The E-Team Grant Program supports student-led science- and engineering-based teams from across the nation in bringing their high-impact innovation out of the lab and into the market. Every year, we award over $700,000 in non-dilutive E-Team grants to these early-stage innovator teams who are developing scalable innovations that aim to solve a large social, health, or environmental challenge. Over the past two decades, VentureWell has provided over $10Min grants to more than 450 entrepreneurial teams. Our 380+ alumni ventures have received over $470M in follow-on funding since taking part in the E-Team program.

In addition to funding, we offer a robust Early-Stage Innovator Training Program designed to thoroughly prepare our teams to discover possible pathways for their venture as they explore topics like business model development, customer discovery, and intellectual property.

The E-Team Program supports student ventures as they embark down the path they’re likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. If teams continue with their startup after they graduate, ASPIRE and our investor network are available to help them prepare to launch and scale their company.

We’re looking for teams with:

  • Social/Environmental impact: Inventions that will scale to address a pressing social, health, or environmental need. We fund innovations that can solve challenges including health, food security, energy, and climate change.
  • Science- and engineering-based inventions: An innovation that addresses a pressing social, health, or environmental challenge.
  • Intent to Commercialize: A strong commitment to exploring commercialization of your innovation.
  • Student team identified: Teams that include two or more students and a faculty advisor.