VentureWell OPEN Conference

Virtual Online

VentureWell's OPEN gathers together representatives from across the I&E spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices. OPEN 2021 offers a dynamic virtualized conference experience featuring three days of immersive sessions, ample networking opportunities, and special events like the OPENMinds Showcase, Sustainability Award presentation, powerful speakers, and a poster session that will allow attendees […]

Pitching: Get It Together

Virtual

This interactive webinar will help startup founders build a captivating pitch that communicates their business solution's potential. Register. Ask any startup founder how they feel about pitching their business, and you'll immediately see them roll their eyes. Unfortunately, pitching is a necessary evil in entrepreneurship and isn't going anywhere. Instead of complaining about (or hyperventilating […]

Free

2021 ADA State of the Science Conference

Virtual

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, this State of the Science Conference will highlight research related to successes and challenges in fulfilling the promise of the ADA. Each day the […]

Free

Healthcare Safety Challenge Final Pitch Competition

Virtual

Medical errors are a persistent problem in healthcare. In fact, prior to COVID-19, medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the U.S, contributing to about 250,000 deaths per year. We need innovative ideas to improve outcomes and to save time, money, and lives. The JHF Healthcare Safety Challenge found the most exciting […]

Real Talk – Pitch It ‘Til You Make It

Virtual

During April's Real Talk, we'll hear firsthand from tried-and-tested founders who have pitched their business ideas countless times before and persevered. George Cook and Gabriela (Gaby) Isturiz are ready to share their pitching victories, hiccups, and nightmares. Not every pitch ends with a million-dollar investment, and our featured founders—who these days are more often on the receiving end of […]

SBIR Intro for Life Science & Biotech Companies Webinar

Virtual

SBIR Intro for Life Science & Biotech Companies May 6, 2021 – 11AM-12:30PM This session will present an intro to the $3.8B federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs, followed by presentations from several biotechs and life science-focused SBIR programs at NSF, NASA, and NIH. You’ll hear about each agency's mission, what types of […]

Free

Visualizing Powerful Products

Virtual

Join serial entrepreneur and CMU professor, Adam Paulisick, as he guides a small group through the process of building a stakeholder map and considerations for creating a minimum viable product (MVP). The hands-on workshop will help you prioritize who to build for and sell to and equip you with the tools to create a simple but […]

2021 Hardware Cup International Finals

Virtual

Watch finalists from all over the globe pitch their physical product startups for a shot at $50,000! The Hardware Cup presented by Innovation Works is a global competition for early-stage physical product startups. In the months leading up to the main event, pitch competitions were held worldwide to determine the finalist companies who will virtually pitch at the […]

Real Talk – What’s the Difference: Prototypes vs. Pilot Tests

Virtual

Join Ascender's lively virtual Real Talk - What's the Difference: Prototypes vs. Pilot Tests to connect with startup founders and industry experts and discuss pressing questions entrepreneurs face right now. At Real Talk, entrepreneurs set the agenda. When you register, send us your questions in advance, and startup founders will discuss them during the live session. In […]

NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Webinar by

Virtual

NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This workshop is a must if you are considering an NIH submission. In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, you’ll receive detailed instruction on developing a competitive proposal for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) SBIR/STTR program. Expect to learn: […]

$25 – $75

Ready to Raise Funds? Fundraising Considerations for Startups

Virtual

Businesses need capital to grow, but how do you know when your startup or small business is ready to begin fundraising? The answer isn't always a dwindling bank account. Launching and completing a successful fundraising round—whether from venture capital, grants, loans, or additional sources—requires a thoughtful and intentional plan. Serial entrepreneurs (and serious fundraisers), Christine […]