17, 2011 for the Sustainable Vision TeachingLab. The National Science Foundation-sponsored event was a hands-on training workshop for university faculty and instructors to develop programs or courses that support students in the process of creating market-based technology solutions for emerging markets. The perspectives, best practices and creativity of the participants, who came from over twenty different institutions and organizations, showed the growing interest and activity in this area and made the workshop a particularly rich event.

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A multidisciplinary facilitation team with many years in the field led the workshop. The facilitators’ experiences provided examples of successful course and program models. These included building robust partnerships both within and outside colleges and universities; employing experiential learning techniques; and involving end-users in the field in every level of product development.

The Sustainable Vision TeachingLab was the first convening of this community of curricular innovators. This founding group will act as a resource to others committed to social innovation and entrepreneurship by establishing best practices and sharing experiences in the field.








Contacts & Knowledge Map

Meeting dates/times
Monday, June 13, 2011, 4:00 pm check in

Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:00 am check out

The Teachers


We're bringing together faculty leaders in the field, with many years’ experience creating and teaching courses and programs, designing technologies and products, and launching ventures in emerging markets:

Amy Smith, Founder of the D-Lab program at MIT

Paul Hudnut, Co-Director of the Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment and Health at CSU

Anthony Marchese, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University

Paul Polak, Founder of International Development Enterprises

Bryan Willson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU

James Barlow, Manager of Outreach at NCIIA



Social media done right: NCIIA and Inventors Digest win major media award

NCIIA and Inventors Digest earned a top prize in Media Industry News Online’s national Integrated Marketing Award competition in the Print/Video category, announced at a ceremony in New York City this morning.

NCIIA and partner, along with Elise Communications, bested MONEY Magazine (Time Inc.) and partner Kia Motors, which got the honorable mention.

Inventors Digest and partners won for a “people’s choice” collegiate Web video and print campaign. The videos are posted at Inventors Digest.

Spark: A University-Level Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Florida Atlantic University (Planning Grant)

Florida Atlantic University, 2010 - $7,500

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) recently established a university-level Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform with the goal of integrating and enhancing entrepreneurial activity at FAU. As part of the initiative, this grant will help lay the groundwork for the development of two new programs: the Spark Incubator and a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Spark.

Developing a Cross-Disciplinary E-Team to Enhance Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Louisiana State University (Planning Grant)

Louisiana State University, 2010 - $7,500

This planning grant supports the development of a plan for programs to support student entrepreneurship at Louisiana State University through a new interdisciplinary course in entrepreneurship, a business plan competition, and a mentorship program. The three-pronged program is designed to stimulate the formation of LSU's first E-Teams, involving undergraduates, faculty and counselors from technical, business and humanities disciplines. The overall aim of their efforts is to prepare undergraduates to become contributors to both the local Louisiana economy and the global economy.

Entrepreneurship Initiative for Rural Southeastern North Carolina (Planning Grant)

University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2010 - $8,000

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) serves a diverse regional community of 38% Native Americans, 32% Caucasians, 25% African Americans, and 5% Hispanics and others. UNCP is located among the poorest counties in the nation, with unemployment between 12% and 18% and per capita income 40% below the national average. In order to help the regional economy, efforts are underway to promote entrepreneurship through the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship (TFCE). The TFCE is a UNCP-affiliated organization whose goal is to promote entrepreneurship education at UNCP and provide free entrepreneurial consulting for local area residents.

This grant provides seed money to lay the groundwork for a follow-on proposal to create innovation-driven pathways for university students to lead new business development in this economically underprivileged area.

Drexel Smart House Student Seed Fund

Drexel University, 2010 - $25,000

Drexel Smart House is a student-led, research-driven organization at Drexel University working to develop a sustainable model for urban residential living. The organization engages students in multidisciplinary teams working on a number of green projects, including a lightweight green roof, residential water recovery system, urban crop cultivation, energy recovery systems and more.

This grant will create the Drexel Smart House Student Seed Fund, which will allow students to conduct early research and prototype development. Drexel Smart House has shown that access to early seed funding for preliminary research and prototypes greatly improves prospects for expanded research funding and industry collaboration.

The new eighteen-month program will fund individual, student-proposed projects ranging in cost from $100-$2,500. Student-developed short proposals will be reviewed by a faculty member and a student review board. Project proposals will be from teams working on freshman or senior engineering design projects, multidisciplinary teams, graduate student teams, and undergraduate/graduate teams.

Sustainable Medical Device Innovation for Developing Countries

Johns Hopkins University, 2010 - $41,500

This grant supports a new course, Sustainable Medical Device Innovation for Developing Countries, in Johns Hopkins’ Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). The course, being developed as a core requirement for a new one-year MS program at CBID, will have the explicit aim of training students in the process of identification, invention and implementation of healthcare technologies that solve clinical problems in developing countries.

Students will learn through immersive clinical experience, partnering with hospitals and community health centers in South Asia and Southern Africa. Over the course of two semesters, they will work in teams to invent and prototype multiple solutions to problems they identify, develop a clinical trial plan, identify manufacturing partners, and develop an appropriate business model. Once the projects reach a certain level of maturity, teams will receive intensive mentoring on how to pursue further funding opportunities to fully implement their ideas (Gates Foundation, USAID, etc.).