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    The 4th Annual SPARKTank pitch competition saw a diverse range of startups, from AI to sustainable energy, competing for prizes

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    The Annual Innovation Showcase brings together researchers and innovators across disciplines to present their latest findings.

  • innovation lecture with Visiting Scholar Jessica Liebowitz in front of slides and audience

    Visiting Scholar Jessica Liebowitz shares insights on how PhDs can become innovators, in academia and industry.

  • team working on STEM research

    Brandeis University is one of only four National Science Foundation I-Corps sites in Massachusetts, accelerating the economic and societal benefits of basic research.

Brandeis Innovation News

Venture Cafe
Brandeis Teams Showcase at Two Major Boston Events: BIOConnect and Earth Night

May 1, 2018

Brandeis Innovation teams made a big impression on the Boston innovation community this April, showcasing at two major Venture Cafe events. A.W.E.S., a sustainability startup bringing renewable energy to Africa along with economic empowerment to the region's women entrepreneurs, showcased their biofuel technology at Earth Night on April 19. The following week, two Brandeis teams spoke at BIOConnect, a biotech conference. Prof. Isaac Krauss discussed his breakthroughs in developing vaccines for HIV and cancer, while Ph.D candidate Ingrid Marko demoed her 3D-printed scoliosis device. You can read more about Earth Night here.
NewCo Boston
Brandeis Innovation Tackles Diversity in STEAM at Mass Technology Leadership Council NewCo Panel

April 12, 2018

On April 11, Brandeis University opened its doors to the Boston innovation community as part of NewCo Boston, a region-wide festival of tech innovation, sponsored by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Our panel addressed how to increase representation and diversity in STEAM.
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Mass Innovation Nights at Brandeis: A Springboard for Entrepreneurs

March 21, 2018

On March 14th, Brandeis University hosted Mass Innovation Nights 108 on what was also the ninth anniversary of its inception. The event hosted eleven teams, ranging from gently vibrating mats to calm crying babies to a sensor that can detect anomalies and leaks in water pipes. Every month, Mass Innovation Nights brings together about ten companies at various venues throughout metro Boston. This was the first time Brandeis University hosted the event. Read more
First-place SPARKTank winner Marshall Chang and Associate Provost for Innovation Rebecca Menapace

First-place SPARKTank winner Marshall Chang and Associate Provost for Innovation Rebecca Menapace

Photo Credit: Matt Parillo

February 13, 2018

On February 4th, a record crowd gathered to see Brandeis students, faculty, and staff compete for $50,000 in funding to seed their ventures. SPARKTank is one of the only university startup competitions in the US in which students, faculty, and staff compete as equals. In this, it’s a unique reflection of Brandeis’ collaborative spirit. The all-day event saw a spirited pitch fest with a wide range of Brandeis startups in artificial intelligence, sustainable energy, food, consumer apps, and more.
Innovation Showcase

December 4, 2017

On November 30th, Brandeis Innovation hosted its 3rd Annual Innovation Showcase, an event in which eighteen different presenters exhibited their projects to peers, as well as possible mentors and investors. This year, over 150 individuals attended the showcase, which aims to celebrate the creative endeavors of entrepreneurial individuals from the university community.
logo of I-corps program

May 2, 2017

Brandeis University today announced it has been awarded a $237,050 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) program. The grant will provide funding for innovative startups and technologies developed by Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

Brandeis is one of only six new sites nationally designated by NSF. The University of Massachusetts Lowell was also designated this year. Previously, the only I-Corps site in Massachusetts was MIT.