National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship  received a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to promote activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years.

The grant provides funding for a series of NCIIA workshops which take place in September and repeat in January/February.  These workshops are open to anyone and focus on covering topics of interest to those thinking of starting an entrepreneurial and innovative venture.

In addition to the workshops, the grant provides some limited funds to help WFU E-teams (multidisciplinary groups of students collaborating with a Faculty member on an innovative or entrepreneurial venture) with expenses related to:

  • Patent searches, covering out-of-pocket costs related to formal searches as well as hiring assistance for E-teams in conducting the searches.
  • Prototyping, providing resources to help E-teams be able to build prototypes for their venture ideas.
  • Market analysis, covering costs to E-teams of purchasing market reports, venture capital databases, fees for focus group participation, online surveys and telephone interviews.
  • Businesss plan production, covering costs to produce displays, posters, copies and slides for E-teams that will compete in business plan competitions.



At WFU, we define an E-Team as a group, multidisciplinary groups are preferred, of faculty and students working together to pursue an innovative and/or entrepreneurial initiative in the sciences that has potential to be commercialized, or in the field of social entrepreneurship that has potential to be made available broadly for social benefit.  Faculty who are forming (or have formed) a team that would qualify as a WFU E-Team and are interested in funding through this program should contact Dr. Bill Conner.

"E-Team" is a designation used by the NCIIA for a specific program they offer through which they offer grants to support commercial outcomes by moving science and technology innovations from the idea stage to prototype and eventually to market.  The "E" stands for excellence and entrepreneurship.  Grantees have access to NCIIA's venture development workshops, mentoring, and a chance to participate in the annual Open Minds exhibition, which showcases breakthrough technologies from NCIIA's top student teams. (read more).


WFU NCIIA Workshops

The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship has received a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to conduct workshops on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years.

Program Overview

The program consists of a series of workshops focused on the entrepreneurial and commercialization process.  The workshops are designed to provide student teams the opportunity to apply the knowledge that they receive from the workshops to the venture they are pursuing, leading up to the submission of an application for a WFU CICE seed grant. 

Students who successfully complete the program, by attending a minimum of four workshops in either the Fall or Spring (or a combination of the two), and by attending the I2V (Invention to Venture) Conference here at WFU in the Spring, will receive a certificate of completion.  In addition, some faculty members may be offering extra credit for their courses to those who attend workshops.

Students who plan on applying for seed grants to research, develop, launch or build their ventures, either in the Fall or in the Spring, should plan on attending workshops II through V.

Below is a listing of topics.  As we get more information we will be adding workshop descriptions and details of time and place.  Please check back.





The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Process:
Sources of Innovation




Market & Industry Analysis and Targeting




Building a Competitive Advantage and
Putting Together the Right Business Model




Forecasting Financial Needs and Pricing




Pitching your Proposal



I2V Conference













For time, place and speaker, please see the Calendar entry.