Our team has a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative strategies and technologies


The CoVent-19 Challenge was a recent global innovation challenge that has created low cost, rapidly deployable mechanical ventilators (www.coventchallenge.com/). The 8-week challenge was hosted on the GrabCAD Challenges platform in collaboration with Stratasys, Ximedica, ADInstruments, PTC, Hackers/Founders, and Valispace. 

More than 200 open source ventilator designs were developed, submitted, and reviewed. The Ventilator Challenge has created a virtual innovation community of 650 designers and engineers, 250 global design teams, and 7+ million users on GrabCAD. These experts now have access to our challenge materials and the submitted open source designs . 

Africa Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFEM quickly developed and launched the “Frontline Care for COVID-19” initiative in March 2020. The programme provides guidance on screening, triage, and referral pathways for COVID-19 in frontline facilities throughout Africa.  AFEM will utilize its extensive network in 26 countries to deploy the Oxygen Toolboxes developed during the O2 Challenge. 


Venture well is a private 501c3 organization that has funded and trained faculty and student innovators to create successful, socially beneficial businesses.​