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VentureWell E-Team Grants     venturewell_logo.png


VentureWell is a non-profit organization that funds and trains student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures.

Their E-Team Program provides funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace.

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Why You Should Join

  • Help students commercialize innovative ideas
  • Receive non-dilutive funding and an entrepreneurship training workshop designed to help you discover the best market for your invention
  • Enhance student knowledge and advance their inventions to the marketplace.
  • Prepares students to enter programs such as the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps and Techstars


Dates & Duration

There are three program cycles per year: one in the Fall (October deadline); one in the Winter (January/February deadline), and one in the Spring (May deadline).

Typically VentureWell opens the call for applications about 6-8 weeks before the deadline. Teams can begin writing their proposal narrative at any time.


  • October 4, 2023: Application deadline
  • January 11-12, 2024: Pioneer Workshop



  • 2+ current students for the duration of the Stage 1 grant period
  • Support from a PI (Faculty, Program Director)
  • Support from UC San Diego Office of Contract & Grant Administration
  • Other mentors/advisor support suggested
  • Recommendation from the Basement

Application Checklist:

  • Complete the full application (project overview, team member resumes, letters of support)
  • Inform the UC San Diego Office of Contract & Grant Administration of your project and intention to apply for a grant
  • Submit a completed draft of the application (e.g. proposal narrative and proposed budget) to Jacques Chirazi at no later than three-weeks prior to the application deadline*
  • To request a letter of support from the Basement, submit your request to Jacques Chirazi at no later than three-weeks prior to the application deadline
  • Receive up to 3 letters of support (one is required and needs to be from the Basement, the additional 2 are optional)
*Note: Draft application submitted past three-weeks prior to the application deadline will not be processed. 


Open to all current UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students.