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Kauffman Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2011-2012 Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Program will award grants of $20,000 each to 15 doctoral scholars

DEADLINE: Sept. 14, 2011

Press Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 16, 2011 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today that the 2011-2012 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program’s online Request for Proposals is available now through Sept. 14, 2011. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

“Since its establishment in 2003, the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program has awarded fellowships to 123 world-class scholars,” said Robert J. Strom, Ph.D., director of Research & Policy at the Foundation. “We are eager to see the contributions that this new group of Fellows will make to the important field of entrepreneurship.”

This competitive program is open to students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. This program is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertations by the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Graduate students interested in applying for the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program can find the Request for Proposals online at All proposals must be submitted via the online application by 5:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Please direct all questions to

Recipients may use the grant to pay for costs associated with their dissertation, including data collection and analysis, databases, specialized hardware/software and travel.


DOE Aims to Double Number of Startups Coming Out of the National Labs

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Department of Energy Launches “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator”

As part of the Administration’s Startup America Initiative, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced recently the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, which will give start-up companies the opportunity to license groundbreaking technologies developed by the national laboratories for $1,000 and build successful businesses. As part of this effort, the Department is reducing both the cost and paperwork requirements for start-up companies to obtain an option agreement to license some of the 15,000 patents and patent applications held by our 17 national laboratories.

Beginning May 2, 2011, DOE will kick off the challenge by posting a streamlined template option agreement online for entrepreneurs to submit to laboratories. Entrepreneurs must identify the technology of interest and submit a business plan to be considered for the program. Participants will have until December 15 to make their submission to the laboratory.

As part of the program, the Department will reduce the total upfront cost of licensing DOE patents in a specific technology to a $1,000 upfront fee for portfolios of up to three patents. This represents a savings of $10,000 to $50,000 on average in upfront fees. Other license terms, such as equity and royalties, will be negotiated on a case by case basis and will typically be due once the company grows and achieves wide scale commercial success.

Entrepreneurs interested in participating can already view the available technologies on the Department’s Energy Innovation Portal.

Press Release [web]
Startup America Initiative [web]
DOE’s Innovation Portal [web]

Accelerate Michigan Startup Competition Extends Deadline, Criteria Expanded

October 7, 2010 1 comment

Billed as the “World’s Largest Startup Competition,” the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition extends deadline to October 13, 2010.

” The competition fuels innovation-based business growth by uncovering the best and brightest new business concepts from local and global entrepreneurs, exposing those opportunities to potential investment capital and fostering their growth within Michigan.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition targets mid-to-late-stage business start-ups with potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan’s economy, as well as student concepts with longer-term business viability.

With more than $1 million in cash winnings, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing and software, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is the world’s largest business plan competition.”

Startups will compete in one of nine industry sectors:

Advanced Materials; Advanced Transportation; Alternative Energy; Defense and Homeland Security; Information Technology; Life Science; Medical Devices; Next Generation Manufacturing; Products and Services

Press Release: [more]
Accelerate Michigan Competition [website]
Student Competition [website]
AccelerateMI [Twitter]

New “i6 Challenge” U.S. Grant Program to Bring Innovative Ideas to Market

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Updated for the 2011 i6 competition

i6 Green Challenge: Application Deadline: May 26, 2011

Press release [web]
Official Notice [pdf]
EDA i6 program [web]

Application Deadline: is July 15, 2010.
i6 Challenge [ website ]

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a new $12 million innovation competition, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Entrepreneurs, investors, universities, foundations, and non-profits are encouraged to participate in the i6 Challenge.

The EDA will award up to $1 million to each of six winning teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions

U.S. Department of Commerce [ press release ]
i6 Challenge FAQ [ website ]

2010 Rice University B-Plan Competition Announces $1 Million in Prizes

April 8, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Rice Business Plan Competition™ (RBPC) will be awarding more than $1 million in prizes to aid new start-up businesses at the 10th annual competition. The $1 million in prizes is a new record for the competition, which was already the world’s largest and richest.

The 42 teams selected from nearly 420 entries, a 20% increase from 2009, for the 2010 competition come from some of the best universities around the world. Teams were chosen based on their executive summaries to compete in six categories: life sciences, information technology, energy, green tech, social and other technologies, in the April 15-17 event. The teams will present 15-minute business plans with the top six competitors vying for the grand prize valued up to $385,000.” [nanowerk; read more]

2010 Rice U. B-Plan Competition [website]
DFJ Mercury – Tech Transfer & Incubation [website]

New U.S. Program for Student-Led Broadband Innovations

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and US CTO Aneesh Chopra, are asking for input on a new initiative to spur student-led innovation around next-generation broadband networks. From the Office of Science and Technology Policy:

” Although it’s impossible to predict what the next generation of applications will be, universities, companies, and students could work together under such an initiative, which would serve as a sort of “Petri dish” where new ideas could incubate and grow.

The initiative could have a number of elements, including:

  • Campus-based incubators for the development of broadband applications, with access to high-speed networks, cutting-edge peripherals, software development kits, and cloud computing services.
  • Relevant courses that encourage multidisciplinary teams of students to design and develop broadband applications.
  • Competitions that recognize compelling applications developed by students. Some existing competitions that could serve as models include Google’s Android Developer Challenge, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, and the FCC-Knight Foundation’s “Apps for Inclusion” competition. ”

Read the OSTP [announcement]
Dept of Commerce [Broadband Tech Opportunities Program]

Duke University Startup Competition Announces 35 Semi-finalists

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

” The Duke Startup Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition at Duke University that runs through the course of the academic year…

The competition includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, a full business plan submission in February, and a live finals event in April, with multiple teams winning cash and prizes throughout the competition for the best submissions. The prizes are awarded to overall best plan/presentation and best submission in each of several categories (e.g. High-Tech/Information Technology, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Consumer Products/Services, and Social Entrepreneurship).” [Duke, more]

About the competition [more]