News Archive

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.

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.

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.