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Innovation with an Impact

Being an innovator can be both thrilling and daunting. We get it. 

Ian Roy of the MakerLab shows a 3D printed molecule to a showcase attendee.The Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center was established to support the many innovative activities thriving on campus and to bring forth new initiatives and programs that advance your innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors. We’re here to help you with the next step - to provide you with opportunities and resources so your great ideas can have a meaningful impact. 

A partnership between the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing and Brandeis International Business School, the center fosters a culture of collaboration across our campus. It brings together students, faculty and staff in pursuit of innovation. We engage and inspire our community to create positive change in the world around us through ground-breaking research and discovery.


Founding donor, Alan Hassenfeld, explains why bringing our community together to create meaningful collaboration is so important.


When is the best time to build your startup?

We say now.

Introducing the Lean LaunchPad - an online, 12 week module, designed to walk you through the step-by-step process of launching your startup. A free resource for Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students, learn more about Lean LaunchPad and why you should start that great business idea now. 


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November 30, 6pm-8pm

Discover the many innovative and entrepreneurial ways the Brandeis community is making an impact at the 3rd annual Innovation Showcase. This cocktail reception will feature startups, inventions, social entrepreneurship, and scientific discoveries born out of the labs and classrooms at Brandeis University.

November 30, 6pm-8pm

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This year’s first annual Innovation Day was a celebration of multidisciplinary innovations from across our entire campus. Part of Admitted Students Day, the event saw over 200 newly-admitted students exploring some of the startups, inventions, social entrepreneurial ventures, scientific discoveries and technology emerging at Brandeis University.

Check out the video, and learn more about the teams presenting and the top industry mentors who participated.

Want to learn more about the teams and projects that presented? View the showcase event program to read abstracts of each project.


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Meet our Executive Director,
Rebecca Menapace, MBA, CLP. In addition to being a dedicated advocate for innovation at Brandeis University, she is the Associate Provost for Innovation and the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Brandeis University. Rebecca has a wealth of experience in intellectual property, licensing and start-up development. She has also worked in corporate development, product management, applications engineering and research for a number of Boston-area biotechnology companies.

Innovation at Brandeis

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Participants at the annual Brandeis IBS 3 Day Start-Up Challenge deliver final pitches to a judging panel of industry experts.

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Past SPARK award recipient, Grady Ward '16, created educational app, CalcU and will be starting at Google come this Fall.

DiscoverDeis. One of the 2016 SPARK teams to receive funding.

Discover Deis is one of six teams to receive 2016 SPARK funding. They are developing an interactive campus map as a mobile application.

2016 SPROUT award recipient, FlyBox, pictured in the lab with prototype.

FlyBox was one of eight scientific projects to receive SPROUT funding in 2016.

BITMAP Codestellation Stickers from 2015 Event

Codestellation is a student orchestrated "friendly hackathon" that encourages small launch teams to build and create new technologies in just 24 hours.

2015 Brandeis Innovation Showcase seen from above

The first ever Brandeis Innovation Showcase drew over 200 guests and featured previous SPARK and SPROUT award winners.

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