Venture development training and resources for faculty & students

NCIIA provides the support and resources you need to advance your idea or venture, no matter what stage of development you've reached. Our resources help; we've funded and supported over 400 student teams that have resulted in 130 new businesses that have leveraged more than $180 million in additional funding.

Student Ambassadors

We work with great students to promote our program on campuses.

Learn about the program.

Meet our 2011-12 Student Ambassadors



Generate ideas for great businesses!

IdeaLab is a highly interactive five-day workshop in which students develop multiple ideas, select the one they want to pursue, form a team around that idea and develop advanced business plans under the mentorship of experienced entrepreneurs.

Keep developing your idea into a business, and you may be eligible for E-Team funding and to attend VentureLab!

Sign up for an upcoming IdeaLab:



A venture accelerator for NCIIA grantees!

VentureLab is a highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of your business idea. You will 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.

Read this recent review from a VentureLab participant!

Get involved: Contact us for details about VentureLab.


Research to Innovation

A commercialization approach for scientists and researchers.

NCIIA offers workshops and resources designed to help scientists translate their findings into market-oriented technologies and products:

Research to Innovation workshops

Videos: Expert advice on venture development

Examples: how Chemical Centers of Innovation adopted Research to Innovation


VentureLab Online

The right advice at the right time!

NCIIA will connect you to mentors with the experience to help you move your venture forward. Learn more here, or get involved at VentureLab Online.



Take it to the next level. VentureWell provides venture development and seed investment to start-ups that will change the world. We select ventures that are emerging from U.S. universities and colleges and that are ready for incorporation and development. We provide advice and funding to ventures that offer scalable, market-oriented solutions to health and environmental problems. 

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Get started!

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

James Barlow  Humera Fasihuddin

Patricia Boynton 


E-Teams we've funded. (Apply for an E-Team grant.)


NCIIA support and resources:





Companies launched:

NCIIA grantees and award winners have launched more than 130 companies. Check these here.