E-Team Program for Student Inventors and Entrepreneurial Teams - 3 application cycles per year


VentureWell, the Lemelson Foundation, Qualcomm

The E-Team Program supports dedicated science- and engineering-based student teams from across the nation bring their high-impact innovation out of the lab and into the market.
There are three E-Team application cycles per year—with deadlines in October, January/February, and May. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the day of the grant deadline in order to be considered. Typically, VentureWell opens the call for applications about 6-8 weeks before the deadline. Teams can begin writing their proposal narratives at any time.

VentureWell is looking for teams with:

  • Social/Environmental impact: Inventions that will scale to address a pressing social, health, or environmental need. VentureWell funds innovations that can solve challenges including health, food security, energy, and climate change. See additional examples here: Environmental and Ocean Health; Clean Energy and Materials; Sustainable Agriculture; Affordable Medical Technologies.
  • Science- and engineering-based inventions: An innovation that addresses a pressing social, health, or environmental challenge.
  • Intent to Commercialize: A strong commitment to exploring commercialization of your innovation.
  • Student team identified: Teams that include two or more students and a faculty advisor.