News Archive

Brandeis Innovators Shine at Three Major Entrepreneurship Events in October

October 26, 2018

Brandeis Innovators have been making remarkable breakthroughs across industries from greentech to artificial intelligence, creating startups that promise to create value for global consumers, solve social challenges, and treat critical diseases. The week of October 15, Boston’s innovation ecosystem got to see many of these breakthroughs as Brandeis-affiliated companies were featured across the region at three leading startup events. Read more.
HackMyPhD Returns for Second Year, Helping PhD Students Learn to Be Entrepreneurial

July 18, 2018

 

HackMyPhD, Brandeis Innovation's signature conference on career-building for STEAM doctoral students, returned for a successful second year. Speakers from industry, the public sector, and nonprofits shared their experiences building satisfying careers both inside and outside academia. In addition, the event served as a showcase for Brandeis' inaugural cohort of I-Corps Fellows. Fellows shared their projects, ranging from greentech to edtech, demonstrating the diversity of Brandeis innovators' contributions. The conference, which aims to help doctoral students plan their post-graduation career trajectories, was well-received, with attendees calling the day "inspirational" and "eye-opening." Read more.
A hedge fund fully managed by artificial intelligence, with Brandeis roots

June 4, 2018

A.I. Capital Management, a Brandeis University startup seeking to build one of the world’s first hedge funds fully managed by artificial intelligence, has been invited to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program Read more.
Innovation Teams Showcase at Venture Cafe

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.

 
Associate Provost for Innovation Rebecca Menapace Leads NewCo Boston Panel on STEAM Diversity

April 11, 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.

Mass Innovation Nights Features All-Brandeis Lineup of Products

March 14, 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

SPARKTank 2018 Shows Diversity of Brandeis Startups

February 4, 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. Read more.
3rd Annual Innovation Showcase Spotlights Biotech, Other Innovations

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.

July 31, 2017

HackMyPhD was the first successful program in what is hoped to be a movement to bring entrepreneurial thinking to graduate careers. From the opening remarks of provost, Lisa M. Lynch and visiting scholar, Jessica K. Liebowitz to the closing remarks of associate provost for innovation, Rebecca Menapace – the crowd was attentive and filled with drive.

May 23, 2017

Workaround, one of the 2016-2017 innovation teams, have won a spot in the 2017 MassChallenge cohort. The largest startup accelerator in the world, MassChallenge accepts only 8% of applicants to their yearly accelerator. 

April 30, 2017

Brandeis Innovation has recently announced the winners of its 7th Annual SPROUT Program. Designed to encourage academic and entrepreneurial success, SPROUT allows candidates to submit their research projects for funding to a panel of judges. This year’s panel chose 8 projects from a range of different fields, including genetics, medicine, and microscopy.

April 30, 2017

Brandeis Innovation Day was a powerful day of of learning, connecting, and building the innovations that our teams have created. Participants had the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals, making important contacts and learning how to drive early business success. Check out the images here.

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.

 

April 17, 2017

Lean Startup Champion WeiWei Jiang to Speak at Zhongshan China-Boston Venture Investment Conference

A leading Chinese local government group comes to Boston on Friday, April 26, to identify investment opportunities and connect with local talent. The program's goal is to introduce these ventures and talents to a new entrepreneurial zone that the Chinese government is building to grow the innovation ecosystem in China. WeiWei Jiang, one of our Champions, will be a featured speaker.

November 30, 2016

2016 marked the second annual Innovation Showcase was a celebration of multidisciplinary innovations from across our entire campus. Flip through some photos of the night or watch how the team, Sclervey, is working to impact the treatment of complex corneal diseases.

Could carrots revolutionize the food industry? 2016 SPROUT funding recipient, KC Hayes and his team think so. The Brandeis innovators and OTL's Executive Director Rebecca Menapace recently spoke with WCVB Channel 5 Boston about how carrot pomace can change the fiber game and even impact Type 2 Diabetes.

Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center was selected to join Microsoft BizSpark program. The program works with selected incubators to provide infrastructure support, networking, and Microsoft products to qualified startups. Learn more about BizSpark. 

Brandeis Innovation Gets National Attention! Today Show anchors sampled pancakes made from coffee flour invented right here by a Brandeis researcher. The coffee flour was also featured in the Boston Globe.

How is Brandeis changing the world? Brandeis’ first Innovation Showcase featured poster presentations by the recipients of Brandeis’ SPARK and SPROUT awards on November 3rd.   Find out more about the the projects displayed for SPROUT and SPARK.

See interviews featured on Venture Cafe with Alan Hassenfeld; Sue Windham-Bannister; SPARK awardees Grady Ward and Dr. Laurence Simon; SPROUT awardee Deirdra Evers-McGregor; and our own Rebecca Menapace.

Sponsored by the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center, a partnership of the Office of Technology Licensing and the Brandeis International Business School.

In 2014, Brandeis received a $2.5 million gift to establish the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center to build upon the university’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by supporting faculty research while catalyzing innovation on campus.