2021 Seed Grantees

In FY 2020-21, the Veale Institute supported 11 Veale Fellows in their endeavors, as detailed:

Lead: Ed Caner, Director of Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP), College of Arts and Sciences

This project will pilot a one-credit innovation & entrepreneurship “mini-course” for Spring 2021 that targets graduate students in non-professional programs as well as advanced undergraduate students in STEM. The course will introduce students to forecasting in research, development, and commercialization and identifying relevant performance parameters.

Lead: Mandy Varley, PhD student at the Weatherhead School and Ellen Van Oosten, Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior & Faculty Director, Executive Education, Weatherhead School of Management

Founder Well-being Circle is a group coaching program to promote well-being, authentic leadership and mental health for CEOs, founders, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The month-long program would include 1 individual coaching session and 4 weekly group coaching meetings to approximately 16 Founders in 2 cohort groups. 

Lead: Chamois Williams, Director of Alumni Engagement, CWRU Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of CWRU and the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship would co-host 2-3 programs highlighting alumni entrepreneurs. Events may incorporate a company tour, alumni speaker panel with reception, or alumni presentation event and networking reception.

Lead: Megan Buchter, Director of Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, Weatherhead School of Management

The Fowler Center will introduce Social Impact 360, a youth-led movement for business for good, to CWRU’s campus. The program trains young people to build businesses that solve social issues and create social impact in corporate America at colleges nationwide.

Lead: Todd Smith, Director & Assistant Professor, Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, School of Nursing

This project will pioneer a dual-degree BSN-MBA and MSN-MBA program between the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Weatherhead School of Management.  These programs will act as a catalyst to promote interprofessional, entrepreneurial learning by creating new pathways to foster venture creation and commercialization through collaborative entrepreneurial learning.

Lead: Youngjin Yoo, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship & Professor of Information Systems, Weatherhead School of Management

The project is to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders in the region and on campus to build a strong ecosystem around ethical technology, by leveraging the strategic partnership that CWRU is building with HAT to identify and connect potential participants in the ecosystem. To accomplish this, they will develop the HAT sandbox and host training sessions, workshops, hackathon, seminars, and competitions. 

Lead: Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies & Professor, Economics, Weatherhead School of Management

Progressing student and alumni ventures, with an eye toward competitions, pre-accelerators and accelerators. This includes managing and enhancing the Morgenthaler Pavey Startup Competition, and helping the ventures gain access to accelerators, pre-accelerators, angel investors and venture capital funds. 

Lead: Tessiana Misko, Program Manager of Training and Educational Opportunities, School of Medicine

This project would bring in a leading expert in a specialized area of entrepreneurship to campus to provide hands-on learning for biomedical research graduate students to learn entrepreneurial skills such as presentations and elevator pitch skills, LinkedIn engagement, business plan development, and more.

Lead: Andrew Cornwell, PhD, Director, Industrial and Strategic Collaborations, Cleveland FES Center and Associate Director, Case Coulter Translational Research Partnership

This project will support the Cleveland NeuroDesign Innovation Fellowship, which develops trained experts to efficiently bring clinically-impactful products successfully to market by equipping fellows with a proven, repeatable process to identify healthcare needs, invent novel health technologies to address them, and prepare to implement those products into patient care.

Lead: Lynn Rollins, Program Director of the Center for Engineering Action, Case School of Engineering

This project will design a four- to six-module curriculum that could be used as part of recently piloted courses ENGR 395 (Community Engaged, Interdisciplinary Team Based Design Projects), and USNA 298T (Community Problem Solving), among others.  From projects like vaccine carrier design to pediatric pulse oximetry to solar power, Rollins has worked with many design teams who enter design competitions with hopes of seeing their prototypes reach the market someday.

Lead: Amanda Koziura, ‎Digital Scholarship Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library

Lead the development of workshops, modules, and/or co-sponsored seminars, enhancing digital and information literacy skills helps prepare students to critically engage with the global information environment.