Promotes rigorous interdisciplinary research based on the conviction that the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. Offers courses, events, special projects, working groups, and networks of professionals and other students.
Aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. Provides tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.
A crowdsourced database of competitions, grants, fellowships and awards in support of over 600 innovations that help NGOs, innovators, social enterprises, and developing-world communities leverage appropriate technology solutions to share and discover sustainable solutions to problems of poverty.
Looks to recognize innovators under the age of 40 from all fields with new contributions to the field of sustainability science, including, renewable energy, energy security, climate change, and environment. Up to 4 winners are honored at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference.
Looks for social innovators working to change the world and address issues regarding open technology, knowledge and learning. Provides 2 types of grants for Fellows: fellowship grant of various amount (based on Fellow’s salary) and a co-investment project funding of up to $250,000 per Fellow per year.
Brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of designers, economists, technologists and social innovators for an immersive residencey at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Serves as an incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors (either individual or pair), who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. Potential nomineeds are inventors, venture capitalists, engineers, or other influential professionals in the fields of science, engineering, medical or business.
Annually recognizes exceptionally talented young inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians, and pioneers whose work in science and technology has great potential to transform the world.
For biomedical and bioengineering students who have ideas for a health device, product, or technology that will address a current medical issue. Winners receive up to $10,000 in funding and recognition at the annual MD&M Medical Device Tradeshow and Convention.
The 12-month program selects Ambassadors who work as entrepreneurs, industry, government, or academia, and are prepared to be leaders and change agents in promoting invention in the STEM fields. There will be advocacy opportunities, public engagement activities and symposiums to engage media, policy makers, and the public.
Funding database that aims to support enterprises that change the world, as well as workshops that provide business development training for early-stage entrepreneurs who are post-revenue and pre-outside investment. Each year, Village Capital runs ten sector-based programs around the world, with half of their programs based in the US, and half based internationally.
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise supports pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. Projects from all over the world are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise. Awards Laureates between 50,000 to 100,000 Swiss francs to advance their projects, worldwide publicity, and a Rolex chronometer.
Compete for cash and prizes and represent your school in competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities nationwide.
The Intel-Cornell Cup is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology. Teams have the opportunity to win up to $7,500.
Interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Winners earn a cash prize of $20,000 for first place and $10,000 for second place, a free U.S. patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing, valued at approximately $20,000, for both the first-place and second-place winners, a People’s Choice Award of $5,000 selected by online and text voting during the event, and acceptance into the summer cohort of Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech business creation and innovation program.
Resources and mentorship for companies working on: connected mobile sensors and platforms; ultra-low power computing platforms for wearable connected devices; robotics for consumer electronics; or thermal management materials and architectures. Winners extended support from Samsung mentors and engineers, and an additional $5,000 in funding for a total of $10,000 in seed funds for participation in CITRIS Foundry.
6 month incubator program + 6 month extension option that provides additional resources and mentorship for companies working to solve today’s pressing energy and climate problems. Winners receive an additional $5,000 in funding for a total of $10,000 in seed funds for participation in The Foundry, as well as access to BECI‘s extensive network of energy and climate experts from both UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.
Resources and mentors for companies working on health-related technologies that combine traditional life science with integrated digital technologies (software, hardware and/or services). Winners are accepted into the QB3 Startup-in-a-Box program (6 month incubator program + 6 month continuation option) and have access to the QB3@953 shared space, mentors, and entrepreneurial community.
Engineering Foundry Fellows are undergraduate STEM majors passionate about startups, and helping to create tomorrow’s leading companies. Fellows work closely with founders on critical issues related to specification, prototyping, manufacturing and design
Offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as robot construction, sustainable engineering, animation, and video production, with the chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions.
The VEX U college and university competition has nearly 300 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in VEX U students get to apply the theoretical STEM knowledge they learn in their college courses, while picking-up many of the academic and life skills necessary to excel in the work force.
Provides students with a hands-on, co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and complements the existing technology-related competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA). (STEM) and complements other competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA).
TSA VEX teams compete either at events held at TSA state conferences or at other tournaments. The season culminates with a championship event at the TSA VEX National Championship, held in conjunction with the National TSA Conference
Crowdfunding platform for scientific discoveries and experiments
An accelerator and open innovation plaform with a materials/environmental focus that supports social entrepreneurs via netowrks of mentors that provide pro-bono innovator support and mentorship, with hundreds of programs focused on a specific theme (e.g., materials for sustainability). LAUNCH challenges encourages innovators to create life-changing, sustainable solutions in water, health, energy, waste, materials and green chemistry.
Higher education network providing grants, fellowships, competitions, sponsored events, programs (incubators, accelerators), conferences, networking opportunities, and investments for young scientists to help launch ventures that improve life for people and the planet. enrich classrooms, curriculum and campuses. Promotes science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses, and commercialization of ideas.
6 month practical, experience-based program that combines the consulting know-how of Silicon Valley accelerators with the vast resources of UC Berkeley to support startups of all industry fields, coupled with a mentorship program and wide network of investors, campus programs, the “”Skyfund”” investment, and a speical Skydeck Demo Day at the end of the program. Accelerates technology, science, and disruptive business startups. The program has five Practice Areas: Product Story, Market Traction, Business Model, Team Development, and Funding Plan.
Incubator program supporting social entrepreneurs through a unique 14-month fellowship totaling more than 1000 hours during residency; five months of free housing; one year of free workspace at Halcyon House and six months of reduced rent space post-residency; $10,000 stipend; complimentary strategic, legal, business, and PR support and training; mentors; and access to potential funders, investors, press, and partners during Demo Day, conferences, and other events.
Supports innovators and entrepreneurs addressing water problems by offering prize competitions, a business accelerator, access to capital and investment, market visibility, mentors and feedback, as well as in-kind resources. Their global innovation ecosystem includes leading utilities, corporations,
investors, academic institutions and associations with the water sector, government, and social enterprise.
Matches entrepreneurs with advisors who provide market intelligence, capital, courses and workshops, connections to funding and potential partners, market research, and networking opportunities. MaRS focuses its work on several main sectors: Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Cleantech, Health, and Social Innovation.
Design, innovation, culture and technology news blog at UC Berkeley featuring various campus organizations, student projects and startups, thought-provoking and interesting news articles, events, and ideas. Emphasis on building connectionis, cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus, and exposure to fresh ideas.
Enables scientists and biotech entrepreneurs to research and develop their products by providing economical lab facilities, a large biotech community, and a host of services to accelerate their success. These services are ideal for early stage synthetic biology, clean tech, green chemistry, food, and natural products focused companies.