Opportunities for Students



NCIIA provides the funding, training, support and resources you need to advance your idea or venture, no matter the stage of development you're at.

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Invention to Venture workshop

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Invention to Venture (I2V) is a one-day workshop on the basics of technology entrepreneurship, with presentations by successful entrepreneurs in your area. Fast-paced and fun. Learn more at invention2venture.org.

Get involved: Want to attend an I2V? Check the events listing to the left. Host an I2V! Contact us for details.


Research to Innovation (R2I) workshop

Translate your research into innovations. Research to Innovation is a suite of workshops designed to help university innovators translate their research into marketable innovations. Learn more

Get involved: Bring R2I to your institution! Contact us for details.


Advanced Invention to Venture workshop

Accelerate your venture.  If you’re serious about moving your venture forward, Advanced Invention to Venture (AI2V) is for you. You’ll spend four days receiving instruction, doing exercises, practicing pitching and interacting with qualified coaches to develop and articulate a strategic plan for your venture. Learn more here.

Get involved: Want to attend an AI2V? Check the events listing to the left.Host an AI2V!  Contact us for details!


VentureLab workshop

NCIIA's latest venture accelerator!

VentureLab is a highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of your business idea: evolve your business strategy, sales channels and marketing and better understand the financial mechanics of your venture.

You'll get a plan and a set of tools that will help you grow your business for years to come.

Get involved: Contact us for details about VentureLab.

More about our first VentureLab, held in Boston in April 2010.



E-Team grants

Move your technology idea or venture towards commercialization with this early stage funding. Awards are up to $20,000; deadlines in May and December.

Get involved: Learn more!


BMEidea competition

Teams of US-based biomedical engineering student are judged on a complete commercialization strategy - design, product innovation, market need, regulatory pathway, sales strategy, and economic issues. First prize $10,000. Deadline in April.


BMEStart competition

Teams of US-based undergraduate biomedical and bioengineering students are judged on design and potential for commercialization. First prize $10,000. Deadline in May.



Venture Well

Take it to the next level.  Venture Well provides venture development and seed investment to university start-ups that will change the world. We provide advice and funding to ventures that offer scalable, market-oriented solutions to health and environmental problems. Learn more.


Contact us for information and advice on how to advance your idea or venture.

James Barlow  Humera Fasihuddin

Patricia Boynton  Mary Secor




Recently Funded E-Teams


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Publications for Students


Companies Launched:

NCIIA grantees and award winners have launched more than 75 companies. Check these here



NCIIA has funded 347 student entrepreneurship teams that have resulted in:

These businesses have leveraged more than $102 million in additional funding.