April 2013

Smartplanet interviews Sanergy co-founder Nathan Cooke

Check out this in-depth interview of Sanergy co-founder Nathan Cooke in Smartplanet. Sanergy, which recently won NCIIA's first Sustainable Practice Impact Award, is focused on providing hygienic, accessible, affordable sanitation for everyone in Nairobi's urban slums. In the interview, Cooke talks about innovative toilets, design in underserved communities and how students in New England can help farmers in Ethiopia.

Capstone Course Development for the UF Innovation Academy

University of Florida, 2012 - $7,500

This Planning Grant will support further development of a pilot interdisciplinary capstone course.  The proposed pilot course will create multi-disciplinary teams from across campus focused on commercialization of technologies. The plan will leverage new resources for incubation and training being developed on campus and develop a cross campus aspirational technology entrepreneurship program for undergraduates.

Innovation Hub

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2012 - $10,000

This Planning Grant will support further development of a cross-disciplinary initiative at SIU Carbondale that will allow students of all majors to participate in a program exposing them to the innovation process, creative problem-solving, the entrepreneurship process, and venture creation.

Building Entrepreneurship Capacity Through Engineering Grand Challenges

University of Pittsburgh, 2012 - $8,000

The Planning Grant will support further development of an extracurricular program which consists of a combination of summer boot camps and academic year challenges. It will complement the existing engineering entrepreneurship curriculum on campus, and is based on the National Academy of Engineering's twelve grand challenges. The Lean Launchpad methodology will be utilized.

Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME)

University of Pittsburgh, 2012 - $7,500

This Planning Grant will support further development of the Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME) program at CSU Pomona. ESTEME has three main objectives: form E-Teams,  develop their entrepreneurial skills during a year-long program and develop and sustain an entrepreneurial ecosystem that the E-Teams can access to support and sustain the new technology ventures beyond the program. Resulting E-Teams will consist of undergraduate students from multiple STEM and business disciplines.

Las Vegas Lean Startups

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012 - $21,988

This grant will support the creation of a program to help students build viable software-based startup companies that will contribute to the emerging technology community in Las Vegas. The program will have three components: 1) a Lean Startup class in which E-Teams comprised of computer science and business students will develop, test, and refine software-based business models; 2) an agile software development class in which E-Teams will rapidly implement the software requirements; and 3) a competition that will provide a cash prize for the best mobile-app concept.

Engineering Entrepreneurship for Renewable Energy Innovations

University of Louisville, 2012 - $29,000

This grant will support the creation of a course on renewable energy technology. The course will focus on the importance of prototypes in communicating engineering and design ideas. E-Teams will form around innovative ideas, develop engineering and business models, and compete for commercialization funding to move them forward with support from university and community entrepreneurial resources.

Human and Machine Intelligence--Perception, Computation and Action

City College of New York, 2012 - $37,520

This grant will support a new senior design course in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering focused on developing innovations that can assist blind and visually impaired customers. Students will receive entrepreneurship training, form E-Teams, and pursue commercialization of their technologies.

Accelerating Student Commercialization Success through Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship

Rice University, 2012 - $36,000

This grant will support the development of two modules and a student early seed venture fund, with the goal of transforming the engineering design experience for students at Rice. The first module will develop students’ capabilities in design for manufacturing, and the second will build their entrepreneurial skills. Finally, a competitive entrepreneurship fund will provide early resources for teams that are serious about taking their technologies toward commercialization.

Establishing a Technology Entrepreneurship Program at UW-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012 - $35,000

This grant will support the integration of E-Teams into the curriculum at UW-Milwaukee through the Student Startup Challenge (SSC). The SSC will guide students in forming multidisciplinary E-Teams, developing working prototypes, defining viable business models, securing intellectual property rights, and preparing to seek next-stage investment. The program will focus on areas with the most socioeconomic impact in the region: energy, water, transportation, advanced manufacturing, and education.