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Now -> Sept 2, 2019
Come witness ARTECHOUSE's newest exhibit Infinite Space. The artist Refik Anadol opens visitors to infinite transformations and possibilities at the intersection of man and machine. MAVRIC has partnered with ARTECHOUSE to save you 10% on this exhibit using the promo code MAVRIC10. Restrictions: Valid for DC, online only through 9/2. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

Aug 11, 2019 
The MAVA SURGE Conference (held on Oct 2nd, 2019) is accepting presenters until Aug 11th. There are investors, partners, and customers waiting to meet you! Come present in front of like-minded individuals and make connections that can grow your start-up. To apply or learn more, click here.

Aug 22, 2019
Terp Entrepreneur Networking Event: Come enjoy happy hour in the presence of other Alumni Terps. You can make business connections and watch Julie Lenzer present. She is Chief Innovation Officer of UMD presenting on "what the university is doing to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem for alumni". RSVP here by Aug 16. *Only for UMD alumni *.

Sep 18 - Oct 3, 2019
UMD I-Corps next session occurs with a webinar kickoff (Sept 18th @ 12pm) with an in-person session (Sept 25th @ 5pm) following. Teams must set up 10 or more customer discovery interviews. What is I-Corps?  They are a commercialization program that helps you to find and interview your potential customers - you will be provided tools and guidance to help (in)validate your business. For more info, go here. To apply, e-mail  This is not the full I-Corps program, but is a FREE program that will help you to get started and to qualify for the full version.

Sep 17-18, 2019
The Second Annual MAVRIC Conference (look up, or down) :) 

Sep 20, 2019
SBIR Road Tour is coming to College Park,MD! SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) connects entrepreneurs working on technologies to the country's largest Seed Fund. At each stop, the SBIR gives attendees an opportunity to talk with participating federal agency program mangers in charge of awards. This is an amazing opportunities for innovators,entrepreneurs, researchers, and small technology firms. For more info, go here.

Sep 24, 2019
Jean-Yves Bouguet, Head of Computer Vision from Magic Leap will be speaking at University of Maryland.  A limited number of seats for non-university people may become available.  Email, if you would like to join the waitlist.

Oct 4 - 5, 2019 
SEED-SPOT runs 2-Day launch camps that are hyper-focused programs designed to help idea-stage entrepreneurs validate their customers and market, build a Minimum Viable Business (MVB), and develop a one-minute elevator pitch. The date above is for the D.C location, but there are other locations. 

2nd Annual MAVRIC Conference
September 17-18, 2019

Located in downtown D.C. 
Information and Tickets available at

Funding Opportunities

Lockheed Martin has set up a portal to make it much easier for small companies to connect with them to support SBIR/STTR proposals. They would love to partner with more companies in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Due: Aug 12, 2019
Knight Foundation/Microsoft Call-For-Ideas: They are searching for new ways to engage the audience through immersive technology. They will provide a share of $750,000, Microsoft technical support, mixed reality mentorship, and training. For more info or to apply, go here.

Due: Aug 15,2019
Office of Naval Research has a grant in the science of Artificial Intelligence. They are accepting white papers and proposals consisting of basic and/or applied research. 

Due: Aug 19, 2019
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) - The NSF is seeking proposals that aim to serve the underrepresented STEM students in both formal and informal usage

Due: Aug 30,2019
Department of Defense - Air Force Academy is putting a call out for those conducting research on the use of autonomy and unmanned vehicles in support of USAF Operations. 

Due: Sep 05,2019
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences has a grant for developing STEM resources geared toward student career choices and health and medicine topics. They are looking for creative ways to do such, even with the use of AR. 

Due: Sep 09,2019
COAL Prize has a contest showcasing the subject: "displacement related to disasters and climate change." What are they looking for? Well, COAL Prize has open calls internationally for projects dealing with visual arts relating to environmental issues. For more information, go here

Due: Sep 16, 2019
Fulbright ProgramsVTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation - Open to Academics and researchers with terminal degrees. For four to six months of onsite research in specific technologies including VR, AI, Autonomous Systems.  See grant page for more information. 

Due: Sep 19, 2019
Sony is seeking to give out two awards in emerging and innovative technology, including the applications of AR/VR. The two awards are based on a list of themes you choose. To see the Faculty Innovation Award, click here. To see the Focused Research Award, click here.

Due: Sep 26, 2019
National Institute of Health has a grant for those interested in researching the performance of cancer imaging, in order to improve the accuracy of cancer screenings. Specific areas of interest include (but not limited to) augmented reality systems and advanced imaging displays (like the Hololens). 

Due: Sept 30, 2019
Google's Faculty Research Awards is looking to fund world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related field. They have multiple categories to apply to, including Augmented and Virtual Reality. 

Rolling Applications:
The Sloan Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics program is a long-standing multifaceted program that aims to give people a keener appreciation for the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live and to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise. This includes work of AR/VR/MR.

Extra-regional Opportunities

Due: Aug 29, 2019
EDIDP-SME-2019: Innovative defense products, solutions, materials and technologies, including those that can create a disruptive effect and improve readiness, deploy ability, reliability, safety and sustainability of EU forces in all spectrum of tasks and missions, for example in terms of operations, equipment, infrastructure, basing, energy solutions, new surveillance systems. Proposal examples include medical VR training and AR combat helmet.

Due: Sep 3, 2019
The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals. The Conservation, Protection and Use call will support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. It invites research projects that take a global approach to preserving Europe’s heritage and which result in a better understanding of our history, traditions and culture, of our individual and collective identities, and ultimately of our well-being. Eligible teams must be based in Cyprus,  Czech Republic, France , Italy , Latvia , Norway , Poland, Portugal , Spain , The Netherlands, or The United Kingdom.

Due: Sept 18, 2019
Research Award - Innovations in Education provides a one-year, in-house program with training and mentorship for those pursuing research in Education. They are seeking to award those conducting research under a few themes listed here. One theme is the area of "The impact of education innovations ( i.e Machine learning, AR tech, and more) in Global South contexts." To apply for this opportunity you do need to meet a few requires, like being Canadian. For more information, click here.

Due: Oct 16, 2019
Innovate UK Smart Grants is looking to invest in a UK-based business or a RTO. They want to fund the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas geared toward commercialization. Applications of tech, science and/or engineering can apply! 


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