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Innovation Hub

The Hub is a place to nurture smart ideas and entrepreneurs to create a social or commercial value resulting in impact. The Hub assists in the formation of technology startup companies critically relevant to today's local and regional economy. Startups create 80%+ of net new jobs, new industries and new solutions.

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Startup Investment


 Entrepreneurs & Innovators Supported


Students, faculty, and community that call the Innovation Hub home, attending over 300 events per year.


Startup Teams and Companies Formed


This metric represents the cumulative NSF I-Corps teams and startup companies formed by the Hub. 

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Mentors Give Back


A community paying it forward, this number represents the cumulative hours supporting our innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem. The cornerstone of our Ideation, Commercialization, and Acceleration programming is the iTTU Mentors.




Sustainable Design Faculty Grants

Our Spring 2021 SustainableDesign Faculty Grants cycle is now open! VentureWell awards up to $30,000 grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs and/or building new courses and programs that engage student teams in developing and pursuing scalable solutions to real-world needs through innovation and entrepreneurship. This cycle will support faculty and staff who are committed to cultivatingI&E dedicated to positive social impact and environmental sustainability and will integrate sustainable design concepts tools, and frameworks into theirI&E curriculum.


Key Dates

  • May 19, 2021 – submission deadline
  • July 2021 – final decisions and notifications
  • August 2021- funds disbursed and grant start date
  • Fall 2021 – Green Launchpad Educators Workshop (GLP; more details below). Please note: due to COVID, the GLP workshop is planned to be offered fully online at a cost of $2,000 per faculty member; a teaching team of two faculty members are required to attend the GLP workshop. Date TBA.
  • January 2022 – As a follow-on to the GLP workshop, a Sustainable Design Community of Practice will be launched (SD CoP; more detail below); details TBA.


E-Team Grant Program

Apply now to unlock up to $25K in grant funding and the training, you need to launch your invention!

 The E-Team Grant Program supports early-stage innovator teams that are developing science and technology inventions addressing critical social, health, and environmental challenges. 

In addition to receiving grant funding of up to $25K, selected teams are accepted into the Pioneer workshop, which offers them the training and mentoring needed to bring their high-impact solutions to the world!

Pioneer is designed to build confidence and entrepreneurial skills in students as they explore essential topics like customer discoveryintellectual property, and business model validation. Teams will work closely with our dedicated teaching staff and collaborate with peers from across the country as they map out the path for bringing their invention from lab to market.

E-Teams receive continued coaching and mentoring after they take part inPioneer, as well as national recognition through the VentureWell network.

    Apply now!     

Key Dates
Application deadline: May 5
Pioneer workshop: July 26-30



SBIR/STTR: A program supporting innovation in R&DIs The SBIR/STTR Program Right for You?The SBIR/STTR program is a federal grant and contracting program that awards more than $2.5 billion a year to small businesses to support the commercialization of innovative technology. Are you missing out on this great opportunity? Join SBIR/STTR consultant Kris Parmelee for a lunch and learn opportunity that will cover the following key points about the program:• Definition of the Program• Eligibility• Key Elements of an SBIR/STTR Project• Overview of Participating Federal Agencies• Steps to Get StartedThe SBIR/STTR program represents the largest single source of non-dilutive funding. This workshop will provide an introductory overview to this complex and highly competitive program. Sign up to learn more!

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