April 2013

Clean-Tech Cluster E-Teams

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012 - $35,000

This grant will support a new summer course designed to serve as a pipeline for the existing clean tech entrepreneurship program on campus. The course will bring students, professors, and professionals together to build and demonstrate value propositions for disruptive clean tech business ideas. The best ideas from this program will be forwarded to CleanTech Entrepreneurship and CleanTech Venture Assessment courses for further development, and participation in the Michigan Clean Energy Challenge.

Biomedical Engineering E-Teams for Healthcare Innovation

Rutgers University, 2012 - $34,500

This grant will enhance the Biomedical Engineering Senior Design experience by helping students translate their innovations to the market. To accomplish this, faculty will: 1) screen for senior design projects with commercialization potential; 2) educate teams in innovation and entrepreneurship and provide them with clinical and business advisors; and 3) provide a path to commercialization for the most promising technologies and teams.

Innovation Accelerator Program

Art Center College of Design, 2012 - $29,000

This grant will support the development of a new incubator. The program will offer students twelve weeks of summer instruction and mentoring with the goal of quickly developing investment-worthy start-up companies. In the program, five E-Teams will form and go through an immersive and intensive workshop curriculum. They will receive mentorship from investors and venture capitalists, legal counseling, and business expertise.

Designing Technology Platforms for Youth in Uganda

Art Center College of Design, 2012 - $8,500

This Planning Grant will provide inital support for a partnership between the Media Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design and UNICEF’s Innovation Lab in Kampala, Uganda. Resulting E-Teams will work with UNICEF specialists and collaborators in Uganda in the design of new information and communication technologies. Teams will prototype, test, and refine their technologies together with local youth.

Innovative Design to Improve Public Health with a Global Perspective

Texas A&M University, 2012 - $42,533

This grant will support a research and design program focused on developing and commercializing innovative solutions to global health challenges in resource-poor settings. In collaboration with Engineering World Health and two local universities the program consists of two components: 1) academic design training in a laboratory setting at Texas A&M; and 2) field evaluation, testing, and commercialization in Rwanda.

Co-creating Water and Sanitation Courses and Providing Immersive and Collaborative E-Team Learning Opportunities for ASU and IIT Delhi Students

Arizona State University, 2012 - $35,780

This grant will enable faculty from both Arizona State University and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi to co-create new courses on global water and sanitation solutions that will provide immersive experiences for students and potential entrepreneurs at both institutions. ASU has many water and sanitation experts but has done little in terms of curriculum development to date. IIT Delhi has been working to increase its available courses in the area of water, waste, and sanitation.

Development of Joint Villanova/UNI Courses for Developing Sustainable Technologies for Rural Nicaraguans

Villanova University, 2012 - $31,120

This grant will support a new set of courses offered jointly by Villanova and Universidad Nicaragua de Ingenieria (UNI) to create teams of students focused on the development of technologies and businesses that improve the lives of rural Nicaraguans. Villanova and UNI students will work collaboratively on the design of innovative technologies and development of conceptual business models. The result will be prototypes that could be used as the basis for E-Team Program applications and for commercialization through business incubators at both Villanova and UNI.

Sanergy wins NCIIA's inaugural Sustainable Practice Impact Award

Congratulations to Sanergy, winner of NCIIA's first Sustainable Practice Impact Award, given last week at our annual conference. Sanergy is focused on providing hygienic, accessible, affordable sanitation for everyone in Nairobi's urban slums. Read Sanergy's blog post thanking NCIIA and the Lemelson Foundation for the award. We wish them the best in the future!