open 2016

VentureWell is dedicated to fostering an emerging generation of young inventors and entrepreneurs driven to improve life for people and the planet. Our Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.
Dates 04 Mar 2016 12:00 am (UTC -8) 05 Mar 2016 12:00 am (UTC -8)
Place (View On Map) Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront

open 2016 is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education

It’s our 20th anniversary!

VentureWell is 20! As this is our 20th annual conference, we will be doing what we encourage our grantees to do: innovating. The open 2016 conference will be more interactive than it has been in the past, focusing not simply on what people are doing at their institutions but on what people have learned from their work. We are introducing several new formats to encourage purposeful discussion between presenters and audience.

We’ll also be doing some celebrating at the conference itself, with a special 20th anniversary party and more. Join us!


“Excellent conference overall; makes me feel excited to be working in higher education because it enables me to see that I’m part of a nationwide movement to catalyze innovation in areas that have societal impact.”

“Very high energy. A wealth of different sessions and great topics.”

“This is the best place to tune into the ‘pulse’ of what’s going on in the university community around teaching/facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship education. My team and I came back with loads of new ideas.”

“This was my first conference and I felt like I’d found my peeps. I profited from learning what others were doing and from the discussion of culture change and the examples of administrative actions. Also made many connections I will follow up with.”

“I was personally a newcomer to VentureWell—I had heard great things, but this conference exceeded my expectations and was extremely useful for my growth. I am impressed by VentureWell and have never seen anything quite like it. VentureWell connects people across disciplines and geographies to grow student leadership, entrepreneurship education, and inter-sectoral collaboration for innovation. I love this group!”

open 2016 will be held at the Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront on March4 - 5, 2016.

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