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SparkTank 2023

Announcing the Winners of the 12th Annual Sprout Awards

Announcing the Winners of the 12th Annual Sprout Awards


Brandeis Innovation and Hampton University, funded by the NSF, are partnering to increase the number of historically under-represented STEM PhDs in innovation.


The annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase provided Brandeis researchers and startup founders with a chance to celebrate

team working on STEM research

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


May 2, 2023

Becoming more entrepreneurial is a journey filled with creativity, innovation, and the drive to bring impactful ideas to life. Aspiring entrepreneurs must immerse themselves in environments that foster growth, learning, and networking. One such environment is the MassChallenge accelerator in Boston, renowned for its support and resources for startups Read more.
SparkTank 2023

May 1, 2023

Brandeis Innovation's ninth annual SparkTank competition broke the mold this year. With a new format and new energy, the event brought together top student innovators, faculty, staff, and industry experts in a showcase of the best student-led ideas at Brandeis Read more.
year In review 2022

December 31, 2022

The year 2022 brought with it new energy, as teams convened in our dynamic space to learn, collaborate, and create Read more.
8th Showcase

November 22, 2022

The 8th Annual Innovation Showcase once again gave the Brandeis community, alums and other external attendees an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the exciting innovations coming out of the labs, classrooms and dorm rooms Read more.
Profiles in Innovation – Jody Hoffer Gittell

October 20, 2022

From the classroom to the workplace, our way of living always involves some element of coordination and cooperation to accomplish our goals. How we work with others is an essential factor in determining the success of those collective efforts Read more.

October 15, 2022

In late 2021, researchers at MIT developed a material they dubbed OmniFiber, which can be woven into a special fabric that can sense and regulate physical activity, such as breathing or other movements Read more.
Two Brandeis Spark Teams Accepted into the 2022 MassChallenge Cohort

July 12, 2022

Brandeis Spark, the university’s business incubator and startup accelerator, is proud to announce that two of its teams were accepted into the 2022 MassChallenge cohort Read more.
The 12th annual Brandeis Sprout awards announcement

July 6, 2022

The 12th annual Brandeis Sprout awards were announced today. The program provides gap funding from a pool of $100,000 to translational research conducted at Brandeis that has commercial potential. The program continues to have strong representation from biotech and sustainability inventions Read more.
 Dan Perlman

May 26, 2022

As far as innovative inventions go, you’ll be hard pressed to find such an interesting, diverse portfolio as Dan Perlman’s. With over a 100 US and international patents  (published and pending), Dan’s work spans decades of research and development. Among his vast range of creations are laboratory and consumer products, which include the well-known brand Smart Balance and the Corazonas-branded snack products Read more.
May news story

May 17, 2022

The 8th cohort of the Brandeis Innovation NSF I-Corps program wrapped up this month with a demo day on April 13, 2022. I-Corps Demo Day marks the culmination of weeks of work exploring the commercial potential of research conducted at Brandeis Read more.
Meet Alison Elliott of The Farmer Foodie

May 17, 2022

What inspired you to start The Farmer Foodie?

I minored in Sustainability Studies at Muhlenberg College. I became extremely aware of my actions and choices and their associated environmental impacts, all of which prompted a lifestyle shift Read more.

The 8th cohort of the Brandeis Innovation NSF I-Corps

April 30, 2022

The 8th cohort of the Brandeis Innovation NSF I-Corps program wrapped up this month with a demo day on April 13, 2022. I-Corps Demo Day marks the culmination of weeks of work exploring the commercial potential of research conducted at Brandeis, in which interdisciplinary teams of business students and arts and humanities faculty and students conduct customer discovery to identify market needs for innovations born in the labs and offices of Brandeis Read more.
Sparktank banner 2022

February 16, 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 SparkTank competition. This year's slate of winners represent several firsts for the Spark program Read more.
STEM Innovation Training Program

February 1, 2022

Collaboration with Hampton University aims to bring HBCU STEM students into leadership positions in national university startup ecosystems Read more.
spark logo

January 24, 2022

The Brandeis Innovation Virtual Incubator Spark Program, Brandeis' accelerator for non-bench research, announced the finalists for the 2022 program today. The finalists represent a wide range of startup ideas, from biotech to bespoke jewelry Read more.
7th annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase

November 23, 2021

The 7th annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase was our first major in-person event since early 2020. It was wonderful to reconnect with our community again in the Shapiro Science Center Read more.
Seth rosen event

October 1, 2021

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur or creative innovator? Is it wealth? Industry connections? Or is it something we can all have? According to successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist Seth Rosen, the key common factor among founders who make it is mindset. Seth spoke at the first session of the Fall Back Into Innovation series, part of Brandeis Innovation’s Spark virtual incubator program Read more
Sprout 2021

July 1, 2021

The Brandeis University Innovation Center’s Sprout program, one of the university’s longest-running programs to support innovation in the sciences, has just announced the recipients of their 2021 Sprout Grant recipients Read more.

March 30, 2021

Earlier this month, the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing team attended the annual meeting of AUTM, the world’s leading organization for university technology transfer. In between meetings with prospective licensees of Brandeis’ groundbreaking technologies, the team enjoyed thought-provoking discussions on issues related to technology transfer Read more.
The Protein Is the Drug

February 18, 2021

One of the great strengths of research at Brandeis is the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that characterizes work in the University’s world-leading labs Read more.
SparkTank 2021

February 10, 2021

The annual SparkTank competition held on February 7th was a celebration of some of the best startups developed by Brandeis students from across the globe and across disciplines. This year saw a heavy concentration of startups in the fields of healthtech and sustainable consumer goods, showcasing Brandeis’ strengths in the healthcare business sector, as well as Brandesian’s commitment to sustainability Read more.
Spark winner

January 25, 2021

Spark, the Brandeis Virtual Incubator’s program to support promising non-bench research, announced the finalists for its seventh annual cohort this week Read more.
Year in review 2020

December 22, 2020

It has been an eventful year for Brandeis Innovation. Naturally, we pivoted online, as did the world, due to the COVID crisis, and have been supporting teams through the challenges of the pandemic and economic constraints. However, there were many other reasons why this year stands out as unique for our innovation programs Read more.
Brandeis ALS Breakthrough

November 10, 2020

Brandeis researchers Gregory Petsko, Dagmar Ringe and Shulin Ju have developed a protein for use in gene therapy for the inherited form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. The invention was licensed to a Brandeis startup, BRI-Alzan which was later acquired by MeiraGTX, a New York-based gene therapeutics company for potential development into a life-saving treatment Read more.
Light the Way for Brandeis

October 9, 2020

As Brandeis welcomes students, faculty and staff to a semester unlike any other, we do so confident that our commitment to repairing the world and caring for one another will illuminate the path through these unprecedented times.

Though campus may appear different, our mission remains the same: to provide every enrolled student with a world-class Brandeis education and enriching experience. Light the Way for Brandeis invites every member of the Brandeis community to contribute to student success and well-being. Your gifts directly enable the enhanced measures we continue to take to ensure that learning thrives amidst the pandemic. Support Brandeis students by donating here.

Embedded helper

June 26, 2020

This is the first of several articles featuring startups that came out of the 2019-2020 Spark cohort. Learn more about Embedded Helper, which aims to simplify coding for embedded devices, including robotics applications Read more.
Schematic of Spike-Receptor Binding Mechanism of SARS-CoV-2

June 5, 2020

As the United States enters its fourth month of response to the COVID-19 crisis, many are pointing to the testing of people potentially infected with the disease as the key to effective mitigation of the public health threat Read more.

March 15, 2020

We are going through a challenging time and it’s clear we are all adapting to a “new normal” with an unknown end date. We are reminded every day of our community’s resilience, creativity, and ingenuity Read more.

February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020--an eventful date in the US. It was SuperBowl Sunday, a day when some of the best teams face off to win recognition on the playing field. It was also Groundhog Day, which might mean learning how long winter lasts, or it might mean a day that keeps repeating, if you’re a movie fan Read more.
showcase event collage

December 3, 2019

The fifth annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase was one for the record books in more ways than one. Not only was it a milestone anniversary in the history of the Brandeis Innovation Center, but it also marked a transition for the program Read more.
Profile in Innovation: Olga Papaemmanouil
Profile in Innovation: Olga Papaemmanouil

November 17, 2019

Olga Papaemmanouil is revolutionizing data science and cloud computing. Learn about her groundbreaking work Read more.
 2nd Annual NewCo Boston Open House

October 17, 2019

On Thursday, October 17, Brandesians across the arts and sciences gathered in Epstein to celebrate their interdisciplinary innovations, sharing their latest projects in 3D printing, robotics, social innovation, and more. The event was part of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s NewCo Boston Festival, a daylong series of open houses designed to showcase the many innovative activities taking place in the Boston tech community Read more.
Audience in meeting hall listening to startup pitch

September 12, 2019

A record number of Brandeis students, faculty, and staff turned out for the 4th annual Brandeis Innovation Startup Mixer, taking place September 12 in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library. From Heller graduate students to International Business School undergraduates, from Rabb School of Continuing Studies faculty to Arts and Sciences students, the attendees were all there with common goals: to see what new startups were emerging from the dorms, classrooms, and labs of Brandeis, and to learn about support available to Brandesians with impactful ideas that they want to explore further Read more.
Grace lab

August 15, 2019

When it comes to creative solutions to many of the world’s practical challenges, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Grace Han loves running a lab that looks for novel ways to uncover just the right, often unexpected, technology. It’s a skill that was seen in full force at this year’s Sprout Awards, when teams from Grace’s lab took home two prestigious Sprout grants. Read more

July 24, 2019

When he first came up with the idea of creating a better way to find sustainable, healthy food, Galen Karlan-Mason had no intention of becoming a social entrepreneur. He had just earned his Bachelor’s at Brandeis and was completing his Master’s at Brandeis International Business School. He did, however, intend to transform his interest in sustainability into a career. Where he imagined that career was in real estate, an industry undergoing a green transformation in response to climate change and other global challenges Read more.

July 21, 2019

Two Brandeis startups were recently selected to participate in one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world, Masschallenge. The Masschallenge program hosted its annual Showcase event on July 16 at the organization’s dynamic headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District Read more.