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SparkTank 2023


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.

SparkTank 2024

April 30, 2024

SparkTank, Brandeis Innovation’s signature startup pitch event was in a new location this year, but the energy, excitement and creativity were the same as always at the annual innovation competition. Marking the culmination of months of work refining their business ideas, developing their business models, and in some cases, developing viable prototypes, SparkTank is a celebration of startup energy on the Brandeis campus, in addition to being a chance for Spark participants to showcase their inventions Read more.


April 3, 2024

Within Brandeis University's dynamic environment, Brandeis Innovation serves as a hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, empowering students, faculty, and staff. Alongside offering training, mentorship, and pitch competitions, Brandeis Innovation features the "Profiles in Innovation" podcast, spotlighting community members who embody a culture of innovation and impact Read more.


April 2, 2024

Waltham, MA - In an exciting development for the food industry, and potentially for personal care and wellness industries, Brandeis University has officially announced a groundbreaking licensing agreement for JavaPower Coffee Bean Flour, an innovative ingredient set to be the next on-trend ingredient in the food and nutrition sector as a natural source for antioxidants. Greenwood Innovation, LLC is now the exclusive licensee for this coffee bean-based ingredient, and the sole provider of JavaPower to food & beverage manufacturers, commercial bakeries, food service and other developers of functional food products. This deal reflects the Brandeis University Innovation Center’s continued commitment to fostering innovation and promoting healthier food alternatives on a global scale Read more.


February 28, 2024

Brandeis Innovation Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliances Rajnish Kaushik, MBA, PhD represented Brandeis Innovation at the annual AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego this month. The premiere event for technology commercialization, the AUTM Annual Meeting brings together technology licensing professionals from research universities with industry technology scouts and leaders looking for the latest in technologies emerging from university labs Read more.
Eric Moyal, Project Insulin

February 7, 2024

In a world where life-saving medications like insulin are expensive, a Brandeis University alum, Eric Moyal is making waves with his groundbreaking initiative, Project Insulin. Founded on the belief that essential medicines should be accessible to all, Moyal’s nonprofit aims to disrupt the pharmaceutical industry by offering generic insulin at cost Read more.
The Spark Program

February 6, 2024

Brandeis University's Spark cohort 2024 has just kicked off, welcoming 11 teams with innovative ideas who are ready to dive into an entrepreneurial adventure. These teams are gearing up for their first big step: the program’s kick off where they will start turning their creative concepts into real-world solutions Read more.
Fall 2023 I-Corps Cohort

October 11, 2023

The Brandeis Innovation I-Corps program kicked off the in-person portion of its Fall cohort yesterday with a lively meeting in the Brandeis Innovation Center's training space Read more.
Brandeis Innovation Entrepreneurship Mixer

September 21, 2023

On Tuesday, September 19, nearly 60 students from across campus gathered at the Mandel Forum for Brandeis Innovation’s annual Entrepreneurship Mixer. Attendees were eager to learn more about the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the university Read more.
Tree for the Taking Interview

September 6, 2023

SparkTank first-place winner Tree for the Taking works to craft innovatively sustainable guitars and accessories using waste-wood from invasive trees. Using the invasive species Tree of Heaven, they have worked with the Brandeis MakerLab, as well as participating in the Brandeis Innovation Virtual Incubator, to create a more sustainable, affordable guitar that is good for the planet Read more.

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.
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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.