Venture Well E-Team

Venture Well E-Team Grants: Win up to $75,000 for your commercially bound invention and invaluable mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs at VentureWell. Deadline: February 6 2015 & May 8 205

Stage 1: $5,000; 50 teams; 2-day training program

Stage 2: $20,000; 20 teams; one-on-one mentorship

Stage 3: $50,000 investment; 1-3 teams

CLAS Small Research & Travel

The CLAS Small Research and Travel Grant is available to UVa College of Arts and Sciences students who want to conduct or present research or projects outside of the USA. The awards can vary up to $1,500.

Venture Well BME @ UVA Grant

Student grants from $500-$1,000 for projects which intend to advance human health. Teams are encouraged to have an active BME student on their teams, though all health and biomedical projects will be considered. To apply please submit the following to David Chen via e-mail:

  1. 1-2 page proposal +
  2. Gantt Chart +
  3. Budget +
  4. Team member qualifications+
Harrison Reseach Awards

The Harrison Undergraduate Research awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd year undergraduates with up to $3,000 for research and projects.

To apply, submit a 2-page proposal here by Dec. 1st. Available every year:

Design and Invention Competitions

NIBIB Debut Challenge 05/29/2015

Debut is NIBIB’s Challenge to teams of undergraduate students to design solutions to unmet clinical needs” 1st place wins $20,000 and valuable validation! Submission for 2015 ends on May 29th.

BME Start from Venture Well 05/22/15

BME Start is an undergraduate specific, biomedical invention design competition where you could win up to $10,000! Apply by May 22nd.

To succeed, projects must demonstrate:

  • Technical, economic and regulatory feasibility
  • Contribution to human health and quality of life
  • Technological innovation
  • Potential for commercialization
Improving Hypertension Challenge 10/30/15

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge:

ONC seeks to uncover the practices that have used clinical decision support to implement the most successful evidence-based blood pressure treatment protocols. ONC will then further reward organizations that can spread these tools for use by the most providers. Phase 1: up to 4 winners of $5,000 each. Phase 2: $30,000 winner. 

Submission Dates :

Jan 23, 2015 – Oct 30, 2015

Judging Dates : Oct 26, 2015 – Nov 09, 2015

Winners Announced: Dec 10, 2015

BME Idea from VentureWell 04/04/15

The National BME Idea competition offers collegiate biomedical entrepreneurs (undergraduates and graduates) the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical, early stage validation of their ideas. Apply by April 4th.

To succeed your project must demonstrate:

  • Technical, economic and regulatory feasibility
  • Contribution to human health and quality of life
  • Technological innovation
  • Potential for commercialization
Lemelson MIT Collegiate Prize

Lemelson MIT supports young innovators who develop impactful and original inventions in Health, Consumer Goods, Transportation, and Agriculture developed by student teams (or individuals.) The top invention in each category can win $15,000!

National Challenges

Check out the many different government healthcare challenges at

Entrepreneurship Competitions

UVA Entrepreneurship Cup

UVA’s very own entrepreneurship competition held in the fall of every year. Winners of the past have gone on to get research-funding to prototype their ideas, sell their inventions and launch companies.

Find out more here:

Baylor Business Challenge

Baylor School of Business opens up their entrepreneurship competition to students from around the world. You can win up to $25,000! UVa’s teams have made it to the finals every year!! Here for more info:

Darden iLab Applications

The Darden iLab is our very own C’ville based incubator. Acceptance to the incubator grants you lots of mentorship, legal help and $5,000 for your business. Learn more here:

Effectual De-Risking Competition

Have you made progress in your business plan by prototyping your ideas and conducting market research? If so, apply to the Darden De-Risking Competition to win up to $3,000 and $5,000 in in-kind legal services. Here’s how: