From Popular Science to Voice of America, from new companies and products and the launch of the Global Innovation Initiative to our new student ambassadors, NCIIA and its grantees were news stories in 2010.
Observing that social entrepreneursip activities had a low profile on her campus, NCIIA student ambassador and Princeton University sophomore Eden Full decided action was needed.
Last Friday (Dec. 5), 200 people attended the TEDx conference organized by Eden and her team. The event was designed to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship, and to promote opportunities on campus for students.
Fast Company's expert blogger, Alice Korngold, came to us and our funder, The Lemelson Foundation, looking to explore how companies emerge from university environments. Read her perspective on NCIIA's 'company development' model and three student-led companies that we've supported.
Humera oversees student venture coaching and mentoring for NCIIA. She started these efforts in 2006, launching Advanced Invention to Venture, a four-day, intensive, hands-on workshop for student and faculty teams committed to commercializing their products. In addition, Humera manages BMEidea, a national student competition in biomedical engineering. She joined NCIIA in 2005, where she was responsible for scaling the Invention to Venture workshop series to reach thousands of participants nationwide. Prior to joining NCIIA, Humera founded Edical May, a manufacturing and business development company enabling scale-up of new medical devices. From 2001 to 2005, Humera spearheaded the creation of the Regional Technology Corporation.
In 18 short months, NCIIA E-Team DayOne Response has moved from a student team with a cool idea to a company with a disaster-relief product being field tested by the US and Thai Marine Corps. Here's the story in pictures:
April 2010: incorporated as DayOne Response, and wins a contract with the US Navy to continue R&D on the waterbag via a joint technology exercise between the US and Thai Marines. The waterbag was one of the few technologies in that exercise to meet US military objectives for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief missions.